Government Shutdown Impacts Association Meetings
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The ongoing federal shutdown, now in its third week, is starting to affect the meetings sector in a big way—including at one of the largest association events of the year.
The Consumer Technology Association’s CES, taking place January 8-11, has to account for the loss of multiple speakers from the federal government. Among them, according to Engadget, is the head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, as well as top officials at the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
“Because of the government shutdown, some of our scheduled government speakers at CES 2019 have alerted us that they must cancel their travel to the show,” CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a news release. “As a result, some of our scheduled CES 2019 programming and speakers will change.”
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