U.S. Travel Association criticizes tax hikes targeting travelers
from Travel Pulse
The U.S. Travel Association is criticizing what it calls a sweeping tax hike proposed by the San Mateo County, Calif., Board of Supervisors. The travel group says the tax hike punishes travelers and should be dropped. The county board announced plans for a 2.5 percent rental car tax increase, a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax hike and a new 8 percent parking tax; the fees would be charged to all travelers renting vehicles from San Francisco International Airport, staying in area hotels or parking at the airport or local hotels. More
For 'select' few, shoes can stay on
from The New York Times
By the end of March, some select passengers departing from Kennedy, O'Hare and Reagan National airports will be able to pass through security checkpoints without having to remove their shoes and outer coats, their laptops tucked inside cases. The emphasis is on "select" passengers — including those chosen by various airlines from among their most elite customers. More
US visa processing initiatives welcomed in China
from Migration Expert
The U.S. Travel Association supports the announcement made by Ambassador Gary Locke on U.S. visa processing changes that aim to increase travel to the U.S. from China. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, complimented the State Department on its response to the booming demand for U.S. visas in China. More
CLIA chief says cruise lines are staying ahead on safety
from Travel Weekly
The cruise industry is "working proactively to implement lessons learned" from the Costa Concordia disaster, said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. In a recent interview, Duffy pointed to CLIA's Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, announced in late January, and said it would target operational and human factors involved in onboard safety. More
Study: Airlines can profit from EU carbon tax
from USA Today
Despite their opposition, airlines will profit from the European Union's program to charge for carbon emissions by charging passengers for the costs in higher fares, according to a report from Climate Advisers and the Center for American Progress. More
Hotel CEO: Wall Street not curbing luxury hotel spending
from USA Today
Despite falling profits, slashed bonuses and layoffs, Wall Street banks don't appear to be curbing spending at luxury hotels, according to a key hotel industry CEO who said that financial services companies — known for extravagant wining and dining of clients — aren't shying away from posh hotels. More
Airports get into the fitness craze for stressed travelers
from USA Today via ABC News
Jennifer Purdie recently had to figure out what to do during a layover at San Francisco International Airport. She could have gone to a bar and had a cocktail, but she wanted to try something healthier. So she pulled workout pants and a T-shirt out of her carry-on bag and stopped by the airport's new yoga room. More
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