THE ECONOMY

Some of the meeting industry's smallest suppliers — DMCs and event planners, for example — are reporting faint signs of a recovery as meeting volume slowly picks up. But it's clear that the economic slowdown has dealt a serious blow to many of these support companies.

“Sometimes, being lower on the industry food chain, we get hurt a little more when the economy goes south,” says Lex Lyons, vice president, PRA Destination Management, San Diego. To cope with what he sees as a continuing

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