Forecast: Three percent. That’s the growth in spending meeting planners on average are anticipating for the year ahead. That’s according to Meeting Professionals International’s FutureWatch 2004, an annual meeting industry survey cosponsored by American Express, which was released this week. Three percent is something to cheer about compared to the 2003 FutureWatch when planners predicted negative spending growth (-1 percent); nevertheless suppliers are hoping for more. They’re projecting ...

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