A meeting that grows each year is a good thing, by most measures. But with success comes a price. More attendees could mean that the meeting has to move from a hotel to a convention center, which can be more expensive and more challenging. In Chicago last year, the topic was discussed by a panel of experts, who discussed the pitfalls and best practices.

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