About Exhibitions Day 2019

The sixth annual Exhibitions Day will take place 4-5 June in Washington, D.C. Once again, industry members will come together to foster relationships and build awareness with federal legislators and other policy influencers on Capitol Hill. Last year, more than 100 members of our industry gathered on Capitol Hill to advocate for exhibitions and events, which are a vital tool the success of our free enterprise economy. We ask you to once again join us as we meet face to face with our nation’s political leaders and give a voice to the exhibitions and events industry. Addressing the matters that impact our industry is crucial to allowing our industry to continue to do its part for our national economy. We want to incite change, and that change is only possible with you by our side.

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Schedule of Events:

Date Program Time
Tuesday, 4 June Registration (Reserve Officers Association – Atrium) 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Orientation (Reserve Officers Association – Ballroom) 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception Sponsored by Trade Show Executive (Reserve Officers Association – Atrium) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 5 June Continental Breakfast (Westin City Center) 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Continuous Bus Service to Capitol Hill 7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Appointment Celebration Meet Up (Bull Feathers) 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Exhibitions Day 2019 Issues

Safety and Security

  • Online Booking Scams
    • Upwards of 15 million fraudulent online bookings scams happen each year, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in lost revenue for hotels and money from consumers.
    • In 2017, the House and Senate introduced R. 2495 and S. 1164 – Stop Online Booking Scams Act, which would stop hotel booking scams and allow state attorneys general to pursue restitution and refunds on behalf of the victims. There is currently no bill supporting this cause, but it is extremely important to the safety and security of exhibitions and event attendees. We need the help of our legislators to advance these measures and help us battle this practice of digital theft.
    • A great milestone in this battle was witnessed in 2018 when the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) won a court case against an unaffiliated travel agency for their deceptive advertising practices and infringement upon the association’s valid and subsisting IPPE U.S. trademark registrations

Travel Facilitation

  • Secure Travel Partnership
    • In 2017, 23 million travelers arrived in the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries and generated $190 billion in economic activity. Visitors from the 38 countries that participate help generates a $77 billion trade surplus for the U.S.
    • In 2019, the House introduced H.R. 1996 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to rename the Visa Waiver Program to Secure Travel Partnership.
    • We believe it’s important to rename the program to more accurately depict its security enhancements and demonstrate strong support for secure and better travel for international travelers who have already been highly vetted. Embracing policies that enhance the global travel market will enable growth that is crucial to achieving the nation’s economic goals.
  • JOLT Act
    • Over 1.2 million jobs across America are directly supported by international inbound travel. For the U.S. to grow that number as well as regain and increase our share of the global travel market, it is important to improve and expand the programs we currently have in place.
    • In 2019, the House introduced R. 2187 – To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to stimulate international tourism to the United States, and for other purposes.
    • The JOLT Act will update and strengthen numerous programs related to the efficiency and volume of international inbound travel and help the U.S. regain its share of the global travel market.
  • Investing in America’s Infrastructure
    • According to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. ranks ninth in the world in infrastructure quality. Inadequate supply of infrastructure is one of our top 10 most problematic factors for doing business.
    • Without proper travel infrastructure, it is extremely challenging to accommodate trade shows in the U.S. To compete with other countries for business travel, significant improvements are needed.
  • Protecting Brand USA
    • President Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal calls for the elimination of funding for Brand USA, a federally supported organization that promotes the country overseas as a business and tourist destination.
    • Brand USA is a bipartisan program funded by inbound airline passenger fees and private industry, so there is no impact on U.S. taxpayer money.  The program’s efforts are crucial to attracting international tourism, investment and fair and free trade.
    • Brand USA’s marketing efforts over the past six years (FY2013 through FY2018) has helped bring:
      • 6 million incremental visitors to the USA who spent
      • $21.8 billion on travel and fare receipts with U.S. carriers, and generated
      • $6.2 billion in federal, state, and local taxes, and
      • $47.7 billion in total economic impact, which has supported, on average,
      • Nearly 52,000 incremental U.S. jobs each year

Please join us on Exhibitions Day June 4-5 in D.C. to advocate for our industry and the issues impacting it! 

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