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DMAI Prepares for Exhibitions Day on Capitol Hill

Monday, June 1, 2015

Washington, DC - Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) joins the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) to raise the profile of the Exhibitions Means Business campaign to communicate the value of face-to-face events to policymakers.

Destinations host over 11,000 exhibitions in the U.S., engaging over 2 million companies to win business, promote ongoing industry education and innovation, and contributing over $69.3 billion in direct spending each year.

Exhibitions Day, an industry-wide effort to engage policymakers on Capitol Hill, will be held on June 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C. DMAI and the destination marketing organizations (DMO) that the association represents will meet with policymakers to discuss the impact of the exhibitions and events industry on the economy, as well as how select regulatory decisions impact the industry’s ability to make these positive economic contributions.

The U.S. exhibitions industry contributes more than $79.3 billion directly to the GDP in attendee and exhibitor spending, translating to $88 billion in federal, state and local taxes each year, and supporting 1.8 million jobs across the country.

"The economic benefit of exhibitions to destinations is more than the jobs supported, direct spending, and tax receipts," said Michael Gehrisch, President and CEO of DMAI. "Exhibitions attract decision makers on corporate relocations, transfer knowledge between academia and industry, and facilitate acquisition of talent. Ultimately, business being conducted at many exhibitions can bring future business back to the community."

With exhibitions playing a critical role in the both social and economic development of communities all of the U.S., DMOs who act as the connective voice between the destination and the traveling public, are uniquely prepared to share stories of how their local communities benefit from the exhibitions they host, and make that local benefit known on Capitol Hill.

For more information on the campaign, please visit:http://www.exhibitionsmeanbusiness.org and follow the campaign on Twitter at @Exhibitsmeanbiz.