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.

http://capwiz.com/nbta/issues/alert/?alertid=12773376

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!

http://capwiz.com/nbta/issues/alert/?alertid=12773376

 Stop Congress Ban on Companies from Hosting Events and Conferences

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...]