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In brief for June 6, 2007

In brief for June 6, 2007

Check what's in the mail Coming to all Special Events Magazine subscribers soon--our June issue, featuring our dramatic new redesign. Check it out! ...

CIC loses Power Mary Power, who for seven years had led the Convention Industry Council, last week announced her resignation. Under her leadership, CIC--which represents 32 organizations in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industries--advanced its Accepted Practices Exchange initiative and broadened the scope of the Certified Meeting Professional designation ...

Beverly Hills kicks butts City leaders in glitterati capital Beverly Hills voted last week to extend the city's indoor smoking ban to include outdoor patios at eating and drinking places as well as at poolside bars. The ban is expected to take effect Oct. 1 ...

Starwood grows big Hotel giant Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide--which operates the Westin, St. Regis, Sheraton, W and Le Méridien brands, among others--announced an ambitious growth plan on Monday that includes 200 new deals and the opening of more than 80 new hotels this year, almost doubling the number of properties the company opened last year. The portfolio expansion will run across all nine of its brands, the White Plains, N.Y.-based company said. Starwood's global portfolio now holds some 420 hotels and more than 100,000 rooms.

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