Commentary: The Economy Is in Trouble. Is the Meetings Industry Ready this Time?

Last week brought the bad news we all had hoped to avoid. When the U.S. Congress reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling, it looked like the economy had dodged a bullet—until stock markets began ricocheting back and forth, losing all the value they’d gained in 2011 in a single day.

Then on Friday evening, Standard & Poor’s announced an unprecedented dow

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