In The News: Obama Meets With Event Industry Leaders, Grammys Move Up a Week

By Michael O'Connell March 13, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

Event and Travel Officials Get Audience With President: A delegation led by the U.S. Travel Association met with President Barack Obama this week to discuss the travel and event industry's role in boosting the economy. At the meeting, attendees pushed for the need to welcome international visitors with the proposed Travel Promotion Act and addressed concerns about the recent decline in meetings and events. [U.S. Travel Association]

Grammys Plan Move: The Recording Academy announced yesterday that next year's Grammy awards will happen a week earlier than usual, falling on January 31. The 2010 broadcast will air on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To accommodate the move, the eligibility window for the awards has moved up an entire month, making any record released after August 31 of this year ineligible for nomination until the 2011 awards. [LAT]

Social Secretary Turns to Events for Inspiration: White House social secretary Desirée Rogers may be preoccupied with her new job planning dinners, meetings, and performances at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but when she has gotten out of Washington in the last two months, she's been on the lookout for new ideas. Rogers recently spoke of her trip to New York Fashion Week and said it introduced her to a musician she's booked to perform at the White House and a foundation she plans to partner with this summer. [NY Mag]

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