Exclusive research illustrates how the economy continues to affect every aspect of incentive trips and planners’ jobs.

The annual Corporate Meetings & Incentives/ Incentive Research Foundation survey, conducted in December 2012, found few differences from a year ago when it comes to company performance. Sales are slowly creeping up, with 83 percent of responding companies saying sales had increased or stayed the same in 2012—slightly more than in 2011 and 10 percent more than in 2010. Just under half (46 percent) saw sales increase, but that’s still slightly worse than in 2010, when 48 ...