Planners who move their meetings from city to city should compare labor rates in new destinations so they can estimate costs and manage exhibitor expectations. One tried-and-true resource is Tradeshow Week's annual survey of U.S. and Canadian labor rates. After spiking as much as 5 percent to 10 percent in years past, the average cost of labor at convention centers has plateaued, according to the 2004 survey. “Most top-tier cities are comparable in price,” says Michael Hughes, associate ...

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