NEW RULES GOVERNING the granting of entry visas to the United States are starting to impact the meeting industry. The Fifth World Chinese Life Insurance Congress canceled its August 2004 meeting in Hawaii because of difficulties getting visa approvals. Hawaiian tourism officials expected the meeting to draw more than 3,000 attendees and generate more than $17 million in spending. “It will have an impact on the state,” says Randy Tanaka, director of sales and marketing for the Hawaii ...

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