It's no picnic being a convention and visitors bureau executive these days. In the past 18 months, spending scandals at a handful of bureaus have cast a shadow over the entire profession. Many destinations, facing big budget deficits, have slashed funding for bureaus. Some have stripped bureaus of their traditional responsibility for marketing the area's convention center for citywide meetings in an effort to curb costs and/or generate more convention business for the center. There is debate ...

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