from The New York Times
Travel groups and convention planners are among the groups pressing the U.S. to change some of its more onerous visa requirements, arguing the current rules are keeping out many international business travelers while a faster, more efficient process would help American companies compete in the global marketplace. The waiting time to obtain a visa in some countries can be up to 100 days, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and travelers who do not live in or near a city with an American consulate may have to spend hundreds of dollars in travel expenses for mandatory face-to-face interviews. More
Orlando sneak peek
POLITICO's Mike Allen reports on President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Orlando: "He'll unveil a strategy on tourism and travel tied to boosting the economy and his 'We can't wait' agenda of executive actions that don't require congressional approval." More
US travel exports up 13 percent, leading export recovery
U.S. travel exports increased 13 percent in the first 11 months of 2011, according to the latest Commerce Department figures on international trade. "With travel imports totaling $101 billion through November, the travel trade surplus in 2011 has so far increased to $38.4 billion, which is up 33 percent from the $28.8 billion surplus through the first 11 months of 2010," said David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. More
Plans for high-speed rail slowing down
from The Washington Post
Critics began panning the first leg of California's futuristic high-speed rail network as a "train to nowhere" soon after officials decided to build it not in the major population centers of Los Angeles or San Francisco, but through the state's Central Valley farming belt. Since then, things only have gotten worse. More
The evolving nature of today's road warrior
Twenty-first century road warriors are a lot different from frequent fliers of a decade ago. They're constantly connected, more nimble and almost always at the forefront of technology. That technology, though, has thinned their ranks. More
Airline delays down, passenger complaints up in November
from USA Today
Airlines had fewer flight delays and cancellations in November, yet passengers continued to complain to the government about service, the Transportation Department reported recently. Just two airplanes sat on the tarmac for longer than the government allows.
Study: Smartphones to make airport check-in desks obsolete
from Bloomberg Businessweek
Airport check-in desks will become the exception rather than the rule within 10 years as terminals and airlines boost connectivity with smartphones, a study from reservation systems provider Amadeus IT Holding SA suggests. More
Business travel spending increased in 2011
from The Huffington Post
Adding to the continuing stream of modest improvements to the economy, business travel expenditures are up throughout the country, according to The Federal Reserve's Beige Book. More
International Pow Wow 90 percent sold out
from U.S. Travel Association
Exhibit space for International Pow Wow is nearly sold out, and booth locations will be assigned shortly. Those registering now will ensure their booth is located in the desired region and will get higher priority during appointment scheduling, which opens in late February. For more information and to register, visit powwowonline.com. More
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