Marketplace AM for November 30, 2004

Episode Description 

Hotels go the extra mile

This year the big hope for the struggling American travel industry is foreign guests. Diminished safety concerns and a favorable exchange rate have made the U.S. an attractive getaway. Industry experts say the number of overseas visitors will rise in 2004 for the first time since 9-11. As Marketplace's Dan Grech reports, hotels across the country are willing to do just about anything to attract those yen and euros. One even offers Michael Sheehan (pictured), a "tanning butler" ...

Technology patents ...

Stacey Vanek-Smith reports Congress is giving the U.S. patent office some badly-needed help - 900 new employees to deal with a huge backlog. Then, commentator Kenneth Cukier says the patent system needs a major overhaul. He says the current system is blocking innovation and causing lawsuits and chaos.