Trade Shows Feel Effects of World Turmoil

Moments before President George W. Bush's March 17 ultimatum speech to Iraq, the show organizers of NAB2003, the National Association of Broadcasters' annual trade show, gathered to discuss the coming war and what it might mean for NAB's attendees and exhibitors. How would the international community react?

They didn't have to wait long for an answer. The show, which took place April 5 through 10 in Las Vegas, saw a drop in attendance of more than 20 percent, from 117,000 in 2002 to 8

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