Washington's attacks on corporate excess -- the private jets and trips to Vegas -- are prompting a backlash from the travel industry.

Hotel chains, jet makers and corporate travel managers say they are fearful that efforts to curb excesses by firms receiving government aid will only add more pain to an industry hit hard by the economic downturn.

"We've got to get away from the symbolism of corporate fat cats smoking a big cigar on a golf course and instead think about the symbolism of people meeting and thinking together and creating ideas and building their cultures," Marriott chief financial officer Arne Sorenson said yesterday in a conference call to discuss the company's weak earnings report.

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