Japan Expo loss hurts agencies

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Japan's major advertising agencies, including Dentsu, Hakuhodo and Daiko, will lose an estimated $600 million in billings because of the cancellation of next year's Tokyo exhibition of urban design and technology, ad agency executives say. Called World City Expo Tokyo '96, the 204-day exhibition was approved in 1990. Private and state developers from about 46 cities, including New York, London and Seoul, planned to participate. But populist Governor Yukio Aoshima, elected in April on a promise to scrap Expo, kept his word last week and killed the project. "The Expo scheme was a legacy of the bubble economy era" of the 1980s, he says, and had no public approval.

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United Airlines, Chicago, will offer complimentary "Red Carpet" day rooms at hotels like Sheraton, Hyatt and Novotel for full-fare First Class and Connoisseur Class passengers to nine European cities starting June 15. The service is to allow passengers to have a light breakfast, shower and use business facilities. Separately, the airline has won long-awaited rights from the U.S. and U.K. governments for service between Chicago O'Hare and London Heathrow airports, putting it up against British Airways and American Airlines though no beginning date is available.

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