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On May 17, IMEX got off to a running start in Frankfurt with the 2017 5K IMEXrun staged along the banks of the river Main.

D.C. to Host U.S. Travel’s IPW for First Time

By Jonathan Trager

IPW, the international marketplace of the U.S. Travel Association’s (USTA), has never been held in the nation’s capital. But that’s going to change this year, as the face-to-face extravaganza will descend on Washington, D.C., on June 3–7.
The single largest generator of international travel to the United States, IPW 2017 is projected to lure 6,300 delegates from 75 countries. Within three years, this is expected to attract one million new international visitors to the D.C. area and have an economic impact of $1.7 billion.
In an exclusive interview with USAE, Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO of Destination DC, said the international leisure traveler tends to stay longer and spend more than a typical domestic visitor.

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IMEX Hits the Mark in Frankfurt

By Todd McElwee

The worldwide meetings industry’s annual rite of spring returned to Frankfurt, Germany on May 16-18.
The 15th edition of IMEX operated under this year’s talking point: “Purposeful Meetings.” And show organizers worked to ensure attendees departed with the tools and connections to produce purposeful meetings of their own thanks to the largest exhibit hall to date and an augmented educational and social menu.

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Former Head of Harlingen (Texas) CVB
Alleges Sexism in Letter

By Todd McElwee

An accord has been reached by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It resolves an agency complaint alleging the nonprofit’s rules restrained competition while harming consumers.
And while it was said to be disappointed with the proceedings, AGO was not found guilty of any wrongdoing nor did not admit to any misconduct. The organization will not enter into any litigation or be subject to a fine.

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Montgomery County (MD) May Legalize Airbnb
with Hotel Association’s Blessing

By Grant Broadhurst

Montgomery County, Maryland is considering legalizing short-term rentals like Airbnb, and the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is all for it.
The Montgomery County Planning Board voted on May 11 to send a short-term rental rules recommendation to the County Council. Their recommendation is to legalize Airbnb-like rentals but restrict and regulate the activity, and Amy Rohrer, President and CEO of MHLA, even wrote a letter to the Planning Board supporting the rules.

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ton… It’s National BBQ Month, and HOTS has discovered the best way to enjoy All-American BBQ: at a nice hotel, possibly indoors.
Four Points by Sheraton has a program called “Best Brews & BBQ” where most Four Points hotels offer their guests a free weekly reception with BBQ appetizers and a local craft beer. The program is available year-round, so a January BBQ reception just outside of Nashville (with pickle fries and BBQ Pork Nachos) is not out of the question.
HOTS’ favorite example is the Four Points Houston Greenway Plaza in Texas, which serves Guns & Oil American Lager and Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs. In HOTS’ opinion, part of being a true traveler is embracing the local cuisine and culture from the comfort of one’s hotel.
When that local flavor involves food seasoned with soda pop and drinks named after firearms and fossil fuels, why not?


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