Faces of the Meetings & Events and Travel Industry

faces of travel Faces of the Meetings & Events and Travel Industry

As you have heard on our podcast we brainstormed on how to best way to get the word out about how important Meetings & Events are to our economy and how many people are affected by the canceling of meetings and how important face to face meetings are. We decided to make a website and/or You Tube to showcase peoples stories. As I worked on figuring this out I was really happy to find out www.MeetingsMeansBusiness.com is having a contest to find the face of the travel industry.

I really think every Meeting Planner, Meetings company, corporate production company, audio visual company, hotel executives to the taxi drivers out front of the hotel should all produce a quick video for this contest!

The travel community has taken a big hit recently. Media and policymaker condemnation of spending by companies that have received taxpayer assistance has caused thousands of companies nationwide to cancel legitimate meetings and events. Local communities and travel industry employees are paying the price.

To help protect millions of travel-related jobs, we must show the real Faces of Travel.

Are YOU the Face of the Travel Industry?

Enter the Contest

It’s simple. Create an original, brief (45 to 60 second) video telling us why business travel is important to you and why you should be the Face of Travel. Fill out our contest entry form. Then upload your video to our Web site. Entries will be reviewed and posted to our YouTube channel. Then, a winner (or winners) will be selected to be a spokesperson for the campaign. The new Face of Travel will interact with the media, meet with policymakers and help to save millions of jobs across the United States.

So get over there and do a video and maybe become the new face of travel. More importantly let the world know how many of us are dependent on the meetings and events industry. Plus help get our economy back on track!

 Faces of the Meetings & Events and Travel Industry

Stop Congress Ban on Companies from Hosting Events and Conferences

Stop Congress Ban on Companies from Hosting Events and Conferences

Jon Trask just forwarded me this link as an efficient way to email our government leaders to oppose the ban on Companies hosting events and conferences.

Please take a second and respond.


Congress to ban companies from hosting events and conferences.
We can’t let Congress be the nation’s travel manager
Sen. Kerry has introduced legislation that would ban all 421 firms including the nation’s largest banks that received money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events.

If passed, I don’t need to tell you the profound impact on the business travel industry and the nation’s economy it would have. This legislation would not only impact the affected companies it would have a chilling, immediate impact on all companies. This hurts travel managers, hotels, airlines, rental cars, EVERYONE! It is estimated that without the jobs generated by meetings and conventions unemployment would jump from 7.6% to 8.2!

You, as the expert in business travel must educate Congress on the importance of managed travel and the benefits it brings. NBTA has issued a set of guidelines to the U.S. Treasury for effective managed travel based on your practices. You have made travel for meetings and events a cost effective tool that help businesses grow. We need to give these real world practices time to work. We can’t afford negative news stories to drive Congress to manage travel. You have to make sure our government knows that.

Here is the link again!


 Stop Congress Ban on Companies from Hosting Events and Conferences

John Kerry News

202px John Kerry headshot with US flag John Kerry NewsImage via Wikipedia

I had to post this from MPIWeb

Senator Kerry Admits Lack of Personal Worth
Posted by Michael Pinchera on 2/27/2009 9:01:42 AM

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke at AIG’s annual conference in early Sept. 2001 in Burlington, Vt.

Sen. Kerry spoke at the Lux Executive Summit in October 2008.

Sen. Kerry spoke to a group of teamsters at their annual conference at a major hotel in Las Vegas in 2004.

Sen. Kerry spoke at the University of Florida in 2007 and watched as a student in the audience was shot with a taser gun (“Don’t tase me, bro!”).

So Sen. Kerry feels events are a waste of money yet he is willing to take it from companies like AIG? Man, I never thought he was a flip flopper before but…….

 John Kerry News

John Kerry Wants to Ban Conferences

kerry meeting2 John Kerry Wants to Ban Conferences

I wanted to write Senator John Kerry a letter today after reading the post by Jessica L States on the MPI website.

Lawmaker Hopes to Ban Conferences for Bailed-Out Companies
Posted by Jessica L. States

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would prevent companies that have received bailout funding from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events. The bill will affect any companies that have received government help under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

“I’m sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and reading about another idiotic abuse of taxpayer money while our country is on the brink,” Kerry said. “Americans who play by the rules are losing their jobs and struggling to pay their mortgages. The companies that came to Congress in desperate need of help to stay afloat become their own worst enemies when they pull stunts like this. It’s an embarrassment that this legislation is necessary, but some companies clearly need a reality check to get their priorities straight so taxpayer money is used to get their house in order and not to pay for lavish parties. Congress has zero tolerance for this kind of excess.” [Read more...]