Feds issue guidelines to stay away from Vegas and Orlando for meetings

I am sure the voters in Nevada and Florida will be very interested to know that the federal government is telling agencies to avoid booking meetings there. There are a lot of people in the hospitality industries whose jobs are at risk or already gone. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Tamara Audi:... employees at some big agencies, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are being encouraged to host meetings in more buttoned-down places such as St. Louis, Milwaukee or Denver.When a conference planner for MGM Mirage's New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas tried to book a conference with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she received a polite refusal.The Department of Justice "decided conference[s] are not to be held in cities that are vacation destinations/spa/resort/gambling," according to a May email from an FBI employee obtained by the U.S. Travel Association and viewed by The Wall Street Journal. "Las Vegas and Orland[o] are the...(Read Full Post)