CVB Budgets Rise 4.5 Percent

Convention and visitor bureau budgets increased 4.5 percent in 2005, according to the recently released Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau’s 15th Annual Competitive Analysis Report.

The Salt Lake City CVB had the biggest budget boost in 2005, jumping 43 percent to $11.2 million. Buffalo’s budget dropped the sharpest--49.8 percent to $1.7 million.

Las Vegas again had the largest budget, $227 million, up 19.7 percent from 2004. Orlando was second with $40.7 million, reflectin

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