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US draws fewer overseas visitors than in 2000
from Reuters via MSNBC
Despite a boom in international travel over the past decade, the United States still attracts fewer visitors than it did in 2000, according to new data from the U.S Travel Association. Figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show a 10 percent rise in foreign visitors during the first 11 months of 2010 as compared with the same period in 2009. More
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Value drives US websites' user increase
from Travel Daily UK
DiscoverAmerica.com has seen a significant rise in the special offers section of its website as British consumers continue to look for a holiday bargain. The travel information website has seen traffic to this section double during 2010, while it has seen a 65 percent increase in U.K. users through January 2011 as compared to last year. More
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Business travel bounces back as economy improves
from The Associated Press via Bloomberg
U.S. companies forecast to spend 5 percent more on travel in 2011 than they did last year — a sign of confidence in the economy that is giving a boost to airlines, hotels and rental-car companies. That's double the growth rate from 2010, which followed two years of decline. More
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Can the TSA create a viable trusted traveler program?
from BoardingArea - Flying With Fish blog
In 2005, the Transportation Security Administration began a pilot program in conjunction with the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium, where travelers could undergo a background check, provide a biometric sample to the TSA's Office of Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialing and become a "Registered Traveler." More
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High-speed train system has a long way to go
from USA Today
The Obama administration is proceeding at full speed with plans to create a national high-speed rail system, proposing billions in next year's budget to help lay the groundwork. But political opposition and hefty costs could mean the ambitious program goes nowhere fast. More
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More airline passenger protections waiting in wings
from The Balitmore Sun
Federal officials are putting the finishing touches on another round of airline passenger protections, including broadening restrictions on tarmac delays to include overseas carriers that land at U.S. airports. More
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Obama budget would slice airport construction grants
from USA Today
President Barack Obama proposed cutting nearly a third of the construction grants given to airports annually and endorse a provision that would have travelers pay a few dollars more per flight to make up for it. More
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Airline group expects 3.3 billion air travelers by 2014
from The Associated Press via The New York Times
Global airline travel will likely jump to 3.3 billion passengers by 2014 as Asia's fast economic growth drives the industry's expansion, the International Air Transport Association said recently. Asia likely will account for 45 percent of the 800 million increase in air travelers between 2009 and 2014, IATA Chief Executive Giovanni Bisignani said at a news conference. More
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