CEA's Shapiro on International Guests
The result of these policies is that the United States loses out to Europe competitively. European companies pay less to reach buyers. The European economy benefits from the money spent by international visitors. The American economy and American companies lose as international visitors feel unwelcome in America.
Consider also how German political leaders support a German event that CES directly competes with for buyers, exhibitors and attention. Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders do everything possible to support the event -- including attending the event itself. In August, I attended the German event and spoke to Chancellor Merkel about her support of major events. She recognized how important they are to the German economy and to facilitating German business.
Contrast that to how American political leaders approach world-class events. For the most part, they simply don't go near them. First, the American ethics laws have become so absurd that many leaders that do attend are barred from eating meals or staying more than a day. Can you imagine how difficult it is to host leaders, including political leaders from other countries, when our own political leaders are effectively barred from attending our events? And our leaders also suffer from not gaining firsthand knowledge of the dynamic technology industry on display.