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 […]
In the first six months of 2009, total business travel spending was down by 12.5 percent. That cut in spending may have put those companies at a competitive disadvantage.
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 […]
Scrutiny of financial companies receiving bailout money has been intense, and many — such as Wells Fargo and AIG — have been shamed into canceling meetings and events. But companies that have nothing to do with Troubled Assets Relief Program funds are canceling meetings, too. More than half of the meeting planners surveyed by Meetings […]