General picture: 2003 saw virtually no growth meetings globally (+ 0.2%). The number of meetings was approximately the same as that of 2002 and at least 1600 fewer (- 15%) than the global peak in the year 2000. Based on the year 2003, there has been a worldwide fall in international meetings of -8% for the past decade and – 10% for the past five year period. However, the number of meetings already scheduled for 2004 16% higher than the same time last year.
● Feature of United States:
Until 1970 there were not many convention complexes, but the McCormick place built in1960 in Chicago made the construction of convention buildings boomed in America. The owners of the convention centers are inclined to extend their facilities to cope with the increasing demand.
The erection of convention buildings mostly has been promoted in a way of many cities` reconstruction or the strategy of economic development.
The third largest JacobK CC established by Waterfront reconstruction in Manhatten , OMNI international OMNI coloseum and Georgia World Congress ,for example, were built to sweep away the decline and slum of downtown .