With the release of the Convention Industry Council’s economic significance study, U.S. meeting professionals can confidently claim to be part of an industry that contributes more to the national economy than auto manufacturing. We now know that 1.8 million meetings across the U.S. welcomed 205 million participants in 2009, directly supported 1.7 million jobs, and delivered nearly twice as much in tax revenue as the U.S House of Representatives majority thinks it can cut in this year’s ...

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