by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | May 01, 2007

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority announced that project designers and builders will need two additional years to accomplish the $737 million renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The city has pushed back the expected completion date to 2012.

American Express business travel data for 2006, released this past March, revealed that the average domestic airfare increased by 7.2 percent over 2005, while international airfares in that period rose by an average of 12.8 percent.

Sol Melia has opened its first hotel in Chile, the 91-room Sol Melia Patagonia. The property, in Puerto Varas, features four meeting rooms.

JetBlue launched CompanyBlue Meetings in April, the airline’s first corporate meetings product. The program, which offers discounts and benefits similar to other carriers’ meeting programs, applies to a minimum of 15 passengers flying to the same destination. Details can be accessed online at meetings or by calling