The recession has not been kind to the meetings industry, particularly in Las Vegas, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some bright spots. Take the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which held one of its best-attended meetings ever in Las Vegas last month. While the final numbers aren’t in yet, AAOS brought more than 32,000 attendees to its annual meeting at the Sands Expo Center, February 25–28. That’s up slightly from the approximately 31,000 that AAOS drew last year to ...

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