Though some of the meeting industry’s smallest suppliers—DMCs and event planners, for example—are reporting the faintest signs of a recovery as meeting volume slowly picks back up, others are struggling to find a way to make up for lost business. "Sometimes being lower on the industry food chain, we get hurt a little more when the economy goes south," said Lex Lyons, vice president of PRA Destination Management in San Diego. To cope with what he sees as a continuing loss of meeting ...

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