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Businesses in a bind? Leisure travelers may benefit

The brouhaha over business travel could be a boon for leisure travelers, according to an expert with an online travel Web site.

“Leisure travelers who want the most bang for their buck on vacation this year should look to the big cities that traditionally do a lot of business in conventions and corporate events,” Brian Ek of Priceline.com said in a news release. “Cities to check out would include Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas and Washington, DC. In these cities, leisure travelers are likely to find aggressive, consumer-friendly pricing on everything from vacation packages and hotel rooms, to theme park tickets, attractions and restaurants.”

It’s no surprise that travelers are looking to save money on their trips, as survey numbers suggest.

Meanwhile, the flak from politicians over business travel prompted the U.S Travel Association to launch the “Meetings Mean Business” campaign to, in part, conduct research and combat what the organization believes is false and harmful information.

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