Meeting planners are optimistic that in 2003 convention attendance will recover after the precipitous decline following 9/11/01. According to a study conducted by the Professional Convention Management Association, two-thirds of the 177 respondents projected attendance in 2003 increase by as much as 5 percent or at least remain stable. The optimistic forecast follows two years of serious declines. After the terrorist attacks, attendance at association events for the remainder of 2001 ...

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