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The flame from the Olympic Winter Games appears to be burning brightly for Salt Lake City's tourist and convention business.
A new study, conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, shows that Salt Lake City welcomed more conventions and attracted larger conferences in the first ten months of 2002 than in any other year in the city's history.
The city's hotel occupancy has far outperformed the national average -- even though the number of rooms increased greatly in the years since the games were awarded to Utah.
The Olympics themselves drew smaller than expected crowds, but the payoff can come after -- not during -- the event.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)