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Small Cities, Big Parties

Events with the scale and publicity of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions mean big business for host cities that win the coveted bids. And hotels in those cities stand to benefit tremendously from all the buzz and media hype. ...

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Travel Takes Priority

President Obama’s Jan. 19, Executive Order significantly increased the profile of travel and tourism in the United States, with the President proclaiming travel a national priority. The Administration followed with the May 10 announcement of the highly anticipated National Travel ...

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What Makes You So Special?

I’d call my member of Congress, but I’m too busy. Someone else will send this letter to Capitol Hill—I’ll send one next time. Does this sound familiar? As an industry we are facing critical issues that require your involvement, but ...

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2012 Legislative Action Summit

More than 250 hoteliers from across the country were in Washington, D.C., Feb. 29 and March 1 to learn the pressing legislative issues facing the lodging industry and take their message to Capitol Hill. Day one of the American Hotel ...

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Taxes and the Deficit

Normally, this column is supposed to cover the tax changes over the prior year and how they impact the hospitality industry. Last year, we commented about how 2010 was an interesting year but little had passed in the tax field. ...

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