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Report: Travel industry's job recovery outpacing rest of U.S.
from Travel Weekly
The travel and hospitality industry has recovered 99 percent of the jobs it lost during the recession of 2008-09, while the U.S. economy as a whole has seen the return of only 86 percent of all jobs.
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Nassetta's 5-point plan to boost U.S. arrivals
from Hotel News Now
With such long lines, unnecessary expenses and mind-numbing bureaucracy facing inbound travelers, it's no wonder the United States is falling among the ranks of top destinations in the world.
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Did you know that traveling has anti-aging effects?
from Dubai Chronicle
We all know the effects of vacations on our mood — how great it is to get a break from work, life in the city and everyday obligations. But new research suggests that traveling may even have long-term positive effects on health. It turns out travel is the best anti-aging remedy, because it keeps our brains and bodies healthier and in better shape as we get older.
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As Chinese New Year nears, U.S. cities vie for tourism dollars
from Fox News
The Chinese New Year celebration begins in less than a week, but several U.S. cities have been spending months — even years — luring China's nouveau riche to America for the seven-day celebration.
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Hotels adapt business centers for today's traveler
from USA Today
Jeff Pearce rarely takes advantage of the hotel business center when he travels for work. When he does, it's usually to print out a boarding pass. Yet the Fayetteville, Ga., resident, who owns a water and wastewater service company, wouldn't want to stay somewhere that didn't have a business center.
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Metro shelves direct rail line to LAX
from Los Angeles Times
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks.
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Getting serious about meetings at sea
from Travel Weekly
A new campaign has launched to drum up more travel linked to business meetings, and the cruise industry is seeking its share. CLIA has signed on with Meetings Mean Business, a coalition of groups and companies that benefit from business gatherings.
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U.S. Customs passenger facility opens in UAE
from The Washington Post
Passengers traveling from the United Arab Emirates to the United States will avoid long U.S. Customs lines now that a new preclearance facility has opened in Abu Dhabi's airport, officials said recently, although the development has drawn criticism from U.S. pilots and members of Congress.
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Brand USA confirms routes for second Megafam in partnership with British Airways and American Airlines
from Travel and Tour World
Brand USA, together with British Airways and American Airlines, has confirmed the destinations and routes for the second annual Megafam, a multi-destination familiarization tour for international travel agents. Taking place from 15–22 May, the familiarization trip is now sealed as an annual event in the Brand USA calendar for U.K.- and Ireland-based agents.
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Federal travel cuts part of $1.1 trillion U.S. Omnibus Bill
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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A new idea for faster boarding: By carry-on bag
Los Angeles Times
Looking to save money and time, the airline industry has for years tried to come up with the fastest way to seat passengers. Some airlines board from the back of the plane to the front.

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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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A bright idea: City aims to light up architecture to boost tourism
from Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago would be turned into a Midwest version of Paris — La Ville Lumiere, the City of Light — under a mayoral plan showcased recently to boost tourism by spotlighting the city's architectural wonders.
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Destination Capitol Hill — Register Today!
from U.S. Travel Association
At Destination Capitol Hill, travel professionals meet with Members of Congress to discuss issues that impact the industry. Register to attend travel's premier legislative fly-in, February 26-27, in Washington, D.C. To prepare for legislative meetings, take advantage of our training webinars. The first will occur Tuesday, February 21–register today!
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