by Lisa Grimaldi | May 26, 2010

A survey by the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers reveals that the group's 101 members planned 2,102 association meetings in 2009, an increase over the 1,818 they planned in 2008; 3,140 corporate meetings, up from 3,079 in 2008; and 399 government meetings, up from 273. Overall, the meetings IAPCO members booked represented 2.11 million attendees, 5.9 billion square feet of exhibit space and an economic impact in the regions where the events were held of about $5 billion.