Forget meetings, these guys wanta contractors

Yikes! According to an article from hotel-online, while meetings may be good business for hotels in the Middle East (see Kay's guest blog, below), Halliburton Co. and other contractors are ringing up $11 million--yes, $11 million--at the five-star Kuwait Hilton annually.

"Auditors looking into hefty charges rung up by Halliburton Co. and others at a beachfront hotel in Kuwait chastised the Coalition Provisional Authority for failing to better control costs. The authority's inspector general...said the Provisional Authority 'did not apply adequate oversight to ensure that operating costs were minimized.'"

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