Great post by Bill Marriott, Meetings Mean Business and Jobs. Key quote:
In the past few weeks alone, we have had millions of dollars worth of meetings canceled, because companies fear how they will be perceived. As a result, people who clean guest rooms, wait tables and check in guests at hotels have lost their jobs. The U.S. government expects a quarter million more travel industry jobs will be lost this year. According the U.S. Travel Association, one in every eight jobs in the United States are linked to travel and tourism -- meetings alone create 1 million jobs.
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