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In brief for May 30, 2007

It takes a village green Tourism promotion agency Visit London turned the city's landmark Trafalgar Square into a picnic spot last week by installing 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet) of green turf. The promotion was aimed at emphasizing London as a diverse collection of villages and one of the greenest capitals in the world ...

Come on in, the water's fine Las Vegas hotels trying to pump up daytime business have made a splash with daytime pool parties. Today almost every major casino hotel has turned their age-21-and-over pools over to nightclub promoters, where guests pay a cover charge to drink, snack and cavort, the Los Angeles Times says ...

First theme party showroom opens in Asia Event Services Inc., a 26-year-old Tokyo-based event design and production company, opened Asia's first theme party showroom earlier this month, company president Lucky Morimoto tells Special Events Magazine. The 700-square-meter (7,500 square feet) showroom serves corporate event producers ...

Travel industry takes guilt trip Despite a rosy prediction of expansion at the rate of 4.3 percent a year for the next decade, senior travel executives at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit, held earlier this month in Lisbon, Portugal, are concerned that growing public concern over climate change--and the pollution created by airline flight--might hurt business. Attendees debated how to drive down energy consumption to keep travelers on the move.

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