Congress and federal workers rely on meetings, conferences and business travel as indispensable tools to do their jobs effectively. Meetings and conferences enable successful information sharing, employee training and development, taxpayer services, and collaboration with other agencies and private-sector partners in a way that cannot be accomplished by other means. U.S. Travel continues to be a leading voice in reminding policymakers of the value of government meetings and travel under all fiscal environments.

Quick Facts

During the financial crisis in 2009, U.S. Travel was an early and effective voice in amplifying the benefits of business travel for meetings, conferences and events.  It created the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy.  The MMBC provides resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities.

An important component of business meetings and travel is conducted by government workers.  Federal employee travel is an essential component of conducting inspections, certifications, training and investigations in areas like food safety, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, transportation safety, law enforcement, military training, and emergency preparedness and response.

Face-to-face meetings play a vital role in connecting people and driving effective results. Federal agencies depend on in-person meetings to build and maintain strong relationships, initiate public-private partnerships and develop high-performing talent.  Meetings also serve as a platform for education and training, through conventions and conferences that focus on skill-building and workforce development.

Recommendations

Prevent waste, but preserve travel

Congress and federal agencies should develop government travel policies that prohibit wasteful spending, encourage responsible travel, and incorporate private sector best-practices

Demonstrate travel’s ROI

The federal government, in partnership with the private sector, should develop research and information for policymakers that demonstrates the value of government travel, the return on investment government meetings and travel brings, and travel’s critical role in providing services and delivering results for American taxpayers.

Guard against misguided policies

Policymakers should resist attempts to unnecessarily limit or discourage government meetings and travel, particularly across-the-board budget cuts.

Research, News and Commentary on Government Meetings and Travel

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Legislative Speaker Series: Congressman Cuellar (TX-28)

December 07, 2021

Legislative Speaker Series featuring Congressman Cuellar (TX-28). 

NOTICE AS OF 12/2/21 AT 2:00 P.M. ET: 

The time and date of this webinar will be POSTPONED...

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U.S. Travel Applauds Brand USA Bill Committee Passage

November 17, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passing the Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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Report: Coronavirus Having Catastrophic Impact on Travel Businesses and Workers

March 17, 2020

A new analysis released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association projects that decreased travel due to coronavirus will inflict an $809 billion total hit on the U.S. economy and eliminate 4.6 million travel-related American jobs this year.

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