Upcoming ACOM Event Calendar

April 2008

Idea Network
April 17, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
Hotel / Center Track: How to Deal with Outside Vendors
CVB Track: Community Outreach and Special Events Planning

May 2008

Webinar
May 15, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
How to Deal with Difficult Conversations / Complaints

June 2008

2008 Summer Education Conference
June 26-28, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Palmer House Hilton

July 2008

Idea Network
July 17, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
Hotel / Center Track: Procedures from Start to Finish for CSMs
CVB Track: Procedures from Start to Finish for CSMs

August 2008

Webinar
August 21, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
Revenue Management

September 2008

Idea Network
September 18, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
Hotel / Center Track: Emergency Management
CVB Track: Housing Updates

October 2008

Webinar
October 16, 2008
1:00 PM EDT
APEX Update

November 2008

Idea Network
November 20, 2008
1:00 PM EST
All Tracks: Discussion on Industry Article

January 2009

2009 Annual Conference
January 9-11, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana
Westin New Orleans


A special thank you to the Annual Conference Sponsors:



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Double-Digit Decline in Overseas Travel to the United States Persists Through 2007

As reported by the TIA, new Department of Commerce data reveals that the United States continues to suffer from a decline in overseas arrivals despite a worldwide boom in international travel and an extraordinarily favorable exchange rate. According to industry estimates, year-end data will reveal that the United States, despite a modest increase over 2006, welcomed 11 percent fewer overseas visitors in 2007 than in 2000. More significantly, the United States welcomed 10 million fewer overseas visitors in 2007 than it would have if it simply kept pace with post-9/11 worldwide long-haul travel trends.

"The United States has a serious problem that deserves serious attention in Congress," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the Travel Industry Association. "Despite the fact that America is 'on sale,' we welcomed fewer overseas visitors in 2007 than we did in 1997. We need change - it's time to put the welcome mat at America's front door."

According to the TIA, increasing overseas travel to the United States requires critical visa, entry and communication reforms. President Bush and Congress made positive strides in 2007 by passing important visa and entry reforms, but communication reform still awaits action in the House and Senate.

The "Travel Promotion Act" would help reverse the decline in overseas travel by establishing a nationally coordinated travel promotion campaign at no cost to the American taxpayer. The program would better communicate complex travel policies and assure foreign travelers that they are welcome to visit the United States. Studies show that such a campaign could attract millions of additional overseas visitors per year, resulting in billions of dollars of new visitor spending. The legislation currently has the bipartisan support of nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives and 40 Senators.

The Travel Industry Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $740 billion travel industry. TIA's mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. TIA is proud to be a partner in travel with American Express. For more information, visit www.tia.org.

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