Meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and incentive travel generated $122.3 billion in direct spending in the United States last year, according to the Convention Industry Council's Economic Impact Study, released in September. Corporate meetings and events comprised one-third of that, or $40.3 billion; association events accounted for the rest. “What the study says more than anything else is that the industry is incredibly resilient,” says Mary Power, CIC's president and CEO. “We saw some of ...

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