When the National Association of Realtors held its 2001 annual meeting in Chicago just one month after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Vice President of Conventions Susan Gourley figured that many attendees would decide to drive to the event rather than take a plane. But she never expected to see seven attendees in a rented van roll in from Portland, Maine, 1,086 miles away. For 2009 and beyond, however, association planners should come to expect more stories like that — not because ...

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