How can anyone predict the effect that the war on terrorism will have on meetings, conventions, and business travel? “It's like trying to gaze into a crystal ball while it's rolling,” was how Laurie Armstrong, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, put it. Yet there are strong indications that meetings and business travel are gaining momentum. “Americans thrive on disasters. This is a nation of positive thinkers and forward-lookers,” says Max Starkov, a travel ...

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