The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is starting to have a significant impact on meetings in the area, according a new report by The Knowland Group, a McLean, Va.–based meetings and hospitality industry research company. A May 18 survey of 50 hotels across the Gulf Coast that host meetings and events found that 42 percent are experiencing group booking cancellations, the report says. The number of cancellations is up 7 percent from a survey the company did two weeks earlier, on May ...

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