Wednesday, June 18, 2003, Vol. 117, No. 118

Far East economic director

Far East economic director

makes visit to Bluff City

International Trade Centers-Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Memphis Regional Chamber and the University of Memphis present Sarah P.C. Wu, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office director, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Park Vista Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

She will address Hong Kongs current business and investment climate, as well as the SARS crisis.

Cost is $25. For registration information, visit Madison Hotel garners

high honors in first year

In its first year of operation, the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave., received honors from the American Automobile Association, the Connoisseurs Guide to the Worlds Best Resorts and Great Hotels, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

AAA recently awarded The Madison its Four Diamond Award. Only 4 percent of the 44,000 AAA-rated lodgings and restaurants attain this designation.

Likewise, the 2003 edition of the annual Connoisseurs Guide to the Worlds Best Resorts and Great Hotels publication designated The Madison as a Connoisseurs Choice.

The Madison was designated a Small Luxury Hotel of the World by that organization, which includes 290 hotels, rural retreats and city sanctuaries worldwide. ResortQuest opens

in Fla. headquarters

ResortQuest International Inc., a marketer and manager of vacation properties, opened its new corporate headquarters Tuesday in Destin, Fla.

The new headquarters on U.S. Highway 98 West is near Northwest Floridas Emerald Coast adjacent to the ResortQuest-managed Topsl Beach and Racquet Resort.

ResortQuest offices in Memphis will remain in operation through months end. Job prospects improve,

Memphis companies say

Memphis area employers expect to hire at a moderate pace during the third quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

From July to September, 20 percent of companies interviewed said they plan to hire more employees, while 7 percent intend to reduce their work force, Manpower spokesperson Jack Quinlan said. Another 56 percent expect to maintain current staff levels and 17 percent are not certain of hiring plans.

In Jackson, Tenn., 27 percent of companies plan to hire more workers, while 7 percent plan to reduce their work force. Another 66 percent said they plan to maintain current staff levels. The state average has 20 percent of companies hiring, 7 percent reducing and 69 percent maintaining current levels.

The national employment outlook reveals that of 16,000 employers surveyed, 20 percent plan to increase hiring activity for the quarter, while 9 percent expect a decrease in job prospects. A solid 65 percent of companies surveyed expect no change in hiring, and 6 percent are uncertain of their employment plans. Memphis agencies nab

peak performer honors

Collier Insurance and Lipscomb & Pitts earned the peak performer designation from MetLife Auto and Home.

Peak performers are independent insurance agencies that deliver top yearly performance and meet stringent standards set by MetLife. County conservation board

to meet at Shelby Farms

The Shelby County Conservation Board meets at 8 a.m. today at the Shelby Farms Visitor Center.

Among agenda items is discussion of a Bartlett Park stream relocation.