Planners! We need to step up and speak out against the negative view the government seems to have taken regarding the corporate groups whose legitimate meetings have come under fire. Visit Meetings Mean Business, a web site designed by the U.S. Travel Association, to get educated on the facts, the steps you can take, and what our industry means to the U.S. economy.
For example, the meetings industry is directly responsible for 1 million jobs in this country – that’s 0.6% of all the jobs in this country. Not a small industry, and certainly not made up of frivolous events that are completely unnecessary. If the government steps in and eliminates the ability for businesses to host their meetings, we’ll all be in a world of hurt.
Get out there and spread the word!
Update: You can send an email or a letter to your congressman via this site. The U.S. Travel Association has pre-written a great letter with pertinent facts and information that your government representative can use to help the cause!