A report issued by the Travel Industry Association April 16 found that, "if leisure travel has been the relative star, business travel has been the black hole in the domestic travel constellation." Business travel in the U.S. was down 9 percent from 2002 over 2000, with 5.5 percent of the decline occurring between 2001 and 2002. Blame it on the economy, the worst two-year decline in capital spending since World War II, and slow GDP growth due to a war-induced stifling of consumer and ...

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