Power Golf

The Convention Liaison Council isn't shy. It named its just-announced golf tournament the Prestigious CIC Cup. It's likely, however, that the three-day event coming up in November will fit the description. Each of CIC's 30 member organizations — including Meeting Professionals International and the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives — has been invited to enter one or two two-person teams — a rarely convened cross-section of the industry. The inaugural event tees off at The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla., November 7 to 10. For information, visit www.conventionindustry.org/ciccup.htm.

Permanent Reductions

The accepted wisdom is that business travel will rebound as soon as the economy does. But according to a new survey of frequent business travelers, the equation may not be that simple. More than 80 percent of the frequent travelers who completed a May survey said that, on average, 24 percent of their air travel reductions would be permanent. The survey was conducted by the Business Travel Coalition (www.btctravelogue.com) a Radnor, Pa., organization seeking to influence policy on issues affecting business travelers. The 403 travelers who responded to the survey expect to book an average of 38 roundtrip tickets in 2002. How much has corporate travel declined? Respondents expect, on average, to cut air travel spending by about 10 percent through the end of the year. That's over and above cutbacks instituted before the May survey. Combining earlier research and the new information, BTC forecasts business travel at the end of 2002 to be 20 percent to 25 percent below peak 2000 levels.