The meetings industry has gotten the attention of the Obama administration and has a strong supporter in Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, according to a high-ranking official with the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, speaking at the Exhibition and Convention Executive Forum in Washington on June 11. “You are so important to this global economy and this recovery,” said Helen Marano, director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, speaking at ECEF, an invitation-only event ...

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