The U.S. Senate commerce committee approved by unanimous vote S. 2250, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, which reauthorizes Brand USA, which is an effort to increase inbound international travel to the U.S. The U.S. House approved a companion bill earlier this week, 347-57.
International Air Transport Association CEO Tony Tyler called the attack on Malaysia Airlines MH17 “an outrage….It was also an attack against the air transport system which is an instrument of peace.…Governments will need to take the lead in reviewing how airspace risk assessments are made. And the industry will do all that it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead."
Sept. 15 is the applications deadline for ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program. There will be up to four grants awarded in three categories: travel, exploration or hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grants will be up to $10,000. Details: www.asaecenter.org/IGP.
Consumer Healthcare Products Association moved from 19th Street, N.W., Washington, to 14,115 sq. ft. headquarters at 1625 I St., N.W. West, Lane & Schlager principal Eric West, LEED AP, and SVP Matt Levin, SIOR, LEED AP, assisted in the search.
Federal Aviation Administration lifted the flight ban to Tel Aviv after just two days. The ban originally was imposed over security concerns after a missile landed just a mile away from the Tel Aviv airport.
Scitent Inc., an eLearning company for nonprofits and other businesses, released its new, proprietary learning management system SCIDEA. The customizable platform supports blended learning, certification and continuing education credit management, real-time updates to learning content, ecommerce, and the delivery of course content through domestic and global distribution channels.
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Boston Convention Marketing Center changed the name of a collaborative marketing effort to Signature Boston. The former name was Advantage Boston. The effort promotes the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The new website is SignatureBoston.com.
Among those appointed to Meet Puerto Rico’s newly created customer advisory board are Cameron Curtis, CMM, meetings & events manager, Courtesy Associates; Nancy DeBrosse, CMP, sales and account management SVP, Experient; Kimberly Lewis, CEO, community advancement conference & events SVP, US Green Building Council; and Amanda Rushing, conferences & meeting services director, American Society of Civil Engineers. For complete list, go to www.meetpuertorico.com.