American Thinker has the scoop via a WSJ article. Orlando is #2 on the chopping block. Both cities are apparently too lavish, too resort-y, too fun. Gotta think about perceptions, dontcha know.
Unfortunately for Nevada, we are largely a travel-dependent state. We have thousands of hotel rooms and millions of square feet of hotel and conference space built for the express purpose of enticing people here. (And for that reason, we often have some of the best travel deals.)
Someone ought to research the cost of conference bookings in other cities and see if they turned out to be more or less expensive than holding a comparable conference in Las Vegas. In other words, are the feds spending more money than needed just to avoid the “stigma” of coming to Las Vegas?
And how about discouraging federal agencies from booking conferences altogether, anywhere? In this day and age, why can’t our federal employees do a little more tele-conferencing, web-casting, Skyping, emailing, and so on, to get the job done?
Sometimes it’s necessary, or at least highly beneficial, to bring everyone together in a room “live.” Sometimes it’s not.