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U.S. Hotel Association Urges Government to Avoid Budget Caps for Travel Spend

Excerpt from Lodging Magazine

Jan 14, 2014 4:37 pm

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The hospitality sector is rebounding faster than many other U.S. industries, but a significant decrease in government travel spend would impact hotels and eventually their staff and customers.

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The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs urging Congress to take a “thoughtful, collaborative approach” together with the hotel industry when considering future actions to rein in spending on government travel.

In its testimony, AH&LA agreed with Congress and the Administration that wasteful spending in travel should be addressed. However, the association “believe[s] a balance needs to be achieved that increases accountability in government spending without the imposition of across-the-board, arbitrary, sequester-like punishment (i.e., budget caps).

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