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NEW YORK CITY-Although at least one leading lodging chain’s CEO said he’s heard about cancellations, the overall impact of the Gulf oil spill on regional travel is unclear, hotel chiefs told reporters Monday at the Tisch Center Hospitality Conference. “It’s still pretty early” to determine how seriously the spill will affect summer tourism, said Arne Sorenson, president and COO of Marriott International, Inc., during the conference’s annual “Coffee Talk” media briefing.

That being said, other CEOs shared the concerns of David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western International, who said franchisees along the Gulf Coast have told him that a number of bookings have been canceled as the BP oil spill spread. Sorenson cited the grim T.V. and Web images of oil-coated sea birds, which seemed to reach a point of ubiquity this past Friday.

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