As 2009 comes to a close, the “Great Recession” lingers on. While depressions have a beginning and an end, it’s not as clear with recessions, and though there have been significant rises in gross domestic product and monthly economic indicators, unemployment was over 10 percent at press time. The bottom line: You may hear that the recession is over, but you won’t feel it anytime soon. In the meetings space, reports of the effects of the economy in ’09—and its potential impact on 2010—vary ...

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