Ten years ago, the economy was booming and Hawaii hosted its largest association meeting ever, the American Dental Association, which brought 31,000 participants to Honolulu. In October 2009, ADA returned to Hawaii. But with the country in the midst of an economic crisis and the healthcare industry under scrutiny about holding meetings in what are perceived as resort destinations, this fall's meeting attracted 6,000 fewer people than it did in 1999. And that's OK. “We are very proud of ...

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