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Support grows for tiered risk system at airports
from New York Times
One reason airport security measures frustrate travelers is that screening procedures tend to treat all passengers the same: as potential terrorists. But in the wake of the furor last fall over pat-downs and body scanners, several industry organizations are working on proposals to overhaul security checkpoints to provide more or less scrutiny based on the risk profile of each traveler. More
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Just Released: The African American Traveler Report

First study to segment African American Travelers, looking at Family Reunions, Seekers of black history and culture, and Business travelers who combine leisure on their trips.

Media usage, technology, and trip planning and booking behaviors are some of the areas covered in this report.

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Tourism trade gathering timed just right for San Francisco
from San Francisco Business Times
San Francisco Pow Wow will pack a punch. The industry trade show that sells America to international tour operators and press will be held at Moscone Center on May 21 to 25. The United States Travel Association said that International Pow Wow registrations are 40 percent ahead of where they were at this time last year, when Pow Wow was held in Orlando, Fla. Pow Wow in San Francisco could be the first International Pow Wow to sell out in a few years. More
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US travel and tourism spending highest since 2004
from Travel News Gazette
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that real U.S. travel and tourism output (adjusted for changes in price) increased at an annual rate of 8 percent during the third quarter of 2010, marking the largest quarterly increase in U.S. travel and tourism spending since the first quarter of 2004. More
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Senate Democrats launch new effort for FAA reauthorization
from Travel Weekly
With support from the travel industry, Senate Democrats recently relaunched their efforts to pass an FAA re-authorization bill to set funding and policy goals for the government's aviation and air travel programs, calling it "the first jobs bill of the 112th Congress." More
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TSA tests more modest scanning system
from The Associated Press via The Tampa Tribune
Federal aviation officials are giving airport scanners another try. This time, they're not looking as closely under travelers' clothes. The Transportation Security Administration has begun testing a new, more modest body scanning system at three airports. More
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Car rental agencies and cities get ready to go head-to-head over taxes again
from Washington Post
You might recall the opening salvo two years ago, when then — Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. — introduced the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act of 2009. The law, backed by car rental companies, would have limited the excise taxes that a municipality could levy on the agencies' vehicles. Cities fought the measure, saying that it would limit their ability to raise money and that it represented an unwanted federal intrusion. What's that? You don't remember any of it? Well, here's something you probably can remember: your last car rental bill. More
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Congressman Farr joined by Rep. Bonner
as Co-Chair of House Travel & Tourism Caucus

from eGlobal Travel News
Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel,Calif., will be joined by Congressman Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, Ala., as Co-Chair of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus for the 112th Congress. The Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus' mission is to support and develop national policy that promotes domestic and international travel to the United States. More
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The 25 most influential executives
of the business travel industry of 2010

from Business Travel News
The 25 Most Influential Executives of 2010 is Business Travel News' 26th consecutive annual effort to identify the executives who most directly drove those changes, who forced the industry to take notice of and react to their decisions. The list of those executives is not a ranking; Business Travel News is not measuring their relative influence against one another. An appearance on this list is not necessarily an honor; influence, after all, can be perceived positively or negatively, and this list over the years has hosted its share of disruptions alongside its visionaries and innovators. More
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Why airline fees are good for travelers
from CNN
There's no doubt airline fees are one of the universe's most complained-about topics. Just say the word "fee," and you'll see the same look of disgust you'd see if you told anyone older than 20 that you like Justin Bieber. More
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