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  •  Have to agree with diarist. (4+ / 0-)

    I think it was the optics of Luxury on Our Dime that created the AIG "junket scandal," and there are times when it is just an excuse for high paid executives to get more perks.

    But reflexively condemning both travel and meetings is highly short-sighted.

    Destination meetings are valuable in many ways.

    *It shakes people out of their ruts and creates valuable new ideas and approaches.

    *It's a way for a company to reward good workers, and back up their commitment to innovation and worker input.

    *It's an invaluable economic driver.

    Skeptics might not realize it, but there a real domino effect that takes place with travel and accommodations. Lack of business drives up prices; from plane fare to hotel rooms to restaurant meals.

    It threatens jobs in many places where there aren't a lot of alternatives. Those lovely locations often have environmental or geographic restrictions on industry, so that if workers are laid off, there isn't anywhere else to go.

    One commenter here mentioned that the money would be better spent on lower level employees wages. Maybe so; but then they still can't go on vacation if prices have gone up and hotels have gone under.

    Good luck to you, friend.

    WereBear
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    by WereBear on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 12:10:47 PM PDT

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