Evolving NACE’s National Governance

National Association For Catering ane Events

In conducting this work, the task force examined governance best practices, effective approaches used by other associations, and the personal experiences of the task force members. Parallel with this governance update, the National Board will form a Bylaws Review Task Force.

GBTA: Business travel gaining but hampered by government policies

Travel Daily News

Latest GBTA poll shows non-essential business travel gaining but critical functions for business continue to be impacted by global travel restrictions

US Government To Lift International Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Tourists

Travel Pulse

The White House plans to lift the restrictions in November. Impacting Travel

US Government Extends Land Border Closures With Canada, Mexico

Travel Pulse

The closure comes days after Canada announced plans to welcome American travelers again. Impacting Travel

US Government Officials Working to Ease COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions

Travel Pulse

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is working to reopen international travel. Impacting Travel

US Government Considering Revamp of Current European Travel Restrictions

Travel Pulse

President Joe Biden revealed more details at a recent press conference. Impacting Travel

Third Person Sues Government Over Transportation Mask Mandate

Travel Pulse

This time, rideshare driver says his rights are being violated. Impacting Travel

Will Government Shutdown Hamper Your Event?

Smart Meetings

As President Donald Trump and Congress debate whether to include millions of dollars for a border wall in a spending bill to reopen government, event professionals are left wondering how a partial shutdown will affect their plans. Parks operated independently of the government are still open, according to Joanne Diane Tan, corporate director of sales for Basecamp Hospitality (formerly The California Park). The post Will Government Shutdown Hamper Your Event?

U.S. to Open to International Travel in November

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New Government Travel Ban Rules Out Incentive Trips to Cuba


A recently reenacted government ban, as described in the U.S. government holds Cuba responsible for “propping up U.S. The post New Government Travel Ban Rules Out Incentive Trips to Cuba appeared first on VIKTOR.

Deal Reached to Temporarily Open Federal Government

Smart Meetings

An agreement was reached Friday to temporarily reopen the federal government, which will help to alleviate the increasing problems caused by staffing issues at airports across the country. The impact of the partial government shutdown reached new levels Friday as flights at New York and Philadelphia airports were delayed due to insufficient air traffic control staffing, affecting travel plans for planners and other working professionals.

Air Transat Returns to the Skies

Business Traveler USA

The carrier suspended flights in February, after the government of Canada imposed strict new arrivals rules. Air Travel Travel News Air Transat Government of CanadaCanada’s third-largest airline, Air Transat, is once again flying after a six-month suspension of operations.

Orlando-Based Magistrate To Determine Mask Mandate Lawsuit

Travel Pulse

Government delivers final court briefing. Impacting Travel

Girl Scout Cookies and a Talking Stick: What It Takes to End a Government Shutdown


government shutdown by using an age-old meeting tool. government running again, it could have gotten ugly. Fortified with Girl Scout cookies and popcorn—yes, of course F&B was involved—the group of senators helped convince Senate leadership to make a deal to reopen the federal government on Monday after the three-day shutdown. Senators brokered a deal to end the U.S. When a bipartisan group of dozens of senators huddled in the office of Sen.

Did the FAR Lose Its Mojo in the Government Contracts World? Depends.


Following various audits, the Government filed a complaint against Lockheed seeking more than $115 million in reimbursement based upon a claim of breach of contract. Lockheed filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the Government’s legal theory failed because the FAR did not provide a contractual duty or obligation for Lockheed to manage its subcontractors. As the government conceded in its briefs, FAR 42.202 is not a term of the contract.

Government Shutdown Leads to Longer Airport Security Lines

Smart Meetings

The government shutdown is leaving airports cross the United States with understaffed security checkpoints and long lines as some Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents are refusing to work after weeks of not being paid. Massive lines at NYC airport amid worries about government shutdown, TSA callouts [link] pic.twitter.com/3QtMhdqAgw. Houston Airport shuts down a TSA checkpoint amid government shutdown [link] pic.twitter.com/qHghhBHOpV.

January 4, 2019: Hundreds of Scientists Are Skipping Massive Weather Conference Over Government Shutdown, N.F.L. Inks Sponsorship Deal With Caesars Entertainment, The Louvre Sets Visitor Record With Help From Beyoncé



Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Meetings on the Hill

Smart Meetings

Take it from me, someone with more than eight years experience on the Hill planning association and government relations events: avoid these top five mistakes and your efforts to book meetings on the Hill will be more successful. There is simply too much time that could pass and too many things that could happen in the government that’ll derail that plan, so offices can’t commit. Washington has had the reputation as a good ole boys club for decades.

7 Smart Moves—at Mahekal Beach Resort, Kimpton & More

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Maria Tuttocuore Monaco Government Tourist Office’s (MGTO) senior executive of sales and marketing Tuttocuore has been named to the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Maria Elena Armenta Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico has added Armenta as director of sales and marketing. Most recently, she was group account director at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

LA County Mandates Face Masks For All Large Events

Travel Pulse

The new mandate comes as destinations, attractions and government begin reacting to the Delta variant surge. Impacting Travel

August 28, 2018: SAG and P.G.A. Awards Set 2020 Awards Dates In Advance of Early Oscars, Hotels Lack Security Protections from U.S. Government, Bride Cancels Wedding After Guests Refuse to Pay $1,500 Fee



WTTC Calls for Universal Acceptance of Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

Travel Pulse

In efforts to restart international travel, The World Travel & Tourism Council petitions global governments to recognize all approved COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.

