The trend toward more regional meetings, which began after September 11, appears to be taking off this year. As a result, places that were never on meeting planners' radar screens before are popping up with new convention centers and hotels. "Companies have found [regional meetings] cost-effective in the sense that it eliminates airfare from the equation," says Michael Schron, manager of new business development at Robert P. Schron Associates Ltd., New York, a meeting and incentive services ...

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