DATING TRAIL - Jan 12 - The most popular format of singles events remains speed dating, accounting for 80% of events held. The dating events market hasn't been untouched by the financial crisis and we've been tracking ticket prices through a tough period for organisers. When the recession hit and people were spending less, ticket prices dropped - it got cheaper to go dating in 2009. The trend continued through most of 2010 with prices continuing to fall. In Sep '10 the situation reversed and ticket prices have steadily increased, showing a rise of 5.5% in Dec on the same period last year.