The truth be told about Meetings & Conventions

Here is a recent Letter to the Editor I submitted to the Arizona Republic that has yet to be publishes.  Maybe I can get the truth out better from my blog.  here is what I wrote.  Let me know if you feel the same way.

I am so sick of hearing uninformed individuals, who have never run a business, met a payroll or had to motivate a sales team rant about the amount of money certain companies spend traveling to conventions or conducting business meetings. I work in the exhibit industry and can no longer stand by while the real truth about the value of tradeshows, meetings and conventions gets distorted or left out of the debate. Those who complain the loudest don’t understand that in the real world when management rewards exceptional performance and expands employee knowledge, it encourages innovation, increases productivity and generates commerce. The staff is recharged, people buy the products, the company flourishes and everyone keeps their job. That’s how you stimulate the economy. The businesses that are not laying people off, but showing their appreciation for their employees by sending them to a nice hotel, paying for advanced education and showing their appreciation for a job well done should be rewarded not reprimanded. They are reinvesting in their most valuable asset, their people. The damage being done to the tourism, hospitality, tradeshow and convention industries by one-sided reporting is devastating. It is not just the hotels, restaurants and resorts that suffer. Attention Main Street! Along with the $100 million lost on area tourism, no meetings, conventions and tradeshows means no jobs for food servers, housekeepers, limo drivers, florists, delivery people, truck drivers, chefs, carpet layers, banquet managers, travel agents, display manufacturers, exhibit installers, graphic designers, sales people and the list goes on. It’s time for local business owners to stop grumbling to each other in quiet circles and start making some noise. Help me get the truth out. Our livelihood depends on it.


1 Response to “The truth be told about Meetings & Conventions”

  1. 1 Marc Shaw October 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    – Marc Shaw

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