Among the trends discussed by planners and their DMC partners during the GEP educational and networking sessions: Consolidation. There is a trend in corporate America, driven in large part by new technologies, to consolidate the dollars spent on corporate meetings and events because of the potential for huge savings. In-house or outsource? Meeting planning departments, in some cases, are being downsized, and corporate planners are running scared, worried about proving ROI. On the other ...

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