“Our business has always been only association business,” says John Siciliano, executive director of the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwoods, N.J. According to Siciliano, associations tend to gravitate to second-tier cities for their meetings because “it's a little more expensive to go to an Atlantic City or New York.” What's changed, however, since September 11 and the worsening of the economy — with the double whammy of many new convention facilities having come on line in recent ...

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