Number of U.S. hotels under construction: 2,792

Number of attendees the American Library Association expects to bring to New Orleans next June: 20,000

Hours per week the average worker spends handling e-mail: 8.8

Cost to hire actor Russell Crowe's band to perform at a holiday party: $900,000

Average rate rise in top-tier hotels expected next year: 2% to 5%

Sources (from left): Travel Industry of America; American Library Association; Institute for Business Technology; World Entertainment News Network; American Express