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Travel employment ends 2011 on high note
from Successful Meetings
The U.S. labor market received good news in January: Nonfarm payroll employment added 200,000 jobs in December, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which announced the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly three years. Job growth was especially strong in the travel industry, the U.S. Travel Association pointed out. "December was a good month for the travel industry," said David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. More
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Is TSA looking for the wrong thing?
from The Huffington Post
Sometimes, the TSA can be its own worst enemy. Consider what it said about itself recently, while other federal agencies were touting their 2011 accomplishments. TSA came out with a lighthearted list of the top 10 good catches of 2011 (sample: "Snakes, turtles and birds were found at Miami and Los Angeles. I'm just happy there weren't any lions, tigers and bears.") What's the problem with that? More
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Homeland security experts' views: What to cut, where to spend
from CQ Homeland Security
With a new year beginning, CQ has asked dozens of homeland security experts in the public, private and academic sectors to weigh in on the lessons of 2011 and what 2012 holds in store. In this second installment of a three-part series, respondents answered the question, "In a tight budget environment, what homeland-related activities should Congress look at cutting in the coming year? What must be preserved or see increased funding?" More
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TSA to speed screening for JFK fliers who share extra details
from New York Daily News
A new program that speeds screening in exchange for forking over extra personal data will arrive at New York's Kennedy Airport in early 2012, the TSA said. Passengers participating in the program will have special bar codes on their boarding passes, saving added time at security checkpoints. Called PreCheck, the Transportation Security Administration program remains in its pilot phase and is limited to frequent fliers on American, United and Delta. More
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The knife in the carry-on
from The New York Times
For most business travelers, the post-Sept. 11 restrictions on carrying sharp objects onto planes are minor inconveniences. But for those who work in an industry focused on sharp or dangerous objects, business trips can be prone to problems without proper planning. More
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Experts predict higher airfares in 2012
from Sun Sentinel via Kentucky.com
Airlines were walloped by rising oil prices in 2011, and passengers were forced to fork out more for airfares. Experts say 2012 could hold much of the same. "We're going to see higher airfares," said Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel, a website for travelers. But how much higher is a matter of debate. More
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The legacy of Mike Cerletti, New Mexico tourism secretary
from Las Cruces Sun-News
Does anyone remember New Mexico's "Best Place in the Universe" advertising campaign? It started in 2007. It was the right campaign at the right time, although not everyone agreed. State Secretary of Tourism Mike Cerletti spoke to the Advertising Federation about that campaign, showing why he was loved and respected. He was smart, opinionated, articulate and — most important — prepared. Cerletti died Jan. 2, leaving behind a legacy of tourism promotion. More
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2012 travel predictions: Doom and gloom may boost tourism
from USA Today
Two high-profile disasters will be making travel headlines in 2012: the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15 and the end of the world on Dec. 21 (according to some interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, anyway). More
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Political tourists inflate crowds coming to see candidates
from USA Today
When former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum arrived at the Lawrence Barn Community Center in Hollis, N.H., recently, he marveled at the hundreds of people who came to the rural area to hear him speak. Unfortunately for him, fewer than half of those who attended could vote for him in the state's primary, even if they wanted to. Every four years, residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and other states come in droves to gymnasiums, restaurants and barns in New Hampshire to bask in the attention presidential contenders give voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state. More
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