Many of the chains with properties in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have issued policies regarding meeting cancellations. Starwood Hotels and Resorts. is letting groups out of their meeting contracts at its three New Orleans properties--the New Orleans Sheraton, the W French Quarter, and the W New Orleans--through March 31, 2006. But after that the hotel chain intends to hold groups to their contracts, with some exceptions, says David Scypinski, senior vice president, industry relations, ...

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