Meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and incentive travel generated $122.3 billion in direct spending in the United States last year, according to the Convention Industry Council's Economic Impact Study, released in September. Association-sponsored events accounted for two-thirds, or $81.9 billion, of direct spending, while corporate meetings and events comprised the rest. “What the study says more than anything else is that the industry is incredibly resilient,” says Mary Power, CIC's ...

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