Has either the stalled U.S. economy or the possibility of war with Iraq significantly affected international program planning? Yes and no. Despite the uncertain state of world affairs, international planners continue to book meetings overseas and remain optimistic about the outlook for 2003 and beyond. But they're also adjusting their expectations and taking added precautions. “In the short term, given the economy and the focus on terrorism, I have concerns,” says Gary Shapiro, president ...

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