There is some promising news. First up: While a LIMRA survey of financial and insurance companies in April revealed that 42 percent were changing or canceling their 2010 recognition conferences, that number was down from the 52 percent who were doing the same in 2009. Then in mid-August, the economic research firm, in conjunction with Smith Travel Research, announced that after 19 months of consecutive decline, the Hospitality Industry Pulse index climbed 1.6 percent in ...

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