The industry’s clampdown on travel/conference spending in 2008-2009 is easing a little this year, but the job of filling the seats among the trade groups remains a challenge, according to the California/Nevada Credit Union League, which is relocating one of its spring meetings, the Big Valley Conference in Monterey.

A league official said the just concluded and renamed Monterey meeting, called Focus EduConference, is the last to be held in the quaint resort city following the expiration of a contract with Marriott Hotels. This year’s Focus 2010 meeting drew 245, a sharp drop from the 600 CEOs and directors who in years past gathered for the Big Valley meeting.

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