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With Women as Key Planners, Events at Trump Venues Are Down

A consultant noted that "planners and buyers are going to vote with their dollars."

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    With Women as Key Planners, Events at Trump Venues Are Down
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    Members of the Trump campaign staff prepare the stage for a press conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club's Donald A. Trump Ballroom March 15, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida.

    There is growing evidence that Donald Trump's mud-slinging is tarnishing his gold-plated name, and industry observers say the Republican presidential nominee risks doing permanent damage to his brand.

    "There are certainly groups and event planners shying away [from Trump-related venues] just because they don't want to offend anybody," said David Loeb, managing director and senior real estate research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

    Already, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is considering relocating an annual fundraiser held at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, NBC News reported. In addition, the PGA announced this summer that it was moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from the Trump National Doral in Florida to Mexico City next year.

    "The majority of the meeting planning community is female, and when you have a candidate who's been very polarizing… it just kind of makes sense that might impact their decision-making," said Kevin Iwamoto, a senior consultant at GoldSpring Consulting. "Planners and buyers are going to vote with their dollars."