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A Question of Esteem

We asked our new staffer, upon returning from his first industry meeting, what his perceptions were of the meeting planning field. This seasoned newspaper journalist had previously never heard of PCMA, MPI, ASAE, and never dreamed he'd one day be writing about room-block attrition, force majeure, and the rest. As a first-timer at the recent Meeting Professionals International conference in San Antonio, he had picked up a recurrent theme in session after session: He observed that

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