US meetings sector in recovery

The US meetings industry is slowly getting back to normal after 11 September as the number of cancellations decrease, according to a survey by the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation. The survey saw 68% of planners having between one and five meetings cancelled from 11 September to 31 October. From 1 November to 31 December this number dropped to 43% and for the whole of 2002, the figure stands at just 25%. Las Vegas has seen this shift in business. It had around 240 conventions cancelled. Most were scheduled between October and November but four conventions went ahead in the same period as the market picked up. They pulled in nearly 300,000 delegates and were worth $405m (£278m). Meanwhile, New York State has allocated $25m (£17m) to expanded marketing efforts to rebuild New York City tourism

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