In Brief 10-1-2002

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In Brief
  • JAY S. WITZEL was named president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. He most recently was executive vice president of the company, which operates Regent International, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza hotels, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn.
  • THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS will hold its first paperless trade show during World Travel Congress in Hawaii next month. Handheld palm devices will be available for rent to allow agents to have their name-tag bar codes scanned and to enable exhibitors to download and enter information on sales leads.
  • CRUISE LINES are seeing business improve. The Cruise Line Industry Association reported a 3.8 percent increase in the number of cruisers in the first half of 2002 compared with the same period in 2001.
  • THE NUMBERS keep getting worse for the airlines. J.P. Morgan adjusted the industry’s projected net loss in 2002 from $5.4 billion to $6.8 billion, topping the $6.2 billion loss recorded last year. A break-even year is the best- case scenario for 2004.
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