On Hotel Rates and Negotiating Trends Betsy Bair, editorial director, MeetingsNet: Smith Travel Research statistics show us that the demand by individual and leisure travelers is what's driving hotel rates so high, particularly in upper segments of the hotel industry. What does that mean for meeting planners? Jan Freitag, vice president of global development, Smith Travel Research: We just sent out a press release that said, “Fine through '09,” meaning rates will go up through then, ...

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