Given a list of 12 possible influences on meetings for 2009, U.S.-based planner respondents to Meeting Professionals International's new FutureWatch study predicted “virtual meetings” would have the greatest influence on meetings this year. Perhaps more predictably, “lower budgets” was ranked second, followed by “fewer face-to-face meetings.” Rounding out the top-six influences: more green meetings, fewer frills, and more in-house meetings. FutureWatch 2009, conducted by MPI and American ...

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