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Meetings coming back, but must prove value
and embrace hybrid model

from BizBash
Meeting and event planners will see an improved business environment with new opportunities in 2011, said a panel of industry leaders at the Professional Convention Management Association conference in Las Vegas, which wrapped up last week. But planners face new challenges in getting the word out about the quantifiable value of attending meetings. More
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Generation Y panelists say technology won't upend convention business
from Las Vegas Sun
Will technology-fueled Generation Y turn the convention and meetings industry on its ear and back away from the traditional gatherings that help drive the Las Vegas economy? If the views of a panel of students attending this week's Professional Convention Management Association conference at the MGM Grand are an indication, the next generation of meeting planners will embrace technology — but it won't replace face-to-face meetings. More
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Airlines' hopes uplifted for 2011
from The Dallas Morning News
In 2008, soaring fuel prices quickly destroyed a promising year for airlines. In 2009, a crashing economy wiped out the benefit of falling fuel prices. As airlines enter 2011, the industry has to wonder if it'll get more of 2010 — a good year — or a return to the bad old days of the recent past. The year just ended turned out to be profitable for most airlines and the industry as a whole. The International Air Transport Association estimated in December that carriers worldwide earned $15.1 billion in 2010, with $5.1 billion in net profit for North American carriers. More
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US airports may soon test body scanner with privacy upgrades
from Bloomberg Businessweek
U.S. airport full-body scanners that show a generic figure rather than actual images of passenger body parts may be deployed to some airports for tests this year, the transportation security chief said. More
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2010 a strong year for global tourism, U.N. agency says
from CNN Travel
Global tourism "recovered strongly" in 2010, spurred by emerging economies in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, for an overall increase of 6.7 percent, to 935 million international tourist arrivals, the U.N. World Tourism Organization. All regions had increased tourist arrivals in 2010 after the 4 percent global decline in tourism in 2009, but Europe and Africa grew more slowly, the Madrid-based UNWTO said in a statement. More
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Chinese visitors want more trade
from The Houston Chronicle
A Chinese delegation in Houston pushed for more trade between Texas and China and urged the U.S. to make it simpler for members of such economic missions to get travel visas. About 130 Chinese diplomats and entrepreneurs visited the city in advance of Chinese President Hu Jintao's meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington today. But some who had hoped to join the delegation didn't receive visas in time. More
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Coming to America: US cities attract more global tourists
from DailyFinance
Travelers from far-flung nations flocked to the U.S. last year, particularly to popular destinations like New York City. Overall in 2010, New York attracted a record-breaking 48.7 million visitors, who spent a collective $31 billion. Of those, only 9.7 million - about 20 percent - hailed from abroad, but those foreign visitors accounted for $15.5 billion, or half, of the spending. More
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Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others
from The Times-Picayune
The city of New Orleans and neighboring parishes are experiencing an economic boom in the wake of last spring's Gulf oil spill. Hotel occupancy and sales tax revenues are way up in the New Orleans area, and local leaders have been placed in the awkward position of acknowledging that they have BP to thank for increasing tourism profits. More
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