August 01, 2015

Meetings News-in-Brief

Association News

Meeting Professionals International again will be strategic partner and premier education provider for IMEX America in October in Las Vegas. MPI provide content for the show's Smart Monday education program on Oct. 12. MPI Foundation will present Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night, a fundraising and networking event for participants.

Global Business Travel Association president Mike McCormick said Greece’s financial problem could be a boon for the country’s tourism: “Ironically, we could see travel to Greece increase, as leisure and business travelers alike take advantage of favorable exchange rates and lower prices from everything from hotels, air fares and rental cars. In fact – as of today — tourism in Greece is as healthy as it has ever been and business so far remains unaffected. This is not surprising since leisure travel spending is largely coming from abroad.”

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow supports the recent move toward adding Brazil to the Visa Waiver Program. "While this week's discussion on expansion of these programs to Brazil is a step in the right direction, we will continue to urge the governments of both countries to take definitive steps in furthering Brazil's entrance into the VWP and Global Entry Program. Specifically we urge both governments to continue advancing discussions around VWP by meeting regularly and setting benchmarks for meeting the program requirements."

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