by By Tom Isler | June 01, 2009

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How does the second half of this year look for your meetings program?


"My budgets are the same as 2008. However, we will have more positive activity in the later part of this year and in early 2010. We anticipate attendance at these events to be about the same as last year. We are fortunate to be working with clients who are more aggressive."

Barry Zidel
Meeting Connections Inc.
Delray Beach, Fla.

"After a busy first quarter, we're seeing meetings scale back in attendance, and in some cases, they've completely vaporized. Some clients have postponed their meetings in hopes of an economic turnaround or are considering web-based meetings. What's frustrating is that people understand the need to communicate, they just don't have the means available."

Paul G. Silvestri
Executive Producer
Creative Communication Concepts LLC
Roswell, Ga.

"Several of my meetings have been canceled, and I was asked to look into videoconferencing for some of my other meetings."

Jill G. Bell, CMP
Conference & Meetings Manager
Association of Minority Health
Professions Schools