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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Holiday Parties: Turn out the Lights

by Calculated Risk on 11/01/2009 11:15:00 PM

From Crain's New York: Not much life left in the party

The severity of the recession may have caught some companies by surprise in 2008, but this year reality has sunk in ... The lavish celebrations of years past are not making a comeback this year in the city—or anywhere else in the country.

Just 62% of companies nationwide are planning holiday parties this year, down from 77% last year and 90% in 2007, according to a survey by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.
Restaurants and hotels that count on this lucrative business say their private party business is off by about 20% this year, compared with a dismal season in 2008.
Just more bad news for restaurants and hotels ...