MEETING PACKAGE: City Offers Stimulus Package for Planners in Chesapeake, Va.

To help make meetings there more affordable during the recession, the city of Chesapeake, Va., has introduced a new program called the Gateway to Savings program, which offers a credit of up to $3,000 toward any meeting or convention booked in Chesapeake through Dec. 31, 2009.

Events that have a two-night minimum will earn a $1,000 rebate for booking 50-100 rooms, a $2,000 rebate for booking 101-150 rooms and a $3,000 rebate for booking more than 151 rooms.

For multi-year meetings, Chesapeake will extend the Gateway to Saving Program's event date deadline to Dec. 31, 2011, allowing groups booking meetings in 2010 and 2011 to receive rebates for both meetings.

For more information, call 1-888-889-5551 or visit www.visitchesapeake.com/meetingplanners.