January 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline
In Brief
  • THE DISCREPANCY between published business fares and what business travelers pay reached $313 in 2001, according to an American Express survey. AmEx clients paid an average of $267 per one-way fare in September; the typical published business fare in that month was $580. In 2000, the discrepancy was $231.
  • THE CONVENTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL released initial results of a meeting planner survey: 22.9 percent of respondents believe local and regional meetings are becoming more pervasive, and 36.6 percent are considering expanded use of technology to augment or replace physical meetings.
  • AMTRAK REINSTATED its Downeaster service between Maine and Boston, which last ran 30 years ago. Relaunched on Dec. 15, the service stops in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
  • THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR EXHIBITION MANAGEMENT, the Trade Show Exhibitors Association and other industry groups will create a board to advise and oversee the use of event audits. The board of six to eight members should be in place by May 2002.
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