U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow yesterday released the following statement applauding the passage of H.R.3614, the Airport and Airway Extension Act, which continues funding for the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) through March 31, 2016:
A federal government shutdown would cost the U.S. travel sector at least $185 million per day in economic output due to lost activity and affect 530,000 travel-related jobs due to temporary layoffs, reduced wages and fewer hours worked, economists at the U.S. Travel Association project.
The U.S. Travel projection encompasses the closure of national parks and historic sites—upon which many regional economies greatly depend—and also the cancellation of both government travel and private business travel related to government projects.
Real spending (output) on travel and tourism accelerated in the second quarter of 2015, increasing at an annual rate of 6.5 percent after increasing 2.2 percent (revised) in the first quarter of 2015. Real gross domestic product (GDP) also accelerated, increasing 3.7 percent (second estimate) in the second quarter after increasing 0.6 percent.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, applauded bicameral legislation introduced with the aim of restoring the time-tested, appropriate legal definition of joint employer in order to protect the success of small businesses across the country. The “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act” (S. 2015 and H.R. 3459) reestablishes a simple definition of joint employers, which is currently the model guiding the franchisee/franchisor relationship under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The legislation serves as an immediate response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Browning-Ferris Industries of California ruling that significantly expanded the joint employer definition. The legislation was introduced in both chambers by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (TN) and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (MN-2).
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, filed official comments regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to our nation’s overtime rules. AH&LA’s comments highlight the lodging industry’s concerns with DOL’s proposal to more than double the salary threshold of employees eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440. The comments further urge the Department of Labor to use a past precedent and methodologies that would result in a much more reasonable salary threshold. To read the full comments, please click here.
Experient, the source for integrated meeting and event solutions, announced its collaboration with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. The alliance will allow Experient clients the ability to include Airbnb as an option for meeting and business event attendees.
On Monday, August 10, 2015, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, applauded the dozens of small hotels and independent properties, state associations and other lodging-related groups who sent a letter to the Department of Justice urging the Department to block Expedia’s proposed acquisition of Orbitz. The letter argues that consumer choice could be jeopardized, competition could steeply drop, and small and independent hotels could suffer from the anticompetitive effects of the consolidated market if the merger goes through.
David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Labor Department employment report and the Commerce Department export report released earlier last week:
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the future locations and dates for its annual conference, the World Education Congress (WEC). WEC will be held in Las Vegas in 2017, followed by Indianapolis in 2018 and Toronto in 2019. MPI’s president and CEO, Paul Van Deventer first publicly announced the association’s plans Sunday, August 2, during the opening general session of WEC 2015 in San Francisco.
On April 14, 2016, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID will showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.