Effects of Disasters—Natural and Unnatural—on Meeting Cities

Crisis preparedness is a key meeting planning skill.

Natural and unnatural disasters threatened to affect tourism and meetings in Nashville, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, Boston, and New York City after a weekend of wild weather, the aftermath of an oil spill and a catastrophic water main break, plus a possible terrorist attack. The situations prove to meeting planners the need to expect the unexpected, and have contingency plans in place for every meeting.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the larges

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