According to this item on a poll by independent market research firm GMI, Inc., people from the G8 countries aren't so hot on the idea of coming to the U.S. for business, pleasure, and one would have to assume, meetings:
They're also not wild about flying on U.S. carriers: "When respondents were asked if they avoid flying on American-owned and operated airline while taking an international trip, 57% of Japanese, 44% of Chinese, 42% of French, and 38% of British responded yes. Out of those respondents who replied yes, 92% of Japanese, 88% of Chinese and 87% of British cited their fear of terrorists as a reason to avoid American-owned and operated airlines. Furthermore, out of the respondents that replied yes, 36% of French and 24% of Germans cited that they avoided flying American-owned and operated airlines on international trips because they were boycotting American products and services."
Regardless of your political beliefs, this perception is something that people planning meetings in the U.S. need to take into account if they count on international attendees to come.
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