The Keep America Meeting campaign is going strong. Their petition now has 20,500 signers, and, new to the site, according to an e-mail today, are two must-see videos:
1. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to clearly articulate that meetings, events and incentive travel are important, and Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) confirmed those activities won’t be restricted by current legislation.
2. In his CNBC interview, the CEO of Texas Roadhouse talks about how important it is that his people deliver legendary service to guests. He looks at a five-day event as an investment in his people that will “yield great returns” for his publicly-traded business. “People are the biggest asset we’ve got,” he said. “If we take care of our people, they’ll take care of our guests.”
And that's not all. More meetings-related items making it to the mainstream press:
Cities greet meeting planners with open arms (USA Today)
Las Vegas loses 402 conventions, meetings (Las Vegas Sun)
And my favorite:
Business travel isn't frivolous — it's our lifeblood (Orlando Sentinel)