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In Brief for Feb. 13, 2008

In Brief for Feb. 13, 2008

Who'll stop the rain? Maybe China. To stop the chance that summer showers will dampen the open-air opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing on Aug. 8, Chinese meteorologists are practicing "rain mitigation." The technique is virtually the same as the accepted practice of cloud seeding, which helps create rain. The 91,000-seat Olympic stadium, nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" because of its interlacing steel beams, has no roof ...

Sheraton, Four Points go smoke-free Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Monday that its Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton brands have begun conserving all smoking guest rooms to nonsmoking. All public areas will go completely smoke-free as well. Starwood's Westin brand went smoke-free in January 2006. This change affects some 8,000 guest rooms in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The conversion should be complete by year-end, the company said ...

New APEX software out The Convention Industry Council has just released version 3.0 of its Accepted Practices Exchange Toolbox, a planning tool for occasional and junior planners based on industry-wide data standards drafted by CIC. Registered users of versions 1.0 and 2.0 of the APEX Toolbox can upgrade to the new version for free. For details, click here.

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