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.
HIP Network announced the expansion of “Sessions in the City,” the cult-favorite event innovation series. Now the single-city phenomenon is going on a five-city tour. Known for its ability to rally influential Association & Corporate Planners and Suppliers who are eager to challenge the status quo, HIP Network has partnered with two industry powerhouses: Team San Jose and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Together, they’ve brought together a host of dynamic speakers, including sought-after experts with new ideas and fresh perspectives. To learn more or register, please visit www.HipNetwork.org.
David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on last Thursday's Labor Department employment report and the Commerce Department export report released July 7, 2015:
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to raise the threshold of overtime pay for salaried employees working over 40 hours per week from $23,660 to $50,440.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to potential cuts in state funding for Choose Chicago, the organization charged with promoting the city as a travel destination:
Registration for Tourism Cares for Our National Parks Opens with Travel Industry #NPSSelfie Campaign
Looking ahead to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, five industry volunteer events with the National Park Service, and celebrating the Find Your Park movement -- Tourism Cares invites industry professionals to visit at least one of America's 407 national parks for a summer vacation, and share their #NPSSelfie!
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Senate's successful cloture vote that removes remaining obstacles to passage of Trade Promotion Authority: