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New Meetings Industry Emerges After a Boom and Bust
from The New York Times
Much of the fun of the major travel industry trade shows -- along with a significant amount of business travel spending on events -- ended in the fall of 2008. Now, as business travel slowly comes back, the meetings part of it is struggling to regain its footing. In the process, it is being redefined. One, events are being planned with a far greater emphasis on cost control. And two, at least for some events, companies are increasingly relying on sophisticated technology to eliminate physical events and instead hold virtual meetings that do not require travel. More
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Social Networking Behaviors of Leisure Travelers

Learn what social networking sites leisure travelers in the US are using for travel and how they share information following their trips. National representative study of 1,000 leisure travelers includes data on trip planning behavior, the process of choosing a destination, hotel brand usage, leisure activities, business travel, and more. Report available for purchase. Contact Laura Mandala: or 703.798.5452.

All-New TravelCom Provides
"Actionable Strategies for Tomorrow"

from the U.S. Travel Association
TravelCom 2010, the premier innovative travel and tourism show, will take your company to the next level with “Actionable Strategies for Tomorrow.” As the digital age continues to grow, expand and become more and more diverse, TravelCom is the only place to keep up with the latest trends in this fast-paced, ever-changing, global environment. Join the biggest leaders in the industry March 9-11 in Dallas, Texas, for action-packed days of conversation, dialogue and debate. Register now.
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Airport-security Plan Calls for 500 Body Scanners in 2011
from USA Today
Body scanners that look under airline passengers' clothing for hidden weapons could be in nearly half the nation's airport checkpoints by late 2011, according to an Obama administration plan announced Monday. The $215 million proposal to acquire 500 scanners next year, combined with the 450 to be bought this year, marks the largest addition of airport-security equipment since immediately after the 9/11 attacks. More
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Napolitano Sees Chance to Set Global Standards
in Airline Security

from CNN
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday there is a "renewed sense of urgency in the international community" about terrorism after the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a U.S.-bound plane, and the U.S. should now push for global security standards for international airports and aircraft. More
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Airline Industry Will Take Three Years to Recover, IATA Says
from Bloomberg
The global airline industry will take at least three years to recover from a travel slump caused by the worst recession in six decades, said Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association. The airline industry globally lost $50 billion in the past 10 years, including $11 billion in 2009 alone. Revenues declined by $80 billion last year, Bisignani said. More
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Can High-Speed Rail Succeed in America?
from TIME Magazine
There was one part of Obama's State of the Union speech last week that no green could fault: Obama's call for the creation of a high-speed rail system as a way to generate green jobs, enhance economic productivity and reduce carbon emissions. On Jan. 28, the White House announced the awarding of $8 billion in stimulus funding to kick-start high-speed-rail projects and improve service in 13 corridors across the country. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Tampa, Fla., to announce the projects, which include the construction of an 84-mile high-speed track from Tampa to Orlando. More
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Las Vegas Bets the Future on a
Game-changing New Hotel Complex

from The Washington Post
Las Vegas tourism officials and MGM Mirage executives who spent five years planning and building the sprawling, 67-acre complex of hotels, restaurants, shops and nightclubs known as CityCenter are hoping it will pull the city out of its foreclosure funk. They're so optimistic -- they are gamblers, after all -- that they're predicting that CityCenter, which officially opened Dec. 16, will provide a tourism boost of anywhere from 2 to 5 percent this year. More
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More than 700 Suppliers Registered
For International Pow Wow

from the U.S. Travel Association
There are over 700 U.S. supplier organizations that have registered for International Pow Wow, May 15-19, in Orlando, Florida. During the event, U.S. suppliers conduct business in up to 44 pre-scheduled appointments with international buyers from more than 70 countries. There is still time to become an exhibitor and take advantage of the scheduling process that will open in a month. Learn more at
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