FutureWatch, the four-year-old flagship survey of Meeting Professionals International, released its 2006 results in late January, offering a wide-angle snapshot of the industry. Among the take-aways from the study, commissioned in partnership with American Express, is that meeting planners are bracing for a challenging year ahead. Three out of four “client-side planners” (and an even greater percentage of suppliers) predict rising hotel rates, and only 22 percent expect improvements in ...

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