One month out from the meeting, things were looking bleak for the New England Meeting Industry Conference and Exhibition. “Although the dark clouds were forming during the months of planning and reinventing, no one anticipated the extent of the impact of the economic meltdown or the ‘AIG effect’ on NEMICE,” says Karen King, CMP, CMM, principal, meeting strategists llc, Boston, and vice president of education for the New England Chapter of MPI, which sponsors NEMICE. The economy—combined ...

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