THERE'S EVOLUTION IN THE AIR for the meeting and corporate travel industries.

Companies ranging from Amway to Watson Pharmaceuticals are consolidating meeting and travel departments, and that is changing the way meeting planners do their jobs.

“It just makes good business sense,” says Craig Ardis, director of global special events at Amway Corp., Ada, Mich., which began the process four years ago and, as a result, is saving about 5 percent on its total spend each year. “The ri

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