by By Hunter R. Slaton | March 01, 2009

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  Why are you optimistic about the future of the meetings industry?



"The meetings industry's ability to adapt is reason enough to be optimistic. Increasing dependence on technology gave birth to virtual meetings, while environmental concerns are leading to green meetings. In addition, people need to be educated, enlightened and connected -- and the meetings industry will continue to provide innovative, effective avenues that enable people to meet these needs."

Bridgette Joye
Meetings Coordinator
Renal Physicians Association
Rockville, Md.

"Two words: our members. From speaking to Trade Show Exhibitors Association members and seeing the results of our surveys, I do not see their show participation dropping in 2009. Face-to-face marketing is the best way to reach your buyers in any economy."

David Brull
Account Executive
Trade Show Exhibitors Association

"I see promise in the future of the economy. Our industry is full of brilliant and creative individuals who are passionate about what they are doing and will not let the industry fail. So, as the economy improves -- which it will -- the events industry will come back even bigger."

Stephanie Law, CMP
Cappa & Graham Inc.
San Francisco