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In brief for March 22, 2006

No reservations about fees The U.S. lodging industry will generate $1.6 billion in fees and surcharges this year, according to accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, a boost of 7 percent over last year. Look for room set/reset charges, master folio billing fees, handling charges for overnight packages and baggage holding, and yield management on meeting rooms. But this increase should be the lowest since 2002, PwC says, indicating that the number of hotels charging fees and the amounts charged is stabilizing …

Flu news Planners can keep track on developments in avian flu by visiting the Web site of the International Association for Exhibition Management, which includes an influenza planning checklist for business …

MPI starts CEO search Katie Callahan-Giobbi, senior vice president of sales for LA Inc., L.A.'s CVB, will head up the search committee to find the new staff leader of MPI. The group hopes to have a new leader in place within 90 days, it says.

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