The Asia currency crisis has caused a huge drop in intra-Asia tourism, and American leisure travelers continue to avoid Asia, fearing the region's instability. The result--great bargains for meeting planners. "Hong Kong hasn't been this price- attractive in years," says Mark Barrett, director, USA/Canada Hong Kong Convention and Incentive Travel Bureau, Hong Kong Tourist Association in Chicago. Some hotels are running at under 50 percent occupancy and hotel rates are dropping by 40 percent, ...

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