Returning to the city that hosted its first meeting 50 years ago, the Professional Convention Management Association drew more than 3,000 attendees during its annual meeting in Philadelphia, held January 8 to 11. PCMA's 2005 chairman, Gregg Talley, CAE, said at a press conference during the event that about 40 percent of registrants were planners, the rest suppliers. He estimated that the economic impact of the PCMA meeting in Philadelphia over the next 10 years would be about $200 million ...

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