Looking back over 1997, Jim Clarke, vice president, government affairs, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), observes that the meeting industry is establishing a stronger presence on Capitol Hill. With the reestablishment of the travel and tourism caucus, a group of legislators who lend support to relevant issues, Clarke says, "the industry is starting to find some champions." Here's an overview of associations' 1997 victories and defeats: Music Licensing: Meeting industry ...

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