Meetings are slowly returning to the lap of luxury. Bruce Himmelstein, vice president at Ritz-Carlton, says demand for corporate meetings has increased in the past few months, particularly for small meetings. Over the summer, meetings activity for the fall looked much bleaker, says Himmelstein, but a stock market upturn and economic rebound has led to an unprecedented short-term demand for meetings at Ritz. Brian Ferguson, vice president at Smith Travel Research, isn’t surprised. "Rates ...

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