The American meetings and events industry directly and indirectly supports 6.3 million jobs and generates almost $1 trillion a year in direct, indirect and induced spending. The industry’s direct $106 billion contribution to the U.S. GDP is greater than the amount generated by auto manufacturing ($78 billion), performing arts/spectator sports/museums ($71 billion), and information and data processing services ($76 billion). If indirect and induced spending numbers are included, meeting and event production’s total annual contribution to the GDP is $458 billion.
From our friends at Keep America Meeting: A catchy little song from TBA Global and artist NewSide, commemorating industry advocacy efforts. Check it out! (Hit “Play the Song” and wait for the magic to begin.)
On May 13, the U.S. Travel Association delivered a Keep America Meeting petition to the Senate Commerce Committee while it was holding a Senate Hearing on Travel. The online petition was created in February in response to media censure and government scrutiny of the meeting, event and incentive industry. “Corporate meetings enhance employee and partner […]
On May 12, meeting and tourism industry professionals are hitting the streets to talk about how much travel matters to the U.S. In Atlanta, where the industry provides 270,000 jobs and has an annual estimated impact of $11.4 billion, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is holding a celebration and panel discussion about how to […]
One out of every eight American jobs is linked to the travel and tourism industry, which generates $115 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. Without the tax revenue generated by travel and tourism, each U.S. household would pay an additional $988 in taxes. To raise awareness of these and other facts […]
A campaign is afoot to keep America meeting. More than 5,000 people have already signed an online petition at KeepAmericaMeeting.org, and many more signatures are needed to help raise awareness of the importance of corporate meetings. The petition is endorsed by a non-partisan coalition of industry leaders, meetings media and associations, and will be delivered […]