In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority nations as constitutional. As such, it’s an important time to explore a prior travel ban for travelers to the U.S. and how it impacted significant meetings and, arguably, may have hindered important dialogue in the field of HIV/AIDS research.
Travel industry leaders won a 20-minute audience with the president on March 12 to discuss how travel can strengthen the U.S. economy. They focused on two key areas of concern: the dramatic nationwide downturn in meetings and events, and the need to attract more international visitors. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly one in […]
Last week, Marriott CEO J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr. penned an op-ed column for the Washington Post. He pointed out that one of his properties in Half Moon Bay, Calif., has seen more than 32 groups cancel meetings in the past few weeks. The resort employs 500 people, many of whom were seasonal farmworkers before the […]
What a difference grassroots mobilization makes. This past week, the number of signatories on the Keep America Meeting petition reached 17,000; members of the travel industry met with President Obama and got his endorsement; and media coverage started getting positive. Check it out: Fortune – “Not Every Corporate Trip is a Boondoggle” March 11, 2009 […]
Anyone who plans incentive trips knows how essential they are for motivating your sales team and driving revenue. Especially in challenging times, keeping morale high is important. Incentive trips aren’t junkets, they are a reward for high achievers. It is their achievement that pays the bills for the program, not taxpayer money. And those increased […]
OK — the past few days covering the MPI MeetDifferent convention has blown my mind. Actually, there’s been so much going on with news releases and press conferences that I’ve skipped the educational sessions so I could process the information and write about it. If you haven’t been there, check out the link above and […]