Median salary of meeting/event planner:$51,029 Number of new or expanded convention center projects that are currently in planning or construction:44 Number of room nights booked in Chicago in 2004:7.7 million Percent that business and convention travel increased in 2004:4% Percent of meeting professionals who expect to make a career change within the next year:38% Sources:; Brookings Institution; Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau; Travel Industry Association; MPI

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