Difference in the average cost of a gallon of coffee at hotels in Durham, N.C., and New York City: $45

Average number of meetings booked yearly by an association management company (AMC): 34

Average percent corporate training and staffing cut from exhibition budgets in 2002: 12.7%

Combined room nights and convention services booked annually by AMCs: $1 billion

Percent air travel taxes have increased 1989 to 2002: 90%

Percent of exhibiting companies that provide little or no exhibitor training: 49%

Sources: MIM listserv; AMCinstitute; Trade Show Exhibitors Association; AMCinstitute; Business Travel Association and Institute of Business Travel Management; Center for Exhibition Industry Research