Planners Grapple with Procurement Imperatives

Meeting planners must accept—and even embrace—the role played by their procurement departments if they are to survive the scrutiny of their CFOs. That was the consensus of the 100-plus attendees of the First Annual Trends Summit, held June 28 to 29 at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, Uncasville, Conn.

"CFOs and CEOs are scrutinizing cost savings on all levels, but meetings have gone unscathed—so far. That is changing, and CFO scrutiny of meeting expenses will be the trend of 2004,

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