Meetings are Good for the Economy and Local Businesses

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:00 am | Updated: 3:32 am, Thu Jul 17, 2014.

(StatePoint) The summer season of conferences, conventions, business meetings, incentive travel, tradeshows and exhibitions is in full swing -- and with it comes the positive impact to local businesses and economies.

In fact, business travel added more than $265 billion to the U.S. economy and employed 2.3 million Americans in 2013, according to Oxford Economics and the U.S. Travel Association, and experts say there is simply no replacement for looking someone in the eye and closing a deal with a handshake.

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The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) campaign, a leading voice for the meetings and events industry, is driving a national conversation about the substantial value of the industry. Their message: not only are meetings good for the economy, but they create personal connections, drive positive business outcomes and build strong communities. Additionally, face-to-face interactions help build relationships, foster collaboration, and facilitate business success across industries.

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Want to achieve positive outcomes for your business? Consider a face-to-face meeting.


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