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By Christopher Elliott

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With the possible exception of the airlines, the recent downturnin corporate travel has affected no business more than the lodgingindustry. That may be why hotels are making you offers that arehard to refuse. For example:

  • Hotels that cater to business travelers, including Hilton,Marriott and Starwood, tried to entice travelers with everythingfrom extra frequent-flier miles to free rooms this past summer.Lodging industry experts believe many of these deals will beextended through the fall.
  • Free offers abound. For example, Wyndham International hotelshave eliminated phone charges for their best business customers.Members of the hotel chain's frequent-guest program can nowmake unlimited, local and domestic long-distance calls; makecopies; and surf the Internet at no charge.

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