May 11, 2005

The International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus Foundation has released an updated version of ExPact2004, a study that measures the dollar impact of meetings and conventions. The new version includes out-of-town and local-delegate spending categories and the addition of travel-party size information. The report, available on CD from IACVB (, costs $100 for member bureaus, $200 for nonmember bureaus and $300 for the general public.

Last week, the National Business Travel Association announced the formation of the NBTA Government Travel Group, which is meant to serve government travel managers. Members will enjoy all the benefits of regular NBTA members and will influence NBTA policies via an advisory board. "NBTA is proud to welcome government travel professionals into membership," said Carol A. Devine, CCTE, NBTA president and CEO. "With private- and public-sector travel management professionals in the same organization for the first time, NBTA can capitalize on synergies between both groups to provide better education, networking, research, news and information."