Almost three quarters of meeting professionals expect business to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 or later, according to the Fall 2020 Meetings Outlook published by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The report also showed that 58% of respondents predict favorable business conditions—"a huge flip-flop versus last quarter’s weakest-ever prediction.“ Live attendance projections are creeping back up from an all-time low: 27% of respondents now envision favorable in-person numbers over the next year (last quarter, only 11% said the same). At the same time, projected virtual attendance remains “incredibly strong.” In addition, 63% of respondents are worried that the proliferation of virtual/hybrid will permanently affect the desire or support for face-to-face gatherings in the future. Jessie States, director of the MPI Academy, said “it’s encouraging to see that more senior professionals are beginning to project improving business conditions for 2021.” She added that a partial rebound in positive market forecasts “is a good first sign.”