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Tourism Industry Sees a Friend in Obama
from the Orlando Sentinel
The swearing-in Tuesday of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president will inspire hope and change across the country. And the sentiment won't be any less palpable among the big players in the tourism lobby. More

How Obama Can Fix Travel
from MSNBC
MSNBC Travel Contributor Rob Lovitt provides a travel industry wish list for the new president. Among his requests is to improve the FAA, extend rights for air travelers, reinvigorate rail service and promote inbound tourism. More

America: What in the World Does It Want to Be?
from the Washington Post
When 21st-century Americans contemplate their place on the planet, they confront a complex history of isolationism and engagement, a deep instinct to live and let live that coexists with an equally fervent desire to be a robust beacon of freedom - sometimes by any means necessary. That means that, while a presidential transition offers many limbos, none is quite so stark as the expected change in the approach, method and technique of foreign policy that will come with the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. More

Florida Tourism Officials Face Budget Cuts
from the Northwest Florida Daily News
Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency could be in jeopardy. A $2.3 billion deficit elimination plan passed by the legislature in special session would include a $9.9 million cut for the program if signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. More

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Behind the Wheel, Travel Sans the Glamour
from The New York Times
You see them sitting with their coffee, pecking at laptops and BlackBerrys at interstate rest stops — business travelers who are literally on the road. They’re not driving in response to the indignities and costs of air travel. They’ve always been out there. More

Fliers Opt for More Room with Premium Economy
from USA Today
In an effort to increase revenues, many airlines are adding premium-economy seats. Economy passengers will pay more for the extra leg room while first-class and business-class passengers are looking to save money by downgrading. More

Positive Projections for 2009 US Cruise Market
from eTravel Blackboard
Despite the downturn in the global travel industry, the cruise sector in the United States seems hopeful. After an increase in passenger numbers from 2007 to 2008, another 2.3 per cent increase is predicted in 2009 when compared to 2008. More

Americans Still Making an Effort to Travel
from the Courier-Post
In a survey by and, participants ranked travel second only to dining out as the leisure activity they are trying to afford. Although a majority said they will lower their travel expenses, they're more likely to cut back on other areas first, such as cars, clothes, electronics and gadgets. More

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