TRAVEL-RELATED PURCHASING CONSORTIUMS HEAT UP

Consortiums are "white hot" outside the travel industry, but they may soon be heating up among companies that purchase airline and hotel space, according to Kevin Mitchell, president of Business Travel Contractors Corp. (BTCC), a "strategic buying group" composed of U.S. corporations that annually purchase about $1 billion in business travel services.

There is growing evidence that groups like BTCC are spreading. Last spring two former hotel executives established the Resort Meetings

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