Attempts to paint all travel to convention centers like Las Vegas as boondoggles will hurt, not help, the economy and delay recovery, travel chiefs told the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit in New York this week.

"It's a real disservice to the U.S. travel industry and the global travel industry," Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of Expedia Inc (EXPE.O), the U.S. No. 1 online travel agent, told the summit on Tuesday.

"There has been this demonization of corporate travel and group travel which really threatens to fundamentally hurt the infrastructure of travel. We hope that the rhetoric lessens because it is absolutely hurting the business."

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