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As 2013 comes to a close, the U.S. Travel Association wishes its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide our readers a look at the most accessed articles from this year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8.

New York makes 'unprecedented' $60 million investment in tourism
from Skift via Bullet News Niagara From May 16
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State. The governor's announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany, N.Y., to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state.
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At theme parks, a VIP ticket to ride
from The New York Times on June 9
Theme parks have traditionally been the ultimate melting pots. Tourists, retirees, rowdy teenagers, families and fathers who would rather be golfing are all thrown together in an egalitarian experience in which the line for one is the line for all, and cotton candy is the food of the masses.
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Randy Garfield and Mike Gallagher to be inducted into U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders
from Association News on July 1
Randy Garfield and Mike Gallagher have been selected as the 2013 inductees into the U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders. Garfield and Gallagher will be inducted during the U.S. Travel fall board meeting, November 21–22 at the Fairmont Washington, D.C.
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Top 5 trends to look for in travel this year
from USA Today on Jan. 8
There are few certainties when it comes to travel. But in this new year, travelers can count on one thing: They'll have to spend more money if they want to fly. Airlines had a profitable 2012. And industry analysts say they'll probably have an even better 2013 if they keep raising fares, charging more fees and cutting back on the number of flights. That may push some travelers to their cars. If it does, they won't see record high gasoline prices at the pump for the first time in two years.
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U.S. avoids fiscal cliff: The impact on travel
from Successful Meetings on Jan. 7
On New Year's Day, U.S. lawmakers narrowly avoided going over the so-called fiscal cliff when they passed, at the last minute, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The legislation avoids a nightmare scenario resulting from the simultaneous expiration of several laws on January 1, 2013, the result of which would have been simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts with the power to create a second recession.
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Brand USA partners with ESPN to showcase sports and tourism
from M&M Global on Feb. 4
Brand USA, the tourism marketing body for the U.S., has reached a pan-regional, multiplatform partnership with ESPN, as part of its wider "Land of Dreams" global campaign. With the partnership, Brand USA aims to boost international visits to the U.S. by showcasing the best that American sport and recreation have to offer, inviting visitors to "Discover this land, like never before."
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New normal: 4 hours to get through airport customs
from MarketWatch on Sept. 20
A report released by the U.S. Travel Association finds that peak wait times to go through customs and border patrol at some major airports hit nearly five hours this year. Miami International, New York's John F. Kennedy and Chicago's O'Hare had some of the worst wait times. "It's like having one cashier at Costco during the holidays," says Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
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Foreign tourists' spending in U.S. rises to new record
from Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10-percent increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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PreCheck meets its goal, and prepares to expand
The New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration says it has met its goal of having 25 percent of air travelers using the speedy PreCheck security lanes by the end of this year.

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You really need to take time off
The Kansas City Star
The human resource department wants you to take time off. Really. You may have trouble believing that, but a recent poll by the Society for Human Resource Management found strong support for vacations from personnel managers.

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What millennials can teach us about traveling well
Condé Nast Traveler
They haven't been traveling long, but it may be that Millennials, those precocious darlings of demographers born in the mid-'80s, are the world's most accomplished travelers.

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Travel and tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy
from International Business Times on June 25
The travel and tourism sector grew at an annualized rate of 6.8 percent in the first three months of 2013. In the same period, the U.S. economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.4 percent, according to a just-released report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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Travel Weekly preview: Looking ahead to 2013
from Travel Weekly on Dec. 31
The travel industry is poised for a good year in 2013. The industry's engines aren't firing perfectly on all cylinders just yet, but they are purring well enough to meet demand, maybe exceed expectations and make a profit. Unfortunately, the major players can only go so far to make it happen. But if 2013 turns out to be a bummer for travel, it very likely won't be the industry's fault, because travel companies have spent the better part of the recession taking care of business.
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