The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a coalition of nine professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of the face-to-face business events industry co-led by the CEOs of SISO and IAEE, recently announced its 2023 Legislative Action Day.
Legislative Action Day will take place in-person in Washington, DC on June 1st, and will bring together event industry advocates and leaders for policy discussions with members of Congress. The events industry has long lacked an organized advocacy group, and ECA, which was founded in early 2021, is a great step in the right direction.
“After four long years, I can’t wait to finally welcome the industry back to Washington, D.C. for ECA Legislative Action Day,” said Vinnie Polito, ECA Co-President. “Nothing beats meeting face-to-face, and that goes for advocacy, too. That’s why it is so important for us to be in Washington, D.C. on June 1 to meet with our elected officials about the policy issues that matter.”
Event industry representatives will be discussing, among other things, its federal policy priorities for 2023, which it released earlier this month. The main priorities identified are: Ensuring a favorable operating environment for the industry going forward; fully welcoming international exhibitors and attendees back to the U.S.; supporting industry efforts to address sustainability and climate change; and promoting government involvement in developing the industry’s future workforce.
This year’s ECA Legislative Action Day is being held in conjunction with the Lippman Connects Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), which will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Lippman Connects is also one of the platinum sponsors of the 2023 Legislative Action Day.
“It is imperative for our industry to be heard on Capitol Hill, and ECEF pledges to do all it can to support ECA in this all-important initiative,” said Sam Lippman, President of Lippman Connects and producer of ECEF.
ECA will be sharing further details and logistical information on Legislative Action Day in the coming months and encourages industry leaders to plan to be in DC on June 1 in the meantime.