Wisdom, conventional or otherwise, was lacking in description of events industry
Steven Pearlstein’s June 29 Business column, “Debunking the conventional wisdom about conventions,” presented a much-skewed depiction of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. The industry cannot be summarized through the telling of one side of one story from one market.
This industry supports 1.8 million jobs across the country, according to the Convention Industry Council, and contributes more than $79 billion directly to the gross domestic product, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). Since many convention centers opened in the 1960s, the exhibitions and events industry has thrived and shown resilience coming out of economic downturns.
We shouldn’t overlook the value of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and nearby Marriott Marquis because that value isn’t immediately evident.
David DuBois, Dallas
The writer is president and chief executive of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events.