The recent revelation of a $4.1 million conference held by the Internal Revenue Service at the Hilton Anaheim in California may lead to further cutbacks in government travel spending, writes David Brudney, hotel marketing adviser and founding member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. The lodging industry reportedly lost about $1 billion from canceled hotel bookings during the first quarter of 2009 because of the effect of the scandal involving executives at AIG, Brudney writes. "Our industry can't afford a repeat of the AIG effect fallout of 2009. We're still recovering from that backlash," Brudney writes.

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