There was a moment during the Green Meeting Industry Council’s 2011 Sustainable Meetings Conference last week in Portland, Ore., when more than 300 meeting professionals glimpsed the end of the world as they’ve known it. Ian Lee, an airline industry analyst at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, had just made the case that six out of 14 European airlines will go out of business by 2015 if oil prices stay above $100 per barrel. If prices reach $150 per barrel, nine of the 14 ...

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