In Brief 3-1-2003

Meetings & Conventions: Newsline
In Brief
  • MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL’S annual education conference, held in Kissimmee, Fla., in February, attracted 680 planners and 1,167 suppliers, up from a total attendance of fewer than 1,500 in 2002 but below the 2,500-plus who came in 2001.
  • THE AIRLINES LOWERED the cost of last-minute coach seats in 2002, after seven consecutive years of fare hikes, according to American Express. The average one-way business fare in 2002 was $571, a 2 percent drop from 2001, when it was $582.
  • WITH THE FINAL SPLIT of London-based Six Continents PLC’s hotel and pub divisions set for April 15, the hotel group, which consists of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, will be renamed InterContinental Hotels Group PLC. The North American division of the chain will remain based in Atlanta.
  • AN ANCHOR HOTEL is coming to Boston, after much debate over financing. The $300 million, 800-room Sheraton is slated for a fall 2005 opening, more than a year after the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center debuts.
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