Maybe you've seen the new articles about the travel industry complaining that the business trip business, the life blood of the hotel business, is being bad-mouthed by Congress and by others, mainly becuase of the excesses of a few, namely those in the AIG kerfuffle.
As a business traveler for over 30 years I for one do not see going to far away places and spending a day or a week or a month away from family as excessive or wasteful. In fact, the face-to-face meeting, while in danger of being eclipsed by Webex and CISCO presence and emails, still has value in our e-world.
Marriott has joined the fight to stop degrading the essence of business travel. I am happy to join the fight to make it so and have written my representatives in Congress to tell that business trips remain a viable and valuable part of my life.
There is an unstated common denominator between 'Travel bad-mouthing' and the article, Tourism in Peril - thanks for posting it. The point that needs to be made is that travel is absolutely essential to business. We tend to think that business is a transaction. It's not. Business is about face-to-face engagement, forming relationships and creating trust. The business transaction is a positive outcome. Even Bill Marriott overlooked this point in the Arizona interview. Hospitality jumpstarts business.