Smaller is Better, Some Planners Say

Business isn't bad all over. Smaller venues have seen a recent boost in business as companies search for more subdued settings for their meetings.

“This year our inns will have their best years ever,” says Richard Johnson, communications manager with Columbia Hospitality Inc., Seattle. Two of the company's three small venues — Friday Harbor House and the Resort at Deer Harbor — saw nearly 98 percent occupancy through the past summer. The other, Inn at Langley, saw nearly 92 per

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