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In brief for May 10, 2006

Your secret's safe with key The scary rumor that hotel room key cards are packed with personal info that can easily fall into the wrong hands is a myth. According to a recent report in tech magazine Computerworld, the room-card keys yield only indecipherable strings of numbers and letters, not such sensitive data as the guest's credit card number ...

CVB buzz Joe D'Alessandro, former head of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association, has been appointed president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau effective July 5. He succeeds John A. Marks, who is retiring after 19 years with the Bureau. And, former Conferon exec David Peckinpaugh, CMP, will take the post of president and CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau starting June 5 ...

Your room is almost ready Planners chafing at the high price of hotel rooms may find relief in sight. Hotels are in a building boom, with nearly 120,000 new rooms set to break ground in the U.S. this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers ...

The best in-tent-ions Our story last week on the complex structure requirements of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books should have acknowledged the work of Van Nuys, Calif.-based L.A. Party Rents, which, under the direction of Kevin Dwyer, supplied canopies for all food operations plus more than 100 canopies in one of the author signing areas. We regret the omission.

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