In boardrooms across the country, you hear the same conversation brewing: “Why are we sending our salespeople to Bermuda when we can have the meeting right here in Beloit? Just look at these numbers.” Travel and entertainment budgets are always among the first to be scrutinized in a tough economy — and this downturn has hit meetings especially hard. “Meetings and travel are the low-hanging fruit when companies start watching their costs,” reports Jan Hennessey, director of meetings and ...

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