Number of U.S. hotels under construction: 2,792 Number of attendees the American Library Association expects to bring to New Orleans next June: 20,000 Hours per week the average worker spends handling e-mail: 8.8 Cost to hire actor Russell Crowe's band to perform at a holiday party: $900,000 Average rate rise in top-tier hotels expected next year: 2% to 5% Sources (from left): Travel Industry of America; American Library Association; Institute for Business Technology; World ...

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