House Votes to Reauthorize Brand USA

The House cleared legislation July 22 to reauthorize Brand USA, the public-private partnership developed to promote international travel to the United States. Brand USA, created by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, is financed entirely by fees paid by visitors from Visa Waiver Program countries and contributions from the travel industry. According to the U.S…. Read more »

Sequestration Hits the DC Meetings’ and Association Community

Sequestration hasn’t just added to the wait at the airport, it’s also hurting the DC meetings’ and association communities. Last weekend the Washington Post wrote about the economic effect the slowdown on government meetings and travel has had on the DC-metro area. Patrick Scholes of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey illustrates the issue, “In the past several months, expectations… Read more »

US Travel Associations Proposes Ways to Increase U.S. Travel

With the ten year anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks approaching, the U.S. Travel Association earlier this week gave a report on the state of U.S. travel industry.  But rather than just lamenting the state of travel, they gave a proactive plan to help people travel more easily to, from, and around the… Read more »

New CIC Study Highlights Economic Importance of Meetings Industry

A new study by the Convention Industry Council highlights the importance of the meetings industry to the American economy. The study, which ASAE cosponsored with other associations, shows that meetings and conventions support 1.7 million jobs nationwide.

Federal Agencies Not Meeting in Certain Cities

ASAE and other travel-focused associations have been sharing stories about how the economy and negative media attention has forced some corporations and associations to cancel or move their meetings from certain high-profile destinations and properties to avoid public criticism.  Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government has also been pulling meetings from some… Read more »