As the economic crash unfolded last year, industry associations and various think tanks unleashed a torrent of statistics to track the downturn’s impact on meetings and events. In November, the U.S. Travel Association proclaimed that leisure and business travel would create 90,000 U.S. jobs in 2010. Several months earlier, a senior executive with Gartner Group predicted that virtual technologies would eliminate 2.1 million airline bookings per year by 2012. Together, the two numbers are a ...

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