Monthly Archives: March 2009

Lane Hospitality's CEO Weighs Meetings Demand Drop

Lane Hospitality president and CEO Bill DeForrest spoke recently to BTN hotel editor Michael B. Baker about the economy’s impact on corporate travel and events at his company’s 23 select- and full-service hotels, largely in the midwestern and eastern United States, as well as trends in meeting bookings and management.

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Lane Hospitality’s CEO Weighs Meetings Demand Drop

Lane Hospitality president and CEO Bill DeForrest spoke recently to BTN hotel editor Michael B. Baker about the economy’s impact on corporate travel and events at his company’s 23 select- and full-service hotels, largely in the midwestern and eastern United States, as well as trends in meeting bookings and management.

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Conference Industry Fights Wave Of Cancellations

According to the U.S. Travel Association’s survey of hotel companies representing a fifth of the market, $220 million in room revenue was lost in January and February from event cancellations.

The travel industry, hit hard by the public uproar over lavish company getaways, has been pushing back, and its message is essentially this: You say junket, we say jobs.

In a lobbying effort spearheaded by the U.S. Travel Association, industry representatives have met with President Obama, released a flurry of statistics about the economic contribution of meetings and events ($101 billion in spending, one million jobs) and have even established a “rapid-response war room” to address “false accusations against legitimate travel activities.”

“It’s causing a huge unintended consequence — namely, all those organizations that have received government assistance, and many that haven’t, are canceling meetings like crazy because they don’t want to be seen as excessive,” said Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the travel association.

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How To Make The Most Of Sales Meetings, Even With A Shrinking Budget

When the economy shakes, some meeting plans may get rattled, but in some industries it’s business meetings as usual. Smart sales managers see opportunity in the slowdown.  They’re picking cream-of-the-crop venues at bargain-basement rates. 

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Fight Against Dallas' Convention Hotel Gets Ugly

You have to admire the chutzpah.Back at the start of the month, Anne Raymond was scolding Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for making the convention hotel fuss personal.

She was deeply offended that he dared mention her boss, Harlan Crow, as the instigator and nearly sole bankroller of the anti-hotel campaign.

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Fight Against Dallas’ Convention Hotel Gets Ugly

You have to admire the chutzpah.Back at the start of the month, Anne Raymond was scolding Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for making the convention hotel fuss personal.

She was deeply offended that he dared mention her boss, Harlan Crow, as the instigator and nearly sole bankroller of the anti-hotel campaign.

Get the complete details from The Dallas Morning News

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The Lighter Side – Dimwit In Pennsylvania Tries Heist At Cop Convention

A dimwit bandit tried to rob a retired NYPD  lieutenant at gunpoint inside a hotel bathroom – with 300 cops gathered next-door at a law enforcement convention.

Ex-cop John Comparetto, with a lot of backup, made the easiest collar of his long career.

“This is probably the dumbest guy in the state of Pennsylvania, “Comparetto said Saturday. “He actually walked past a great, big poster that said, ‘WELCOME NARCOTICS OFFICERS.'”

Comparetto, 56, was one of the speakers at the convention in Harrisburg, PA.  He was in the bathroom before Friday morning’s session when Jerome Blanchett stuck a .40-caliber handgun into his face, authorities said.

“I’ve never had a gun up close and personal like that,” Comparetto said. “It was 3 inches from my face.”

Backup arrived quickly.

“There were 10 other guys there within a split-second,” said Comparetto, who left the NYPD in 1999 after a 26-year career.

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