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Travel that keeps the heart and brain healthy
from MarketWatch
Travel tops many people's retirement goals, and it's a given that staying healthy prolongs our ability to take active vacations. Yet research suggests that the reverse holds true as well: Travel can actually keep our brains and bodies healthier as we get older.
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The data that every meeting professional needs to know
from PCMA
Remember the "Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S." report issued in 2010 to defend the value of the industry to lawmakers who were questioning federal conference spending? Well, it's getting an update, and the numbers look much better.
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To attract foreign tourists, Brand USA turns to ... Rosanne Cash
from NPR
VideoBriefThe U.S. has been stepping up efforts to encourage international tourism, which represents about 3 percent of the country's gross domestic product. The country's reputation abroad has suffered due to revelations about spying by the National Security Agency.
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    Gov. Scott seeks record $100 million to promote Florida tourism (WFOR-TV)
Brand USA launches multi-million dollar marketing deal with Thomas Cook (Skift)
Meetings, events industry collaborates on launch of 'Meetings Mean Business' campaign (Trade Show News Network)
Travel and hospitality continue to be leaders in job creation (Travel Weekly)

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Federal travel cuts part of $1.1 trillion U.S. Omnibus Bill
from Meetings Net
The $1.1 trillion bill to finance the U.S. government through September 30 that President Barack Obama signed on January 17 allows lawmakers to focus on the next potential fiscal showdown — to raise the federal debt ceiling — but it also codified the restrictions for federal employee conference travel that have been in effect for some time.
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Gary Locke by-the-numbers tour as ambassador to China is nearing an end
from The Washington Post
The numbers are never far from Gary Locke's mind. Average wait time for a visa. Trade figures. Tallies of Chinese investment in the United States. These have been Locke's obsessions during his tenure as the U.S. ambassador to China.
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Design of Louis Armstrong Airport's proposed new, modern terminal unveiled
from The Times-Picayune
Sweeping walls of glass that evoke the slaloming curves of a giant luge track dominate the drawings of a brand new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport, unveiled with great pomp recently by a coterie of public officials.
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Marriage equality creates new hotel market
from Hotel News Now
As more jurisdictions legalize same-sex marriages, hotels that host destination weddings and attract honeymooners should see increases in business. However, to realize these additional revenues, hotel operators need to meet the needs and expectations of this market segment, sources said.
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Airlines, consumers argue in-flight cell phones
from International Meetings Review
The recent possibility of lifting the ban on in-flight cell phone calls has sparked a backlash among airlines and consumers. The story began back in October, when the Federal Aviation Administration ruled that airlines could safely expand passengers' use of portable electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, during all phases of the flight, including takeoff and landing.
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Travel and tourism: Propelling our economic recovery
Deseret News
One key industry in the United States employs one of every 18 people in the country. This year alone, its exports have grown at a rate nearly five times faster than average U.S. exports.

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The U.S. needs tourists. Why make visiting so hard?
Bloomberg Businessweek
As many Americans living or traveling overseas returned home for the holidays in the past couple of weeks, a lot of them spent time stuck in long lines to clear immigration and customs, staring at warnings about the symptoms of measles and Middle East respiratory syndrome.

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Travel is the best medicine, study finds
Los Angeles Times
Traveling keeps you young. Or at least healthier. That's the finding of a new study linking travel to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even the promotion of brain health.

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Transportation secretary is upbeat about infrastructure
from The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Americans spend a total of 600,000 years stuck in traffic every year. The nation has about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare. And a recent global ranking put the U.S. infrastructure in 25th place, just behind Barbados.
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IPW appointment scheduling opens
from U.S. Travel Association
Online appointment scheduling for IPW Chicago, April 5-9, opens on Tuesday, January 21. Register now to maximize your investment in the travel industry's premier international marketplace. Registration closes on February 19 — don't miss out!
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