DALLAS, TX – The Exhibitions Mean Business campaign has officially opened registration for its highly-anticipated annual legislative fly-in, Exhibitions Day. Taking place June 7-8 industry professionals from across the US will convene in Washington, DC, to hold dialogue with members of Congress around key issues impacting the exhibitions industry and the positive impact it has on the US economy.
Exhibitions Day was established to serve as a platform to engage in uninterrupted, one-on-one dialogue with members of Congress. Over the years, hundreds of industry members have joined the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign on Capitol Hill to hold these informational and educational conversations. For 2016, Exhibitions Day has industry-wide support from 20 organizations committed to promoting the value of exhibitions and events to legislators and key policy influencers.
“House and Senate representatives are central to the review of policies that have a direct and indirect effect on our local economies,” said IAEE president and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “As they make critical decisions that impact business travel and international business activities, it is important we give them all the facts and potential implications so federal lawmakers can make the most informed decisions that are in the best interest of our economy.”
Topics discussed at Exhibitions Day 2015 included advocating for the Travel Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which would promote business travel and trade in the U.S. Additionally, attendees discussed concerning efforts by airlines to nullify Open Skies agreements and freeze travel routes used by many business travelers in/out of the country. Event participants also vigilantly promoted the importance of government employee participation at events, as these events are often where local contractors and other business owners are sourced to carry out major government projects.
Building on Exhibitions Day’s positive inspiration, 2016 will feature an inaugural Global Exhibitions Day movement as well. As part of this global initiative, exhibitions and events professionals worldwide will participate in activities, such as hash-tagged social shares or hosting local events, to share their support for the industry in conjunctions with Exhibitions Day activities on Capitol Hill.