In the recently released Futurewatch 2003 survey by Meeting Professionals International and American Express, planners projected an overall average budget decrease of 1.1 percent in 2003 and 1 percent average growth in the number of meetings they will plan. Meanwhile, suppliers forecasted a 6 percent average increase in meeting revenue and the number of meetings they will host. Why the gap? It could be as simple as interpretation, says Tom Chevins, senior vice president of sales and ...

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