Recession Results in Convention Cancellation

ATLANTA (AP) - The recession has cost Atlanta one of its biggest
convention customers - Duluth-based Primerica Financial Services.
Primerica spokesman Mark Supic says the firm has pulled out of
its June meeting because of the poor economy. Primerica would have
used 5,000 hotel rooms a night. Past meetings have used all of the
Georgia World Congress Center and the 72,000-seat Georgia Dome.
Primerica, part of Citigroup Inc., announced the cancellation
Friday, only hours after leaders with Meeting Planners
International, one of the nation's biggest convention planners,
told Atlanta officials the meetings business will be down about 9
percent this year.
Primerica's convention in Atlanta every two years brings between
40,000 and 55,000 people. It was expected to have an economic
impact of $55 million.

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