Association Meetings Readers Say Worst is Behind Them

Association meeting planners say 2009 was a challenging year but predict that the worst is over

Our second-annual survey of the effects of the economy on Association Meetings readers confirms what has been observed since we did the first survey last November: 2009 was a very difficult year. Attendance was down at their annual meetings, sponsorships and exhibitor attendance suffered, some planners faced attrition penalties, and a few had to cancel their largest meeting.

There is some optimism for 2010, or at least a belief that the bottom has been reached: 38.5 percent o

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