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Travel, retail groups push for White House immigration provisions
from The Hill
Travel and retail groups are lining up in support of provisions in the White House's immigration proposal that aim to streamline visa processing, boost tourism and bolster the slowly recovering economy. While the United States has made significant strides in past year in lowering wait times for visas, expanding the Visa Waiver Program and speeding up entry for millions of visitors, the groups are pressing for more. Advocates say the immigration bill is the perfect place for the travel provisions that ensure business and leisure travelers from outside the United States are efficiently processed when applying for a visa and entering the country, while also maintaining high security standards.  More
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How investing in infrastructure could reduce our long-term debt
from The Fiscal Times via The Week
Suppose we could enhance our long-run growth prospects, reduce our long-term unemployment problem and reduce our expected future debt at the same time. Would that be a policy worth pursuing? Infrastructure spending in an economy such as ours, one with high and persistent unemployment and considerable infrastructure needs, has these features. It puts people to work on projects that promote economic growth — economic growth is one of the best ways to reduce the long-run debt burden — and money spent on infrastructure maintenance and repair saves us money in the long run.  More
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Take the WB Studio Tour

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an intimate experience that offers a rare glimpse at real Hollywood at work while bringing guests within inches of the action for a bird’s eye view of actual TV and film projects in the making. Find out more at www.wbtour.com

Brand USA partners with ESPN to showcase sports and tourism
from M&M Global
Brand USA, the tourism marketing body for the U.S., has reached a pan-regional, multiplatform partnership with ESPN, as part of its wider "Land of Dreams" global campaign. With the partnership Brand USA aims to boost international visits to the U.S. by showcasing the best that American sport and recreation have to offer, inviting visitors to "Discover this land, like never before." The tie-up will see Brand USA and ESPN deliver both advertising and special interest content to sports fans across the U.K. and Europe via their respective proprietary websites, DiscoverAmercia.com and ESPNAmerica.com.  More
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It's better at the beach!

The Daytona Beach area has plenty to offer! With family-style recreation, attractions and entertainment including 23 miles of sparkling beach, it’s your must see destination!

As rental car rates rise, travelers take taxis
from USA Today
Colby Reeves Jr. was used to renting a car to get around town on his frequent business trips. Now, Reeves says, high rental rates increasingly are forcing him to bypass the rental car counter and head for the nearest subway stop or taxi stand. Rental car rates vary from city to city, or by the day of the week. They can soar because of a convention or plummet because of a storm. But rates generally have been on the rise this year compared with 2012, and some frequent business travelers say costlier rentals are leading them to seek other ways to get to a meeting or hotel.  More
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After Hurricane Sandy: How hard-hit destinations win group business
from Meetings and Conventions
Four months after Hurricane Sandy struck, much of the New York and New Jersey coastline remains devastated. Damage from the storm is still being assessed, but officials estimate the toll for the Garden State alone will be just shy of $37 billion, while New York's tab is expected to reach about $32 billion. At press time — and after much drama — Congress finally approved a $50.5 billion aid package for relief and recovery efforts. In the meantime, a number of communities and organizations have been working to restart the local economies and restore the public image of hard-hit towns, attractions and event facilities.  More
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Pullman Rail Journeys Glamorous Debut
Pullman Rail Journeys restores the splendor of rail travel in November 2012 with the launch of Chicago – New Orleans service aboard authentically restored Pullman sleeping, dining and lounge cars from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Passenger pampering is paramount, delivered by exceptionally trained Pullman Conductors, Porters and Waiters.

America's maritime infrastructure crying out for dollars
from The Economist
The Industrial Canal Lock in New Orleans connects two of America's highest-tonnage waterways: the Mississippi River — which handles more than 6,000 ocean vessels, 150,000 barges and 500 million tons of cargo each year, as well as much of its grain, corn and soybean production — and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which runs from refinery-rich southeastern Texas to Florida. Ships pass from one to the other via a lock that was built in 1921 and is 600 usable feet long, or half the length of a modern lock. Its replacement was authorized in 1956. Construction on the replacement was authorized in 1998 and then stalled by lawsuits. The most optimistic predictions of the Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains America's inland waterways, see the new lock being completed in 2030.  More
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Another Golden Day in Paradise

Full Service Beach Front Resort Located Directly on the Gulf of Mexico Meeting and Banquet Facilities. No Resort Fees – Complimentary Wi-Fi Parasailing and Dolphin Watch Trips

Study: Hotel loyalty programs not a priority for travelers
from Los Angeles Times
Only 1 in 4 travelers spent more than 75 percent of their nights at their preferred hotel brand, and 65 percent of frequent travelers reported staying in two or more hotel brands in the past six months, according to a survey of about 4,000 travelers by Deloitte & Touche about how they book hotels and what guides their decisions. What are more important factors to travelers? Room rate ranked as very important to 47 percent of the travelers, with free parking, comfort and location also ranking high.  More
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Where tourist arrivals grew in 2012 — and what to expect in 2013
from International Business Times
he United Nations World Tourism Organization, or Unwto, issued its latest World Tourism Barometer in January, looking at which regions saw the greatest growth in 2012 and what the industry can expect for 2013 and beyond. According to Unwto figures, global international tourist arrivals grew by 4 percent (or roughly 39 million travelers) in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, a new milestone in human travel. Emerging economies led the way with 4.1 percent growth, compared with 3.6 percent in advanced economies. Unwto expects similar growth in 2013, with numbers only forecast between 3 and 4 percent for the year, slightly below those of 2012.  More
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Strategies: Travel niches open for entrepreneurs
from USA Today
If you want to start your own small business and have a desire to see the world, consider the many opportunities for entrepreneurs in the travel industry. If you think the Internet destroyed all small travel agencies and travel-related small businesses, well, think again. The Internet hasn't killed the industry; it has merely changed it.  More
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Tastiest Town of the South

Cajun creations by homegrown chefs paired with Zydeco music. Lafayette’s menus and venues are calling.

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