Company cost cuts put limits on business travelers
Business travelers, like the rest of the country, are tightening their belts. Stephen Hecht, a technical manager, recently logged online to book a room at Courtyard by Marriott in Norwood, Mass., his favorite hotel when he regularly visits a client. But the Orbitz website, tailored to follow his employer's new cost-conscious travel policy, showed the hotel was too expensive. It steered him to a cheaper property, Four Points by Sheraton. Reluctant to stay at the recommended hotel, he called a local Hampton Inn and found a cheaper room.