The double-hitter of cost-cutting measures and an aversion to air travel since 9/11 has many companies keeping their meetings near home base.

“More of our clients are definitely meeting regionally,” says Traci Baxter, CMP, business development manager at Monumental Meetings, Atlanta. She cites as an example a major pharmaceutical client that had planned a large meeting in California; the company canceled it and held five regional meetings instead. The hotel chain agreed to mitigate ca

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