February 14, 2007

Winners of the second annual Association of Destination Management Executives Achievement Awards were presented this weekend at the group's annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. Winners of "best innovative event, $25,000 and under," were Atlanta Arrangements Inc. and The Meeting Manager of San Diego; Seattle-based Uniquely Northwest won in the $25,001 to $75,000 slot; Destination South Meetings & Events, which is based in Atlanta, won in the $75,001 and above category. For more awards results, visit

According to FutureWatch 2007, the market trends study just released by Meeting Professionals International and American Express, the industry will grow for a fourth consecutive year. Other findings show planners expect to manage more meetings in 2007 and expect to see larger budgets in dollars and as a percentage of the total organizational or company budget. Also, 30 percent of corporate and government planners said procurement plays a major part in their purchasing decisions, and another 34 percent reported some participation. More than 1,400 meeting professionals responded to the survey. For more details, visit the publications and research section at