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Obama upsets tourism boosters

March 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A White House spokesman is smoothing things over with the tourism industry after criticism that a recent remark from the president had had a chilling effect on business travel.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama is encouraging people to travel and supports a strong tourism industry.

Obama was criticized by tourism boosters for saying that businesses receiving federal bailout funds should not be taking junkets.

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