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: Salary.com; Brookings Institution; Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau; Travel Industry Association; MPI