Industry trends should “present a number of challenges” to meeting planners, says Bjorn Hanson, global industry partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hospitality and Leisure division, including higher occupancy rates, which will make room availability “an even greater problem in 2006. “There's less availability and higher rates,” says Hanson, confirmation that the industry is still in a strong seller's market. Hanson was referring to findings contained in PricewaterhouseCoopers' “2005 U.S. ...

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