Money spent on sponsorships for events and meetings declined 1 percent in 2009 in the United States, to $16.5 billion. There's good news, however, for association meeting planners: Spending on association events actually increased last year and is expected to climb again in 2010, according to the IEG Sponsorship Report, published by IEG Sponsorship Consulting, Chicago. The overall decline last year marked the first time since IEG began tracking sponsorship spending 25 years ago that the ...

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