Air travelers may be in for a rude awakening when navigating airports during the government shutdown, as the absence rate for TSA workers is now on a record pace. According to reports, the absentee rate for TSA employees hit 10 percent of its more than 51,000 officers as of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, compared with 3 percent a year ago.
Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson shares his take on the government shutdown and how it is—and isn’t—impacting meetings and travelers visiting Washington, D.C.
Michelle Milligan, Society of Government Meeting Professionals National President (SGMP), discusses with Meetings Today the impact of the U.S. federal government shutdown on meeting planners and the meetings industry.
What does the government shutdown mean for meetings and events? According to meetings industry veterans, the impact can be severe or not much at all, depending on how long a shutdown lasts, when it happens and who is attending and presenting at meetings.
If indeed the government does shutdown, how will it affect the meetings industry in the near term?