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Hospitality leaders ask that Congress criticize less

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May 14, 2009

Hospitality leaders ask that Congress criticize less

They say business meetings have such a bad name they’ve lost bookings worth $1.9 billion.

By KEVIN DIAZ, Star Tribune

WASHINGTON – Images of corporate executives at play in plush resorts have given business travel a black eye, and the tourism and hospitality industry is feeling the pain.

Spurred by that so-called AIG effect, a group of industry leaders — including Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Minnesota-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide — asked Congress for help Wednesday during a Senate hearing on tourism in troubled economic times.

They’re not asking for a government bailout. But they are asking members of Congress to tone down the rhetoric — or at least do no harm.

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