Forecast: 3 percent. That's the growth in spending that meeting planners, on average, are anticipating for the year ahead. That's according to Meeting Professionals International's FutureWatch 2004, an annual survey of MPI members — meeting planners and industry suppliers — that is co-sponsored by American Express and was released in January. Three percent is something to cheer about compared to the 2003 FutureWatch, in which planners predicted negative spending growth (-1 percent); ...

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