Troubles plaguing travel—the war with Iraq and fears about severe acute respiratory syndrome—didn’t keep many from the third annual Affordable Meetings Mid-America, which took place April 1 to 4 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The show, which features educational programming bookending an exposition, is free for meeting planners. Attendance was down a bit, but not by much. Preliminary estimates place 934 meeting planners at the event, with 341 expo booths—about 650 exhibit personnel. Last year’s ...

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