September 22, 2004
Final attendance counts are in for the 15th annual Affordable Meetings National, held at the Washington Convention Center, Sept. 8-9. The show attracted 537 exhibitors and 1,601 meeting planners. Exhibitors numbers were relatively constant compared to last year, but meeting planner attendance was down from 1,777 last year and from 1,889 in 2002. This year's decline was probably due to dire weather reports for the show dates, said Beth Petersen, show manager for George Little Management, which puts on the show. Next year's event will be held Sept. 7-8.