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In brief for Dec. 6, 2006

Sacre bleu! France to ban smoking France is set to ban smoking in bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels (though not guest rooms) stating in 2008, part of a growing global concern about the dangers of secondhand smoke ...

Apply here to be an MPI director Dallas-based Meeting Professional International is encouraging its members in good standing to apply for spots on the MPI board. For more information, call MPI staffer Sarah Riggins at 972/702-3008 or send her an e-mail by clicking here ...

DuBois says 'adieu' In more MPI news, MPI Foundation executive vice president and vice president of sales and key accounts David DuBois, CMP, is leaving the association to join the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau ...

Westin's online experience Westin Hotels & Resorts announced today that it will team up with MSN Branded Entertainment and Experiences to launch an "experiential online destination." The site gives visitors a five-minute vacation, the company says, with music, pretty visuals and health tips to help them relax and rejuvenate, two key branding elements for Westin.

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