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More Hotels Facing an Uncertain Future
from The New York Times
Hotels have been struggling for months as businesses and individuals cut back on travel. But what was a bad situation is likely to turn worse as a rapidly growing number of hotels — including many high-end and luxury properties — are forced into bankruptcy or foreclosure in coming months. More    E-mail article

Cultural and Heritage Travelers: What Are They Thinking?
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Cities Greet Meeting Planners with Open Arms
from USA Today
It's a buyer's market for meeting planners as hotels and cities of all sizes compete for an ever-shrinking pie of conventions and business meetings. Having them at five-star resorts during recessionary times has garnered headlines, but times are rough even for workaday conventions, as sluggish attendance is triggering cancellations. More    E-mail article

More Companies Meet Virtually as Conventions Canceled
from USA Today
Recessionary times have forced a wave of cancellations of conventions and business meetings around the country, costing local economies billions in lost visitor dollars since fall. Instead of traveling, many associations and companies have turned to "virtual" conventions or "Webinars," in which attendees meet via Internet hookup without leaving their offices or homes. More    E-mail article

'AIG Effect' Causes Companies to Cancel $1 billion in Conferences
from The Chicago Tribune
Shamed by images of wealthy corporate folks cavorting at the expense of ordinary people, U.S. companies canceled an estimated $1 billion worth of conferences in the first two months of this year and trimmed back on others. Hoteliers are calling it "the AIG effect." More    E-mail article

Las Vegas Loses 402 Conventions, Meetings
from the Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas has seen 402 conventions and meetings canceled from October to mid-March, USA Today reported. The newspaper said Las Vegas and Orlando, the nation's top destinations for business events, respectively, have been among the hardest hit as the recession reduced convention activity. More    E-mail article

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Business Travel isn't Frivolous -- It's Our Lifeblood
from the Orlando Sentinel
As a resident of Central Florida, the author understands the tremendous economic effect of tourism on our state. The effects are starting to decimate the hospitality industry, which is already reeling from the economic downturn. The author calls for support of this important industry. More     E-mail article

Winging It: Facing the 'New Normal'
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
The brutal recession we're in has spawned some remarkable bargains in air fares and hotel costs this year as travel companies struggle against a sharp downturn, especially among business travelers. But some of those who manage multimillion-dollar corporate-travel budgets are worried that many companies have made such drastic reductions that they're losing sight of why businesspeople travel in the first place. More    E-mail article

Commerce Department Reports Decline in International Visitors
from Meeting News
In January 2009, overseas arrivals to the United States fell nearly 8 percent, according to data released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which also announced recently that the United States welcomed 25.3 million overseas visitors in 2008—a slight increase over 2007, yet 633,000 fewer than it welcomed in 2000, despite the fact that 48 million more international travelers took long-haul trips in 2008 than in 2000. More    E-mail article

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Photo Contest: Find the Essence of America
from USA Today
USA TODAY and are launching an online photo contest today to highlight iconic American images. The contest, which will run through May 8, invites people to submit images that capture the essence of the USA and best represent it to foreign visitors. More    E-mail article

Travel Industry Turns to Laid off Workers
from UPI
U.S. travel companies are hopping on a marketing bandwagon, offering deals to laid off workers to keep a decidedly anxious group of customers traveling. President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association said, "Is it the magic bullet that will turn things around for the industry? Maybe not," he said. "But, it's a very nice step." More    E-mail article

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