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Gulf Coast Hotels Losing More Business

A quick follow-up to my earlier news story about the impact of the oil spill on Gulf Coast hotels and resorts.... An updated survey from The Knowland Group reveals 60 percent of surveyed hotels (50 across the Gulf Coast) say they've experienced group booking cancellations, an 18-percent increase from the same survey done two weeks ago and 25 percent more than the original one conducted a month ago.

Twenty-eight percent of the surveyed hotels say they've had difficulty booking future events. Memorial Day weekend results were mixed; 39 percent said they had cancellations related to the oil, but some hotels said bookings from clean-up workers and responders helped make up the difference.

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