The Motivation Show/Incentive Travel & Meeting Executives Show, which lights up Chicago's McCormick Place every September with thousands of destination exhibitors and meeting and incentive buyers, is not immune to the economic slowdown. Buyer attendance for the 2002 IT&ME was up substantially from 2001 (which convened just a few weeks after 9/11), but numbers were off 19 percent from 2000. Exhibit sales were also disappointing, not even hitting 2001 levels. “Clearly the economy and ...

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