Widespread acceptance of the euro in a number of countries has made life a little easier for Laurie Fitzgerald. A convention manager with Smith, Bucklin & Associates, an association management firm in Chicago, Fitzgerald has planned international events for 14 years and recalls the days when she had to keep $150,000 in a Swiss bank account and collect registration fees or pay vendors in five separate currencies. Today, she says, “the euro has really simplified a lot of that.” The euro ...

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