Meeting planners normally stymied when trying to book an event in Las Vegas might find hotels a little more approachable these days. Visitor counts to the city, like most U.S. destinations, plunged during the last four months of 2001, making it the first year since the early 1980s that Las Vegas hosted fewer visitors. Lower occupancies have caused up to 15,000 tourism-related layoffs since September 11. Those empty hotel rooms have opened windows for meeting planners. For hotels like the ...

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