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Unused paid time off harms U.S. economy: Study
from International Business Times
The United States may be the "Land of the Free," but it's the only nation in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens paid vacation or holidays. If you're a born-and-bred American, you might already know that. What you may not realize, however, is that your compatriots on the far side of the Atlantic enjoy, on average, one month of paid time off each year.
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Top consumer issues in travel: NextGen
from Chicago Tribune
Probably no single issue will have a greater impact on our air travel system than the NextGen (Next Generation) air-traffic control (ATC) system slowly being implemented by the FAA, airlines and other airspace users. And emphasize the "slowly" part: Even the nominal 2025 completion date looks iffy.
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Solid results strengthen case for Brand USA
from Travel Weekly
Although the future of Brand USA remains subject to review, the destination marketing organization is upbeat as it confirmed that it is delivering on its major objectives, with Australia a standout performer.
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Updated economic impact numbers: Good news for meetings industry
from Meetings Net
The Convention Industry Council has released its new "Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy" report, an update to a 2009 study, which had been conducted during the depths of the economic recession.
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'Land, Touch and Go' — Orlando Airport first to offer fast-track clearance to international travelers
from Fort Mill Times
Orlando International Airport is the first to offer international travelers from visa waiver countries the option to 'land, touch and go,' using SITA's Automated Passport Control kiosks to self-process for faster U.S. border clearance. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority announced recently that arriving passengers from 37 visa waiver countries can now enjoy quick and easy processing at U.S. customs and immigration.
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    Why Rahm Emanuel is salivating about a global travel pow-wow coming to town (Chicago Business Journal)
U.S. campaign draws $3.4 billion in tourism spending, study says (Los Angeles Times)
Super Bowl was not so super for hotels (Los Angeles Times)
Study: Meetings generated $770 billion in economic impact in 2012 (Successful Meetings)

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Southern California tourism a bright spot in economy
from Los Angeles Daily News
Tourism was a shining star of the Southern California economy in 2013, turning in a record-breaking performance. Now the powerful sector that generates billions annually across the five-county region (Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange) is poised for an encore this year.
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The forecast for air travel: Thanksgiving volume once a week at major airports
from Bloomberg Businessweek
As frustrated air travelers are reminded every winter, when snow and ice storms cripple many of our busiest airports, forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights, you can't fight Mother Nature.
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Hostels, cleaning up their image and growing like gangbusters
from The Washington Post
On her first night in Cleveland last year, Melanie D.G. Kaplan fell asleep spooning her backpack. She maneuvered her laptop beneath her pillow and leaned her favorite red boots against the wall by my feet. For the first time in more than a decade, she was overnighting in a hostel, and she didn't know what to expect.
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Tarmac purgatory ends, but new trails appear
from The New York Times
Walk down memory lane with me to wintertimes in years gone by, when bad weather routinely caused passengers on hundreds of flights to be stranded on airplanes that had pulled away from the gate but then sat idled on tarmacs, neither taking off nor returning to the terminal, for three, five, even 12 hours and more.
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Why Rahm Emanuel is salivating about a global travel pow-wow coming to town
Chicago Business Journal
Did you hear that? It's the sound of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel bursting with excitement in anticipation of the 46th annual IPW conclave taking place in Chicago April 5 through 9 this year.

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Study: Meetings generated $770 billion in economic impact in 2012
Successful Meetings
In 2012, 1.83 million meetings were held in the United States, up from approximately 1.8 million in 2009, according to the Convention Industry Council, which recently published an update to its 2009 study, The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy.

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U.S. Travel Association's IPW event's economic impact four times greater than Super Bowl
Trade Show News Network
The estimated economic impact of U.S. Travel Association's IPW, formerly known as International Pow Wow, is four times that of the Super Bowl

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Airport confidential: Inside the strange world of airlines
from Time
Tim Campbell, senior vice president of air operations for American Airlines, is staring at a diagram of the Charlotte, N.C., airport. It shows the position of the carrier's jets on the tarmac — the flights that haven't already been canceled, that is — and how quickly they're getting through deicing stations, since a traffic jam will slow everything down.
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IPW Registration is STILL open!
from U.S. Travel Association
Registration for IPW 2014 is still open, but exhibit space is nearly sold-out. Don't delay: register now to join thousands of travel buyers, suppliers and journalists in Chicago, April 5-9, for this one-of-a-kind event.
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