Percent decline in 2006 marketing budgets devoted to events: 9 %

Year employment for meeting planners is expected to stop growing faster than the average for all other jobs: 2014

Amount received in June for sale of Cendant division that includes Orbitz: $4.3 billion

Number of five-star hotels in Dubai at the end of last year: 36

Number of hotels signing labor agreement in New York in June: 133

Sources (from left to right): Blackfriars Marketing Index; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Cendant Corp.; Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; New York Hotel Association