III. Industry Analysis
The Event Planning industry is highly dependent on the willingness of households and businesses to spend money on social gatherings. Consequently, per capita disposable income and consumer confidence levels are the key drivers of demand from the household market.
With that said, over the past five years, the industry has benefitted from an increase in per capita disposable income and consumer confidence. In particular, rising per capita disposable income and an increase in the number of households earning above $100,000 have bolstered demand from individual customers.
Favorable macroeconomic conditions will keep industry revenue afloat over the next five years. The number of businesses in the United States is also expected to rise an annualized 1.7% over the next five years, while the total labor force is expected to grow an annualized 2.5% during the same five-year period. As total employment rises, average sales to business clients will grow in turn since corporate event planners typically base their service fees on the number of guests served per event. As more employees join the workforce and decide to attend corporate dinners and parties, businesses will demand larger venues and more amenities, which directly boosts per-event sales, while helping to support profit margins for industry operators.