The Latest From the Gulf Coast

For meeting properties on the Gulf Coast, this summer season is lining up to be more about cleanup workers than conference attendees or family vacationers.

A survey of 50 meeting hotels on the Gulf Coast, released June 30 by The Knowland Group, McLean, Va., found that at a quarter of the properties, bookings related to the BP oil spill cleanup accounted for 50 percent to 100 percent of their current business. At another third of the hotels surveyed, cleanup-related business was 25 percent to 49 percent of their total.

The good news for hoteliers is that the cleanup-related booki

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