Experts say Travel for Professional Meetings and Events is Safe

 The data and science are clear: Attending professional business meetings and events is incredibly safe. In fact, it is safer than some everyday activities.

 Last week in the United States, representatives of the Let’s Meet There Coalition, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance, as well as CLEAR, delivered a message at the National Press Club , declaring that professional in-person meetings and events are safe.

 “Every piece of evidence that we’re seeing from the scientific and academic community tells us that, with the right practices in place, the traveling workforce and organizers of professional events can get back to the business of reconnecting with clients and colleagues,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. 

“Fortunately for all members of the business community, the U.S. is ready to return to professional gatherings and enjoy the occupational well-being, and expansive business and economic benefits”, he added.  

That’s the message behind the conference—to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the safety of in-person professional meetings in the present environment. The data fact sheet is available here.

Industry leaders noted that business meetings are crucial to accelerate America’s economic and job recovery.

Large meetings are currently happening now… safely

Professional events are conducted under controlled environments allowing for maximum health and safety. Air quality of indoor events in many hotels and convention centers is extremely high.

Science shows that flying is safe. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows the risk of a person becoming infected with COVID-19 boarding a flight from the U.K. to the U.S. is 1 out of 10,000

The Aerospace and International Airline Medical Associations found that the risk of contracting COVID-19 during air travel is lower than contracting the virus while in ordinary activities.

Business travelers and meeting planners are more likely than the general population to be vaccinated. According to Destination Analysts, 78% of Americans who have traveled for business in the last two years have been vaccinated, compared to 72% of American travelers overall.

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