As a growing number of corporations opt for regional meetings over large national conferences, second- and third-tier destinations are reaping the benefits of the shift. “Some companies that used to do a couple of national meetings might be breaking into three or four regional meetings, and these locations obviously benefit from that,” says Tim Brown, president, Meeting Sites Resource, Newport Beach, Calif. The trend, which began after September 11, 2001, has taken off this year, according ...

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