Peru events are back: Lima Convention Bureau and hotels showed they are ready to organize international events again

Travel Daily News

Peruvian government, on June 21st, 2021, authorized corporate and professional events in Lima. All these events can be held, applying the protocols in open air sites with no capacity control and in closed spaces at 50% capacity

Bahamas To Require That All Cruise Passengers Be COVID-19 Vaccinated

Travel Pulse

The Bahamian government today issued an emergency order to prevent cruise ships from porting if they carry vaccine-eligible passengers who aren’t fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

Nearly 40% of TSA Workforce Still Unvaccinated as Deadline Looms

Travel Pulse

Civilian federal government workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22, but a sizable portion of TSA employees remain unvaccinated, which could lead to holiday travel back-ups.

Canada to Open US Border August 9: Quarantine Hotel Program Ends Same Day

Travel Pulse

The Canadian government says it will open the border to fully vaccinated Americans and permanent U.S. The government also is ending the controversial hotel quarantine program on August 9.

Foreigners Will Need One of These Vaccines For US Travel

Travel Pulse

The CDC has just revealed another element of the government’s forthcoming new entry system for foreign travelers, to take effect in early November: which vaccines will be accepted.

US Reentry Gets Tougher for Unvaccinated Travelers Under New Policy

Travel Pulse

With the government planning a new system for foreign travel to the U.S., Americans returning home will soon face different entry requirements according to their vaccination status. Impacting Travel

How Blockchain Can Disrupt Financial Services


Lending Multiple intermediaries and fees for bank loans, mortgages, credit card debt, government bonds, muni bonds, asset-back securities Both loan and collateral can be stored in a blockchain. Governance Accounting for value A distributed ledger will mean real-time audit and financial reporting capabilities. This table below highlights how blockchain can disrupt various aspects of the financial services industry. Function Current Process Future Process Impacted.

Supplier Highlight: Challenging Summer Travel

Fox World Travel

Planning ahead for travel challenges such as TSA wait times, government travel restrictions, and flight disruptions will be crucial when traveling this summer. The summer travel season is upon us, and will look different than summers before.

Canada Eases International Travel Restrictions

Business Traveler USA

The government of Canada has announced that, starting Aug. The Canadian government’s latest announcements comes on the heels of its move to ease restrictions on certain groups of fully vaccinated travelers.

USTA Applauds End of Shutdown

Smart Meetings

Travel Association (USTA) reacted swiftly to the announcement that an agreement has been reached to reopen the federal government for three weeks. More : Deal Reached to Temporarily Open Federal Government. Likewise, the reopening of national parks, plus the resumption of government travel and government-related business travel, will halt the estimated $100 million in daily cost the loss of those activities has been imposing on the economy.” The U.S.

Award-Winning Work For Our Clients

The Abbi Agency

We’re proud to work with a variety of clients, ranging from hospitality and destinations to community businesses to government agencies to startups, technology and healthcare.

United Airlines Opens Airwaves into Southern Africa

Business Traveler USA

The new agreement (pending government approval) brings one-stop connections from the U.S. and Lagos Nigeria will begin November 29, subject to government approval. ” This new codeshare will be implemented upon final government approvals.

Stakeholder Engagement in Destination Planning

Solimar International

The list is long and includes local and national governments, visitors and local communities, private sector businesses and organizations, destination management organizations (DMOs) as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are all affected by tourism in different ways.

How Hurricane Irma Is Affecting Events in Florida


Government leaders and tourism officials in Florida are assessing damage from Hurricane Irma, which made a devastating trip up the

UK May Pull the Plug on Its Travel ‘Traffic Light’ System

Business Traveler USA

The government of the United Kingdom is set to revamp its current travel ‘traffic light’ system in favor of a more simplified approach. According to government health authorities those are countries that should not be visited “except in the most extreme of circumstances.”

Canada Develops COVID-19 Vaccine Passport

Business Traveler USA

Canada’s government has announced development of a COVID-19 vaccine certification for Canadian citizens who have been fully vaccinated to use while traveling internationally.

UK Simplifies COVID-19 Rules for Inbound Travel

Business Traveler USA

The British government has taken steps to simplify international travel for fully vaccinated travelers to England. In a move which had been widely anticipated last week , the government is eliminating the red, amber and green designations for countries based on COVID-19 case counts.

Post-Election, Associations Must Act as Civil Refuge

Smart Meetings

Starting in January, we will have a divided government, but associations can be brokers for conversation and for compromise. News Trends association associations candidates climate communities community democracy election government industries lead leader meetings members midterms nation partisanship People political politics polls refuge respect stakeholders trump unity vote votersVoters undoubtedly had a lot on their minds as they headed to the polls Nov.

UK Eases Restrictions on US, EU Travel

Business Traveler USA

While the relaxed requirement currently apply only to England, the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are reportedly consulting with London over adopting a UK-wide policy soon.

KLM Winter Schedule Reinstates US Destinations

Business Traveler USA

Earlier in September, the carrier had canceled US-bound flights when the Dutch government designated the US as a “very high risk area.”. Subsequently, the Dutch government decided to drop previously announced quarantine restrictions for vaccinated travelers from the US.

The Expanding Role of Destination Marketing Organizations

Convene by PCMA

Barbados’ “12 Month Welcome Stamp” campaign, launched in 2020 to attract digital nomads to work in the country, far surpassed expectations thanks to collaboration between the DMO and other government entities.