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Meetings may be in for some bumpy times

Fed chief Ben Bernanke is predicting a worsening economy, and rising oil prices are causing airlines to hike prices and tack on fuel surcharges&8212;how could all this not affect meeting attendance? I've been hearing a lot anecdotally about companies cutting back on their internal meetings, and I'm guessing that they may not be so willing to pay for employees to go to association meetings, either.

Not to sound panicky or anything, but I think we all need to prepare ourselves for some tough times ahead.

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