We recently caught up with Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX, the worldwide exhibition for incentive meetings, travel, and events, to get his perspective on the global recession and the outlook for international meetings. Gearing up for IMEX 2009, May 26–28 in Frankfurt, Germany, Bloom said the downturn clearly is being felt; however, if the interest in IMEX is any guide, the drive and desire for meetings hasn’t weakened a bit. “In this economy, there are fewer meetings being organized and those ...

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