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USTA Hosts Industry Conference Call on Travel Crisis


Washington, DC – An emergency conference call is scheduled for March 4 at 2 p.m. EST for exhibition industry members to discuss the growing crisis in business travel.

The call will be hosted by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), which has taken the lead role in a coalition of associations representing the meetings and business travel industry.

The USTA said the call would focus on steps companies can take to protect “the freedom to travel.” The concerns stem from a number of event cancellations linked to the criticism of so-called executive junkets involving companies receiving government financial aid under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

The fallout from the TARP cases in the media and among Federal lawmakers has had a chilling effect on legitimate business travel and events.

“By taking action now to reinforce the value of meetings, events and incentive programs, we can solidify in the minds of leaders everywhere the critical role these activities play to improving business’ bottom line,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the USTA.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-546-4358.

Reach Roger Dow at (202) 408-8422 or

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