The economic slowdown had only made a slight dent in companies' incentive programs when we surveyed 366 readers in October and November 2001. In fact, many had kept budgets and spending at 2000 levels: 59 percent held the same number of incentive trips in 2001 as the year before (compared to 55 percent last year), and 39 percent said their incentive budgets were the same in 2001 as 2000 (compared to 43 percent in our last survey). The two places where the faltering economy was in evidence ...

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