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U.S. Travel launches meetings awareness campaign
from Meetings and Conventions
The U.S. Travel Association recently announced a campaign to build awareness of the meetings, incentive travel and event industry with federal lawmakers. The campaign aims to inform Congressional members and staff — particularly those from the top 12 states for meetings and events — of the importance of meetings and incentive travel in their states or districts. It also is intended to help prevent negative rhetoric on the value of large meetings and conventions. More
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Tourism priming to be economic force for Washington state
from Business Examiner
In the wake of President Barack Obama announcing a national strategy for building travel and tourism throughout the United States, it appears that — despite the closure of Washington's tourism office — the state is on board to join the effort. More
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U.S. Travel commends permanent global entry program
from Meetings Focus
A final rule to make the Global Entry Program permanent has been implemented, according to the U.S. Travel Association. A program within the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Global Entry allows for expedited clearance for preapproved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. More
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Congress passes FAA bill that speeds switch to GPS
from The Associated Press via The Oklahoman
A bill to speed the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology and to open U.S. skies to unmanned drone flights within four years has received final congressional approval. The bill passed the Senate 75-20, and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. More
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China bars its airlines from paying EU carbon tax
from The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
China recently announced it will prohibit its airlines from paying European Union charges on carbon emissions, ratcheting up a global dispute over the cost of combating climate change. The fees are aimed at curbing emissions of climate-changing gases, but governments including China, the United States and Russia oppose them. The ratings agency Fitch warned in December the conflict could spiral into a global trade dispute. More
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Tourism taxes bring enough money to keep project on budget
from The Tennessean
After more than a year of tourist traffic that surpassed expectations, Nashville, Tenn., officials will reserve $15 million of excess tax revenues so they can cover land acquisition costs for the Music City Center project if the city loses its appeal of a costly court ruling. More
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Hotels reach out to niche markets
from USA Today
When employees at the Residence Inn Chicago Deerfield started noticing an increase in clients from India, they decided they needed to do something to accommodate them. They put together welcome kits with calling cards so guests could check in with family back home. They organized special events. The result: a $304,000 annual profit and about a 10 percent increase in revenue per available room, a key benchmark for hotels. More
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Talk of 'tornado tourism' stirs anger
from The Associated Press via Fox News
Eight months after a tornado laid waste to much of the city, Joplin, Mo., is wrestling with an emotional question: Should the community market its devastated neighborhoods to tourists? When the convention and visitors bureau recently discussed offering guided bus tours and even a smartphone app, storm victims bristled, imagining their shattered homes could be put on display for legions of curious sightseers. More
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