Cities across the United States are scrambling to find ways to recoup their losses from the slowing economy and the September 11 events and to reinvigorate their hospitality communities. One of the most important things to do short-term, they say, is stabilize their meeting and convention business for 2002. As Mark Theis, vice president of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau’s conference division says, "The business travel segment is essentially gone. The leisure market is just ...

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