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Visa Hassles Hurt Meetings Business

International attendance was up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the organizers hesitate to read the figures as a sign of recovery. Rather, they say the favorable exchange rate made travel to the United States a bargain. “Thank God for the weak dollar,” says Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, operator of the mammoth trade show. He says CES would have done even better if the United States had a better attitude toward visitors.

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