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In brief for Feb. 14, 2007

Stopping the 'sleaze' Sick of the nobodies and lushes grabbing drinks and swag bags, L.A. Fashion Week organizer IMG Fashion will subject would-be gate-crashers to tougher security and fewer free drinks at the upcoming event, which kicks off March 18. "There's something in the fashion world called 'lobby sleaze,'" IMG vice president Fern Mallis told the L.A. Times. "You get them everywhere--especially in L.A." ...

Growth strong for party rental, ARA says Revenue for the party and event rental segment of the rental industry in North America showed a 10.1 percent compound annual growth rate from 1998 to 2006, the American Rental Association said last week. The findings come from the "2006 State of the Equipment Rental Industry Report," released at ARA's Rental Show ...

Worldwide travel hits the road Global travel and tourism should grow 4.6 percent for each of the next 10 years, says the Travel Industry Association. "There are a number of factors that will continue to strengthen international travel in general and travel to the United States in particular in 2007, helping reverse noticeable declines in arrivals from many key inbound markets from earlier this year. First, strong economic growth in most regions--spurred by continued expansion in China, renewed signs of life in some of the Eurozone's core economies, and low interest rates around the world--will generate increases in business and leisure travel. In addition, the strong performance of a number of major currencies relative to the U.S. dollar has made travel to the United States less expensive for a large number of international travelers."

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