In Brief 2-1-2003

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In Brief
  • TWO FOUNDATIONS HAVE MERGED. The Center for Exhibition Industry Research and the International Association for Exhibition Management have created the Exhibition Industry Foundation, which will work to promote the industry through research and fund-raising.
  • PRIME HOSPITALITY CORP., operator of AmeriSuites and Wellesley Inns & Suites, has launched a new chain. The firm will rebrand hotels with 200 to 500 rooms and 10,000 to 50,000 square feet of meeting space with the Prime name. The first is the Sheraton Hotel Saratoga Springs in New York, now the Prime Hotel and Conference Center.
  • P&O PRINCESS CRUISES has formally accepted Carnival Corp.’s $5.3 billion merger offer, after a fierce battle between Royal Caribbean and Carnival for the cruise line. Shareholders will vote on the deal next month.
  • RICHARD L. HUGHES is the new president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City (Mo.). Formerly executive vice president and COO of the Indianapolis bureau, Hughes replaces Wayne Chappell, who is now at the Houston CVB.
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