For travel and hospitality, here's USA Today's pick of the five biggest trends in 2006:
1. A-380, a mammoth new plane from Airbus, takes to the air. "Longer, taller, and wider than the White House," the article says. Wow.
2: New Orleans returns, with predictions for a strong fall comeback for meetings. We'll see.
3: Registered travelers get rolling. They predict the new TSA security program that allows some passengers to trade a background check for shorter lines will prove popular. But: "Some people, such as former TSA administrator John Magaw, have warned that terrorists could enroll and bypass rigorous scrutiny." Sigh.
4: New rooms in New York—and even higher rates than ever.
5: Atlanta gets a new runway, a move that hopefully will cut down on flight delays.
I'm still mulling over my own top whatever list of predictions for the meetings business...