Not feeling the pinch yet

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That's what most of the event pros interviewed by Special Events magazine said in this article when asked if they're feeling any pain from the financial situation we find ourselves in these days. The consensus seems to be that the pain will start to set in with the new year, since many budgets are already set for the remainder of '08. Then again, the Motivation Show that just wrapped up ended up with lower attendance numbers than originally projected. From a MeetingsNet article on the show:

    While pre-registration was up over 2007 numbers, said Pete Erickson, managing director, Hall-Erickson Inc., “verified attendance was down from 2007 … very disappointing. It appears that people were planning to come and then didn't. The news of the day certainly didn't help us.”

So, we continue to wait and see...

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