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Indian Events and Activations industry expected to cross Rs 10,000 crore by 2020-21: EY Report

The key growth drivers are digital activation, sports leagues, rural expansion and government initiatives followed by IPs, personal events, product launches, expansion of mini-metros and BTL spends

The Events and Activations industry has grown at 16 per cent in FY 2016-17 and is expected to cross Rs 10,000 crore by FY2020-21, according to EY ‚Äď EEMA (Event and Entertainment Management Association) report titled ‚Äė#Experience_Next‚Äô. The key insights in the report suggests that average number of events are increasing across all formats, Government spending is expected to grow at 14 per cent and sports is expected to grow at 18 per cent over the next five years, wherein India attributes to 1 per cent of the global sports market.

Ashish Pherwani, Partner and Media and Entertainment Advisory Leader, EY India said, ‚ÄúThe Events and Activation industry is growing at a fast pace and is expected to further grow exponentially due to its ability to adapt and grow with innovative technology. With focus on newer avenues such as sports leagues, rural expansion, digital activations, increased Government marketing initiatives, etc., we see the events industry surpassing overall growth rate of M&E industry.‚ÄĚ


Sabbas Joseph, President, EEMA, said, ‚ÄúEvent management has now transformed into experience creation with amalgamation of technology, innovative ideas and creative content. The Indian economy has undergone a lot of changes in the recent past and the Events and Activation industry has come out unscathed. This demonstrates the industry‚Äôs strength and ability to get things done under any circumstances.‚ÄĚ

According to the report, which is based on a survey of 64 event management companies and 31 marketers, overall the events and activations industry is expected to grow from Rs 5,631 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 10,000 crore in 2020-21. The organised events industry is growing faster than the 11 per cent - 13 per cent of CAGR of the Indian M&E industry. The key growth drivers for the same are digital activation, sports leagues, rural expansion and government initiatives followed by IPs, personal events, product launches, expansion of mini-metros and BTL spends.


Snapshot of the findings from the report on the current scenario:

·        Managed event is still the largest segment, with around 90 per cent of respondents providing these events.

·        Average IPs and activations per respondent have doubled since 2013-14, while average digital events per respondent have shown a 9x growth since 2013-14.

·        There is a fall in proportionate revenue generated by activations from 31 per cent in 2015 to 22 per cent in 2017, showing that there is a distinct move to digital activations.

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·        Around 75 per cent of all respondents’ clients were corporates.

·        Technology, FMCG, auto, media and entertainment and telecom are the largest users of the Events & Activations industry.

·        An average of 26 per cent of the total employees of the respondents consist of women employees.


Snapshot of the findings from the report on opportunities for the industry:

·        Digital is driving growth, as respondents felt that marketers spends on digital events would grow at 20 per cent over the next two years.

·        Most respondents felt that sports would significantly grow at 18 per cent.

·        Most respondents expected ticketed events to witness a moderate level of growth in the next two to three years.

·        95 per cent of the survey respondents agreed that rural events and activations would gain increased importance over next two to three years.

·        Over 85 per cent of respondents plan to launch new products or properties in the next two years, and almost a fifth of respondents will launch three or more products.

·        73 per cent of marketers expected their BTL spends to grow during the next two years, with 43 per cent expecting growth to be over 10 per cent per annum.

·        Digital integration was either important or very important for the events of 90 per cent of marketers.


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