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May 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of my first vote in a U.S. and local election in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to date, the proudest day of my life!

I had gone to the polls with one or both of my parents during many elections, “practiced” voting with my school classes in the old voting booths with curtains, and was fortunate to live in a household that, regardless of how little income there was, ensured we read newspapers and watched the news daily. I was educated and ready to vote!

Since that first vote, I have not missed voting in any election regardless of where I lived. MORE

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Q&A: Meetings Advocacy With Roger Rickard

Roger Rickard has been a voice for industry advocacy and for individuals in our industry for some time.

Like Roger, my interest and involvement in politics and the political and advocacy process goes “way back.”

For me, it began with a campaign on my playground for a U.S. presidential candidate in the early ’50s, and at that same time organizing street fairs... MORE


Average Gas Price in California Predicted to Hit $4 a Gallon // Bad for low wage workers and tourism // @meetingsmeanbiz

Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You'd Expect (via The New York Times) @SGMPHQ @HSMAI @destinationdc #eventprofs

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Additional Reading

U.S. House Passes Bill That Could Harm Travel Agents and Consumers (via Travel Market Report)
The U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday, passed a bill that continues to include certain measures that could reduce airfare transparency and place additional... MORE

AHLA Wants Hawaii to Tax, Regulate Short-Term Rental Sites Like Hotels (via KITV)
A renewed call from a national hotel group asks state and local government leaders to start taxing Airbnb and other short-term rental sites with the.. MORE

D.C.-Area Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Telework Programs (via Government Executive)
A D.C.-area lawmaker said Friday that he believes a combination of negative perceptions of federal employees and “attitudinal and cultural barriers” in... MORE

Texas Cities Losing Out on Tax Revenue From Sharing Economy (via Rivard Report)
The City of San Antonio could generate millions of dollars in new revenue by following other U.S. cities and passing an ordinance taxing rideshare companies like... MORE

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Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to and for Hospitality, Tourism and Meetings
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