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Attorneys General from DC & 16 States Fight Travel Ban Appeal

The most senior lawyers of sixteen US states – and of the District of Columbia – have said President Trump’s revised travel ban would damage both academic and medical institutions… and have a “chilling effect” on tourism. They have filed a brief to uphold the ruling that blocks Executive Order 13780 from coming into force. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Emirates to Fly Fewer Services to the US

Emirates is to fly less often to the United States because tougher US security measures and President Trump’s travel bans are together lowering demand. The airline’s Dubai hub is both a casualty of the US ban on larger electronic devices in passenger cabins and also a transit stop for many passengers affected by Executive Orders 13769 & 13780. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Visit Florida’s Proposed Budget a “Game Changer”

Visit Florida’s fortunes could be on rise. After its very future was left in doubt, then a House of Representatives bill passed to cut its budget by two thirds to $25m, then Governor Rick Scott called for $76m… now he has proposed raising funding to $100m. Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson calls the possibility a “game changer”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia Introduces Tougher Temporary Visas

Australia has announced that two new temporary visas will make it harder to enter the country’s labour market. The current four-year 457 visa is being scrapped. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said jobs and Australians had to come first, amid concerns that key workers from abroad are crucial to the hospitality sector and wider tourism industry. From CIM News Magazine…

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Global Meetings Industry Day Unites the Sector

With key landmarks of New York’s iconic skyline again lit up blue in celebration, the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day is dawning across the face-to-face world. Spearheaded by campaign coalition Meetings Mean Business, the event is designed to raise awareness of the sector and to highlight its business and societal impacts. Happy GMID! From Successful Meetings…

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Federal Judge in Hawaii Extends Travel Ban II Hold

As 13 US states line up to back President Trump’s Travel Ban II – calling for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the second suspension of it granted to Maryland – the federal judge who first blocked it in Hawaii has extended his order. Once again the ban’s damage to tourism and academic research is cited. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Three Airlines’ Solutions to the US Large Electronic Devices Ban

With the ban on bringing larger electronic devices into passenger cabins coming into force on flights to the US from ten airports – the UK has similar restrictions on routes inbound from six countries – how have Middle East carriers mitigated the inconvenience to their customers? Details on the Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines approaches. From Meetings & Conventions…

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$76m Budget for Visit Florida Backed by Senate Subcommittee

Shortly after the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill cutting Visit Florida’s budget by two thirds to $25m – also capping salaries and increasingly accountability – now a Senate subcommittee has proposed backing Governor Rick Scott’s request for a $76m budget. Visit Florida says the state attracted 112.8m visitors in 2016, after just 87.3m in 2011. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Events Industry Reacts to the Triggering of Article 50

As the Brexit starting gun is formally fired, a snapshot of events industry views on how the UK’s departure from the European Union will impact the sector. EVCOM, the Event Marketing Association, Green & Pleasant Events, Avenue Events, Smyle, Absolute Corporate Events, Eventopedia, BCD Meetings and Events, FreemanXP and AOK Events all weigh in. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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London Mayor Reassures After Terror Attack

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has reassured visitors to the city after the major terror attack right at its democratic heart. Four victims have been killed, with 40 more injured – seven of them critically – after a man drove into pedestrians along the pavement of Westminster Bridge. He then stabbed an unarmed police officer before being shot dead. From Meetings & Conventions…

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US Bars Large Electronics in Cabins on Flights from 10 Airports

The US is banning large electronics from passenger cabins on flights from ten specified Middle East and North African airports. After “evaluated intelligence” on terrorist threats, devices bigger than a mobile phone have will to be checked into hold luggage on services from these destinations. Around 50 flights a day into the US will be affected. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Second Ban Receives Second Suspension

After Hawaii’s successful legal stay on executive order 13780 – which President Trump attacked as “unprecedented judicial overreach” – Maryland was next in line to question the constitutionality of Travel Ban II. One plaintiff – the Middle East Studies Association – claimed the order would make it difficult for members to attend academic conferences in the US. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia’s Lost Convention Business Totals AU$805m

Australia is missing out on AU$805m of convention business across the coming decade, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The AACB says a national convention bid fund – and easier visa access – are key to future economic success. From CIM News Magazine (the report “Business Events: Delivering Economic Prosperity for Australia” is in our Research section)…

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Travel Order Slowing Travel Bookings to US

Following last month’s Global Business Travel Association figure of $185 million of business travel bookings lost in the week after Trump’s first travel ban was announced, a new report reveals further data on the slowdown. Industry analysts ForwardKeys is claiming international travel dipped by 6.5 percent in the eight days after the first executive order. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Hawaii Files Suit on Revised Travel Ban

Another travel ban, another legal challenge. Hawaii is amending its lawsuit against President Trump’s first ban to encompass the revised version. The state is seeking a hearing on March 15. Hawaiian Muslims have joined the action as plaintiffs. From Meetings & Conventions (and since publication Hawaii has indeed filed suit, together with the States of Washington and New York)…

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Trump’s Travel Ban II: What’s New?

There are now six mainly Muslim countries instead of seven. There is also a week and a half of notice and greater clarity on exemptions for legal residents, citizens of dual nationality and holders of existing visas. Refugees of religious minorities in the six countries no longer have preferential status. Executive order 13780 lands on March 16. From PCMA…

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