“It’s chaos right now. Every day is a new adventure. There’s nothing in the handbook about weathering an economic downtown, in an election year, with a war on. It’s just a very different time,” says Maura Gast, executive director at the Irving [Texas] Convention and Visitors Bureau. We talked with Gast just a few days after the federal bailout package was passed by Congress to get her take on the meetings and conventions climate. She has plenty of experience to bring to the conversation, ...

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