In Washington, another scandal has broken over excessive spending during a business conference. But travel experts predict the effect this time around will be limited.
Four years ago, it was insurance giant American International Group Inc. that was slammed for holding a lavish executive retreat at a Dana Point resort after taking billions of dollars in government bailout money.
In the face of harsh criticism of excessive spending amid a recession, corporations dramatically cut back on business travel, dealing a blow to hotels and airlines across the country.
Now it’s the General Services Administration that is getting heat for putting on an $823,000 Las Vegas-area conference for 300 GSA employees in 2010. Investigators found that Jeff Neely, a top GSA administrator, had thrown a $2,700 party in a hotel suite using taxpayer money, and hired a clown and a mind reader to perform.