The complete results will be released at Meeting Professionals International's MeetDifferent conference, February 7-10, in Atlanta, but the early news from the association's annual membership survey, FutureWatch 2009, pointed to a tough year ahead: Meeting planners expect a 9 percent decrease in the number of meetings their organizations will hold this year, and a 3 percent decrease in staffing. Yet planners expect their individual workload to increase by 5 percent on average in 2009. ...

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