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U.S. Travel Association Responds to Northern Trust Accusations
from PR Newswire via the Houston Business Chronicle
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, issued a statement yesterday in response to the accusations against Northern Trust and the House Financial Services Committee's call to return taxpayer dollars. The association urges clear guidelines for companies and cautions against a witch-hunt that punishes working Americans. More

Consumer Confidence Plummets to New Low in February
from The Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times
Americans' already battered confidence in the economy went into free fall in February, sinking to new lows as consumers grow more fearful over massive job cuts and shrinking retirement accounts. More

Travel Industry Scrambles to Cope as Americans Spend Less
from USA Today
The sinking U.S. economy is forcing many Americans to cut back on or give up a hallowed tradition: the family vacation. A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that 58 percent of people who normally take an annual vacation away from home will shrink their vacation spending this year -- or just not go. More

U.S. Travel Extends Help In Tough Times;
"Three-For-Two"Registrations to TravelCom

from the U.S. Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association has announced a special registration offer to attend TravelCom’09, March 31-April 2, in Atlanta, to help during these tough economic times. When organizations purchase two registrations, they will receive a third for free. “The TravelCom program has been designed specifically for these times of great uncertainty with sessions on revenue generation, cost-cutting, and reaching travelers efficiently,” said Vickie Singer, TravelCom’09 General Manager. “To help as many people as possible attend and benefit from this valuable information, we developed the Three-for-Two registration rate.” To take advantage of the special offer, click here.

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U.S. Travel Association and DMAI Foundations Join Resources to Bolster Efforts
from Hotel Interactive
The U.S. Travel Association and the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) have joined the resources of their foundations to create a stronger organization better capable of serving the interests of destination marketing professionals and highlighting the impact of travel around the world. The consolidated entity, to be known as the Destination & Travel Foundation, will bolster the destination marketing profession and travel industry by supporting activities through research, education, visioning and travel industry partnerships. More

Big Fish Slips out of Atlanta’s Grasp
from Tradeshow Week
A debate playing out in the public arena because of the U.S. government bailout of troubled businesses has hit home in Atlanta. Primerica, a Citigroup financial services subsidiary based in Duluth, Ga., canceled its biennial convention scheduled June 17-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, citing cost-cutting measures. More

Napolitano Debates Real ID
from The Washington Times
As governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano was no fan of the Real ID program that sets federal standards for state-issued driver's licenses which will be required in the future to board airplanes. Now that she is Homeland Security secretary and overseeing the department that governs the contentious law, Napolitano says she wants to examine "realistic options" with the officials who must put the program into action - the nation's governors. More

Tulsa Passengers Try out TSA's Full-body Scanners
from USA Today
The 35-year reign of airport metal detectors began its slow descent this week in Tulsa, where for the first time some passengers are skipping metal detectors. People are instead being screened in a 9-foot-high portal with glass shields that rotate to produce vivid pictures of what is underneath passengers' clothing. More

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