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In Brief for April 2, 2008

In Brief for April 2, 2008

Beijing to restrict smoking Although China is a huge market for cigarettes, officials will restrict smoking in most public venues starting May1 as part of its pledge to host a smoke-free Olympics. The Games start Aug. 8. Hotels will be required to provide nonsmoking rooms, and those lighting up on public transport, in movie theaters and enclosed public spaces will be fined. Smoking is still permitted at restaurants, bars and clubs …

Last call for big caterers Special Events is wrapping up its list of the biggest caterers in the business. Should you be included? For a free listing form, just click here

Spiff-up due for Sheraton Starwood Hotels & Resorts is launching a three-year, $40 billion project to renovate its 400-property Sheraton brand. The plan includes revamping lobbies to create sociable areas filled with plants and benches and offering in-room menus created by a nutritionist who trains professional athletes.

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