With fewer meetings and attendees to go around, convention and visitor bureaus — which sell their city's convention centers, which in turn fill downtown hotels with out-of-town attendees — are feeling the pinch. Because attendance at trade shows, the driver of visitors to convention centers, is at an industry low, it's no wonder mayors and local governments are looking for reasons — and possible scapegoats. Convention centers traditionally operate at a loss in order to fill the local ...

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