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Conventioneers to come with $13 billion to spend

Convention delegates are expected to spend nearly $13 billion this year at meetings in US cities, says William F. Snyder, president of the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

According to a survey just completed by the association, projections for 1981 further indicate that 42.2 million delegates will attend 90,945 meetings in the 141 US cities that are members of the association.

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These projected figures represent an increase over actual meeting attendance and delegate expenditures in 1980. Last year 40.9 million delegates spent $11.4 billion at conventions in the 141 cities.

A total of 87,138 meetings were reported for the year by the domestic bureau.

Mr. Snyder comments, "Thirteen billion dollars represents a significant contribution by the convention industry to the economic health of our nations's cities."

That contribution, he believes, will con tinue to increase in the years ahead.

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