In Brief 3-1-2002

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In Brief
  • SEEUTHERE TECHNOLOGIES, an online meetings management company in Santa Clara, Calif., announced improvements to its travel management product. The new AutoRetrieve allows corporate meeting planners who book through SeeUthere to obtain real-time access to attendees’ travel itineraries directly from major global distribution systems.
  • HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD saw RevPAR (revenue per available room) drop by at least 15 percent during the fourth quarter of 2001, compared to the same quarter in 2000, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Following are percentage changes experienced in several major cities: Paris, -25; London, -30; New York, -35; Tokyo, -20; San Francisco, -40; Sydney, -30.
  • THE CONVENTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL’S APEX initiative to standardize meeting management practices received a total of $25,000 from the Trade Show Exhibitors Association, the National Speakers Association, Mohegan Sun and United Airlines. APEX discussion groups are being organized in 25 cities to discuss the progress of creating industry standards. STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE INC., in White Plains, N.Y., on Jan. 14 confirmed that its CIGA portfolio of 25 luxury hotels, golf courses and marinas is up for sale. Properties include the Danieli in Venice and the St. Regis Grand in Rome. -->
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