Travel Leaders, Lawmakers Rally Behind 'Blacklisted' Cities
Business isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Las Vegas, Nevada, or Orlando, Florida, but these two entertainment capitals are also the top business meeting and convention destinations in the United States. One of the nation's largest employers has discouraged its employees from booking meetings and conventions in these cities.
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Legislation Introduced to Protect Meetings at Resorts
On July 29, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., introduced a bill into Congress, The Protecting Resort Cities from Discrimination Act of 2009 (S. 1530), which will, if passed, “prohibit an agency or department of the United States from establishing or implementing an internal policy that discourages or prohibits the selection of a resort or vacation destination as the location for a conference or event.”
Congress is Fighting Meetings Blacklisting:
Proof That Grassroots Lobbying Works
from Strategic Meetings Management
Ever since the U.S. Travel Association uncovered the practice by some federal agencies of "blacklisting" resort destinations for business meetings, the author has been pleased to see that the travel industry, and Congressional representatives of these unfairly targeted destinations, aren't taking this lying down. There has been much rhetoric and pushback generated by people directly impacted by the blacklisting and a lot of buzz online via blogs and columnists. More
Business Travel Curbs May Be Permanent
Reductions in both the number of business trips and the amounts spent on those trips during the recession are likely to be permanent. “Businesspeople will still travel, but will travel smarter,” says DeAnne Dale of Travelocity Business.
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Travel Industry Crosses its Fingers Over H1N1
from the Atlanta Business Chronicle
As flu season nears, the U.S. travel industry is closely watching the H1N1 virus and keeping its fingers crossed. American companies with interests abroad reported H1N1 related losses well into the hundreds of millions of dollars during the second quarter of 2009. The losses, led by airlines and hotel companies, were mostly attributed to overseas markets such as Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Asia. More
DiscoverAmerica.com Marks One Year Online
from Travel Daily News International
DiscoverAmerica.com is celebrating its first year as the Official Travel and Tourism Website of the United States by announcing a slate of content upgrades, site enhancements and money saving deals to help travelers plan trips to the USA. “Before you visit the United States, you should go to DiscoverAmerica.com,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. More
“Travel in Turbulent Times” Webinar on August 11
from the U.S. Travel Association
With the media’s continued attacks on resort meetings, the U.S. Travel Association-led coalition of associations and travel companies continues to tell the story of the value of meetings. HSMAI is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 11 at 2 pm EDT for the industry to hear from Geoff Freeman, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the U.S. Travel Association, who will summarize U.S. Travel’s current and anticipated activities, and summarize additional recommended action steps to take for hospitality industry professionals to support the coalition plan. It will take unified, coordinated action from everyone in the travel community to stop these damaging media reports and keep the travel community on a path to recovery. Registration is $59. For more information, click here. More
Increasing Sales at Attractions
Gets Focus at Marketing Outlook Forum
from the U.S. Travel Association
Three sessions are being dedicated to increasing visibility and sales at attractions at this year’s Marketing Outlook Forum to be held October 26-28 in Little Rock, AR. The topics will cover practical and useful insight on leveraging social media, customer relationship management and multicultural marketing to grow attractions business. This year’s registration fee for the two days of programming has been reduced. Those who register before September 11 will save an additional $100 and be entered into a drawing to win free executive suite accommodations during the Forum at the Peabody Hotel. For more information or to register, go to www.ustravel.org/mof. More