Last week’s news that American Airlines had filed for bankruptcy should be all the wake-up call anyone needs to begin weaning meetings and events from their over-reliance on the airline industry. You might think the link between meetings and air travel is too strong to break, but the need to move large numbers of participants by air, comfortably and reliably, and at reasonable cost, has long been our industry’s Achilles heel. We certainly won’t dial back our dependency overnight, but AA’s ...

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