Discriminatory laws & meetings – As with many things in our industry, it will continue to rear its ugly head in various forms.
Within a week of the passage of Arizona SB 1070, a controversial immigration bill, 19 groups canceled meetings scheduled for the state, costing the local hospitality industry more than $6 million in lost revenue. But meeting and tourism industry leaders are urging meeting professionals to continue with their Arizona-based events as planned. “We call for […]
After seeing 2.4 million fewer overseas visitors in 2009 than in 2000, the United States is finally making the commitment to reposition itself as a frontrunner in the global travel market. On March 4, nearly a year after its introduction, the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) was signed into law by President Obama, making it the […]
As a result of the attempted Dec. 25 bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, tightened security measures have been put in place. Travelers entering the U.S. from Canada are no longer allowed to bring carry-on bags into the cabin of the aircraft, with some exceptions (e.g., medication or medical devices, small purses, laptop computers, musical […]
All passengers traveling by air must have a passport to enter or re-enter the United States. The new regulations went into effect on Jan. 8, 2007.