06/09/2015 4:33 PM
$71 billion in GDP Represented on Capitol Hill as Exhibitions Industry Hosts Second Annual Exhibitions Day
Corpus Christi, Texas (June 9, 2015) – The Exhibitions Mean Business campaign will host its second annual Exhibitions Day on Capitol Hill June 8-9 to continue dialogue around key issues that threaten the industry’s $71.3 billion contribution to the U.S. GDP.
Exhibitions Day 2015 was established to serve as a platform to engage in uninterrupted, one-on-one dialogue with members of Congress. The economic power of exhibitions and events plays a considerable role in Corpus Christi, Texas. SMG managed American Bank Center pledges its support to the exhibitions industry as well as the causes being addressed during Exhibitions Day.
Exhibitions Day attendees will meet with U.S. representatives to raise awareness about the exhibitions industry among government and other influential audiences; educate our nation’s leaders about the value and impact of exhibitions and events in cities and communities [like community/specific city]; and help government officials to be more cognizant of our industry and its relation to their work.
“As a member of the exhibitions industry, we strongly support Exhibitions Day and the issues being addressed on Capitol Hill,” said Donna Ca. “Our [industry/city] relies heavily on the jobs and revenue that exhibitions create. They bring attendees from all over the world and provide access to government contracts and opportunities we might not otherwise see. Exhibitions support growth within [industry/city] and growth supports not only our local economy, but the overall economy year after year.”
Key issues to be discussed this year include:
- Garnering support for the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, a bipartisan effort to take specific steps, such as reforming the nation’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP), to increase international travel to the United States. Changes enacted through the JOLT Act are projected to help bring nearly 100 million visitors to the United States, create one million jobs and generate as much as $859 billion in revenue by 2020.
- Addressing efforts by American, Delta and United airlines to nullify Open Skies agreements and freeze new routes for three international carriers. The legacy U.S. carriers allege that Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have violated Open Skies agreements by accepting subsidies from their governments. The truth is virtually all global carriers, including those in the U.S., have accepted financial or regulatory subsidies from their governments. Open Skies agreements have positively impacted international aviation and travel, increased international air service, reduced air fare and encouraged millions of people to travel both nationally and internationally for leisure and business. Any action taken against the spirit of this policy would be detrimental to multiple facets of the U.S. economy, including the exhibitions and events industry.
- Raising awareness about the importance of government employee participation at events, which is undeniably valuable to both attendees and exhibitors. Attendance at exhibitions and other face-to-face events as what fosters the development of effective regulation, contributes to innovation that drives economic growth, and provides unique learning and training opportunities for government employees. Additionally, exhibitions are the exact place where government agencies find the qualified contractors needed to help take on the numerous projects they need completed.
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About Exhibitions Mean Business
Established in 2011, Exhibitions Mean Business (EMB) was created to unify and give a collective voice to the exhibitions and events industry and better advocate the benefits of face-to-face meetings to business growth and economic development. Driven by members of the industry, including professional associations, venue and convention center operators, exhibitions-focused service providers, convention and visitors bureaus and other travel and tourism organizations, EMB promotes the values of the industry through strategic advocacy campaigns, media relations efforts and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.
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