In MPI's second-quarter Meetings Outlook survey of 200 meeting professionals, questioned in March by research firm Association Insights, 43 percent predict budgetary increases in 2014, with 16 percent predicting decreases. This is not too far off from MPI's prior Meetings Outlook survey, released in February, in which 45 percent of respondents predicted budget increases, and 15 percent expected decreases. Most respondents indicated that the outlook for meetings this upcoming year is good. Seventy-three percent predict better business conditions in 2014 than in 2013, compared with 72 percent in the winter edition who responded similarly, and 13 percent predicted no significant change. However, the number of respondents predicting worse business conditions increased since February, to 14 percent from 8 percent. More than half of respondents, 53 percent, expect in-person attendance to increase this year from 2013, a drop from the 66 percent who predicted an increase in February. Fourteen percent in the most recent survey predicted a decrease in attendance, compared with 6 percent who predicted a decrease in the winter report. Get the full story at Business Travel News