I’ve heard a lot of doom and gloom lately from meeting managers and hoteliers who, as gas prices rise and bring the cost of pretty much everything up with them, are worried about the future. Corporate America is cutting back on travel, and even those who go to meetings on their own dime are starting to think it isn’t worth all the bother and expense. And in fact, when we conducted our 2008 Annual Meeting Attendance Study this spring, we found that attendance had been flat or declining for ...

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