As lawmakers criticize corporate "excesses" such as meetings in Las Vegas and company airplanes, the travel industry is battling back. Travel managers, aircraft
manufacturers and hotel chains are concerned that pressure to curb corporate travel adds to the industry's challenges. "We've got to get away from the symbolism of corporate fat cats smoking a big cigar on a golf course and instead think about the symbolism of people meeting and thinking together and creating ideas and building their cultures," said Arne Sorenson, chief financial officer at Marriott.

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