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SIIA Urges Events Industry Inclusion in COVID-19 Stimulus Package
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, business-to-business media, and digital content industries, is urging Congress and the Trump administration to include the events and meeting sector in a proposed stimulus package for the hospitality industry. The association made its request in letters sent to the U.S. Treasury Department and Congressional leadership as they consider a third economic stimulus package to address the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The letters, co-signed by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), reminded the Treasury and Congress of the event and meetings industry’s importance to the American economy and their close association with the hospitality industry.
SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:
“Congress and the administration should include the meetings and events sector as they develop an economic relief package for the hospitality industry. As COVID-19 continues to devastate large and small business across the nation, it has not spared this critical sector. Business-to-business conferences and events are a critical backbone of the U.S. economy, directly and indirectly employing millions of Americans. Like other businesses engaged in hospitality, many media, publishing, and other event business are seeing major revenue losses, are facing layoffs, and in some cases may be forced to close operations completely. We ask the Treasury Department and Congress to take an expansive view of the types of businesses engaged in hospitality as they develop a stimulus package.”
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.