Upper upscale properties are starting to see increased interest from corporate planners, and expectations are high for 2004. Bruce Himelstein, vice president, sales and marketing, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., LLC, says that demand for corporate meetings, particularly small ones, has increased in the past few months. The market upturn has led to unprecedented short-term demand, he says. Brian Ferguson, vice president at Smith Travel Research, isn't surprised. Rates have been lowered so ...

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