Senior executives from Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group have written to members of the US congress warning them that companies ? including those that have not received government assistance ? ?are cancelling business meetings because they fear being criticised?.

Since the start of the financial crisis, US politicians have been quick to criticise groups such as AIG that continued to hold company get-togethers and conferences even after they received taxpayer aid.

But in the letter to congress, the leisure companies ? which include Walt Disney, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide ? call for a softening of political rhetoric to avoid lasting damage being done to the hospitality industry.

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