United Airlines Moves into Meeting Planning Business

A meeting management firm recently acquired by United Airlines plans to go after new clients among the Fortune 500. Randy Hannon, president of the Premier Group of Rolling Meadows, IL, says United's ownership of the company "will open a lot of doors" and should also boost meeting planners' confidence in the firm.

Prior to the acquisition, the Premier Group was a unit of Apollo Travel Services, which markets the Apollo computer reservation system (CRS) to U.S. travel agencies, and had

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