• Exhibitions Day 2017 Issues: Enabling Fair and Free Trade

    This week, the exhibitions and events industry embarks on its fourth annual Exhibitions Day in Washington, DC. Our industry should be incredibly proud of this effort, which continues to grow in terms of size and attention garnered for the industry. On Wednesday, June 7 we will continue with our charge to give a voice to the women and men in our industry who drive billions of dollars into the US economy.

    Our key issues this year focus on enabling fair and free trade. We will inform lawmakers of how they can support responsible travel facilitation and advance security measures without negatively impacting the economically-critical U.S. business travel environment.

    2017 Exhibitions Day Issues Overview:

    • Urge Congress to oppose any measures to defund Brand USA, a bi-partisan, federally supported effort that promotes the country overseas as a business and tourist destination.
    • Encourage Congressional support for H.R. 1265, a bill that increases investment in our infrastructure – the U.S. currently ranks a dismal 11th in the world in terms of quality (WEF).
    • Push for support of H.R. 2495 and S. 1164, which empower the FTC to prosecute criminals who create false hotel booking websites and lure customers into making bookings.

    (Note: More information on the 2017 issues can be found in the toolkit section of the Exhibitions Day 2017 webpage.)

    While in Washington, DC., we will also continue conversations tied to the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI), an initiative that will produce a comprehensive security benchmark that aligns with the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act, helping create safer and more secure large-scale events, such as trade shows and exhibitions.

    It is imperative we leave no doubt that “Exhibitions Mean Business” – they drive economic value for communities large and small across the country, help bring new products and services to market and help connect job seekers with career opportunities. Efforts like our annual Exhibitions Day champion that economic enablement and take the industry’s contributions and point of view directly to our country’s political decision makers.

  • Exhibitions Industry Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

    National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) recently concluded, which celebrated the economic impact of the U.S. travel industry. As you know, travel and tourism play a significant role in the strength of the exhibitions and events industry. To show their support for travel and tourism, several of our member organizations held events to recognize the local hospitality workforce and the positive effect travel and tourism has in their region.

    Visit New Orleans held a travel rally, parade and industry toast in support of NTTW. They also named their inaugural NTTW King and Queen: Corey Bourgeois, Kitchen Manager of Palace Cafe and Pat Coulter, General Manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown.

    The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority hosted a handful of events to celebrate their record-breaking tourism industry: a tourism rally featuring a wide variety of entertainment, a “Go Red” for Travel Rally Day, the 10th anniversary of Hospitality Heroes – a program that recognizes persons who have gone above and beyond to provide the best customer service, a Blood Drive Challenge, and the Helldorado Days parade.

    The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau held a party in a downtown park as a pop-up Memphis vacation, featuring a sampling of uniquely Memphis people and things all in one place on one day.

    Visit Orlando hosted their annual tourism luncheon and showed their appreciation to all of the city’s visitors over the last year in a big way – they set a Guinness World Record for gathering the most hand-written thank you cards (3,144) in 24 hours!

    Visit Austin invited the Austin community to attend the inaugural Give Back Gig, which benefited Art from the Streets artists. They also named 25 Visit Austin ambassadors!

    The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau encouraged locals to be tourists during a month-long extravaganza, which started with a press conference and Attraction Showcase. More than 90 of the city’s top attractions provided discounts to locals in an effort to educate the community on experiences available right at their doorstep.

    Lastly, Visit San Antonio held a weeks-worth of fun activities to promote and acknowledge the city’s tourism industry. A proclamation and reception started the week off and was followed by numerous salutes to local workforce groups along with a gala. Additionally, numerous discounts were provided across the city to thank hospitality employees.

    To our members who participated in these events or others, supported NTTW via social conversations or shared toolkits through your websites, your action is much appreciated! We believe it’s important to be advocates of not only exhibitions and events but also the businesses and commerce that impact our industry’s ability to flourish.


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