When Meeting Professionals International first brought a panel of industry experts together for a frank discussion on the meetings market last August at its World Education Congress in Las Vegas, concern about the economy predominated the conversation. But no one knew then just how sharply the market would fall off in six short months. The same panelists—Michael Beardsley, CEO of InnFluent LLC; Vincent LaRuffa, vice president of resort sales and marketing for Universal Orlando Resort; and ...

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