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US Lifts Large Electronics Ban on Final Airport

The four month US ban on carrying larger electronic devices in aircraft passenger cabins – a restriction placed on all flights from ten proscribed airports in the Middle East and North Africa – is now completely lifted. King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, became the last airport to implement new US security measures. From the Event…

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US Meetings Industry Campaigns on Visas

Twenty US travel and meetings industry organisations have signed a letter asking the White House to reconsider a recent Executive Order amendment. In it a target of interviewing 80 percent of temporary visa applicants within three weeks has been abandoned. The signatories – including several Iceberg partners – say the move will have negative economic impact. From Meetings & Conventions…

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$547bn of US GDP in 2016 is Business Travel

New figures on what the visible tip of the iceberg contributes to US GDP have been published by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. In 2016 each percentage point of business travel spend represented 74,000 jobs, $3.3 billion in wages and $1.3 billion in taxes. Last year businesses spent $424 billion on 514.4 million domestic trips. From Meetings & Conventions…

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$10,000 Awards for Association Innovation

Applications are now being accepted for the ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program. The charitable branch of the American Society of Association Executives – an Iceberg partner – is awarding five bursaries of up to $10,000 each for innovative association projects in travel, exploration or hybrid (travel and exploration). The closing date is October 1st. From Association Meetings International…

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Hawaii Further Challenges Trump Travel Ban II

A federal judge in Hawaii has expanded the list of family relationships with US citizens that permit successful visa applications from countries proscribed in President Trump’s Travel Ban II. US District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the administration not to bar citizens’ grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. From Meetings & Conventions…

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11 March 2018

The Great Ideas Conference, Colorado Springs, USA

Evolve from ideation to implementation with the help of association leaders at the 2018 Great Ideas Conference. You’ll get inspiration by sharing with others, attending forward-thinking idea labs, and leaving your comfort zone. Bring your ideas to the table March 11–13, 2018.

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US Large Electronics Ban Lifted with Enhanced Security

The US Department of Homeland Security is lifting the ban on large electronic devices in passenger cabins on flights from ten proscribed Middle East and North African airports. Enhanced security protocols and passenger screening – both technological and canine – on all inbounds flights to the US will be introduced in its place. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Trump Travel Ban II Upheld (Partially)

The US Supreme Court has allowed a limited reinstatement of President Trump’s Travel Ban II. Pending a hearing in October, judges have upheld the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen where there is no “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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US Homeland Security Clarifies Flight Electronics Ban

As European Union officials meet to discuss the threat of the US expanding its ban on large electronic devices in certain flight cabins, and as the travel industry says the ban has seen Middle East business drop by 2.8% and cost the sector $198 million, the US Homeland Security chief has clarified US policy on any potential widening. From Meetings & Conventions…  

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Trump Travel Ban II Heads to the US Supreme Court

After the 10-3 ruling of a federal appeals court that Trump Travel Ban II probably violates the Constitution and “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination”, the Justice Department has asked the US Supreme Court – the nation’s highest legal authority – immediately to reinstate it. The Trump administration says the US will be safer under Executive Order 13780. From Meetings & Conventions…

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No US Large Electronics Ban on Flights from Europe… Yet

To audible sighs of relief from much of the international meetings industry, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced that America will not extend to flights from Europe its ban on carrying large electronic devices in passenger cabins. A bar is currently in force on flights from ten Middle East and North African airports. From Travel Weekly…

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Brand USA Federal Funding Ditched in Trump Budget Proposal

Brand USA – the organisation promoting the US as a welcome destination for visitors – is to lose its federal funding under a proposed new budget from President Trump. The move has been attacked by US Travel association President Roger Dow as throwing away an $8.9 billion contribution to the economy and 28-to-1 return on investment. From Meetings & Conventions…

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