Few meeting professionals we contacted in the weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq had done anything to prepare for the war's impact on their business — from renegotiating their attrition clauses to increasing their security precautions. Now, with severe acute respiratory syndrome scaring off meetings from Thailand to Toronto, many planners still are taking a "wait and see" approach. We asked two prominent psychologists why there is so much denial in the meetings industry. They are David ...

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