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Warning: Expect air travel delays if budget cuts hit
from USA Today
The travel industry is bracing for significant disruptions starting March 1, if automatic federal spending cuts reduce staffing of air-traffic controllers and checkpoint security officers as scheduled. "This truly could become a nightmare for travel," Geoff Freeman, chief operating officer of the U.S. Travel Association, says of anticipated flight delays, longer security lines before flights and customs lines after arriving from abroad.
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Obama fleshes out plans for infrastructure projects
from The New York Times
The White House recently fleshed out the plans President Barack Obama announced in the State of the Union address to repair the nation's ailing infrastructure. The draft sounds three major themes Obama has discussed since he was first a candidate for the presidency, but with initiatives intended to engage in work that minimizes the need for congressional approval and that can capitalize on private investment to help start projects.
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Congressional leaders warn of flight delays, long lines
from The Washington Post
With Reagan National Airport as a backdrop, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran reiterated warnings that travelers could face long delays and canceled flights, the result of automatic spending cuts tied to sequestration. "Right now this airport is relatively calm," Moran said. "People are getting their tickets. They are moving through security lines. This scene could be very different in a few weeks."
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Foreign tourists' spending in US rises to new record
from Los Angeles Times
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10 percent increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The greatest increase in visitors and spending came from countries with a burgeoning middle class, including China, Brazil and India. Spending by foreign tourists has been on the rise for the past three years, with tourist hubs such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco reaping much of the spending, Blank said.
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Tennessee airports chosen for TSA program
from The Associated Press via New York Daily News
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Memphis, Tenn., International Airport has been chosen to participate in the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security screening program. Cohen said the so-called "pre-check" initiative will enable travelers who pose no security risk the opportunity to move through the screening process more quickly at Memphis' airport. Four other airports, including Nashville International Airport, have also been added to the program, bringing the nationwide total to 40.
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US moves to reform Visa Waiver Program
MINA
U.S. legislators have reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act to enhance the national security benefits of the Visa Waiver Program and open it to new countries.

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AA, US Airways merger to alter business travel
Los Angeles Times
In the wake of the deal to merge American Airlines and US Airways, many business travelers are asking themselves the same question: What does this mean for me? Change is the only certain answer.

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The Chinese tourists are coming!
Fortune via CNNMoney
The Commerce Department expects arrivals of tourists from China to rise 259 percent between 2011 and 2017. Those tourists are proving to be the new big spenders. Are U.S. companies ready for them?

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Why isn't the US doing more to attract Chinese tourists?
from Skift
One million Chinese tourists tell the tale of America's changing economy. Or at least a reminder about the benefits of China's growing economy to a post-industrial United States. China's outbound tourism is one of the most obvious signs of its rising economic and cultural power, one the U.S. would be foolish not to accommodate for the many economic benefits.
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Hagan confronts hurdle on immigration reform
from News & Observer
Immigration isn't a touchy subject just for many Republicans. Southern and moderate Democrats also may be a bit skittish about the idea of granting a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. A small group of Senate Democrats, because they represent conservative states such as North Carolina and Arkansas, could help derail ambitious plans to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
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Houston to open new "Global Entry" office for international travelers
from Houston Business Journal
The Houston Airport System, Houston city officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were expected to announce the opening of a new satellite enrollment center for international travelers looking to go through CBP at a faster rate. The Global Entry office will allow international travelers to apply for CBP's "Trusted Traveler Program," which gives approved travelers access to expedited CBP clearance when they enter the U.S.
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LaHood warns of flight delays if budget cuts hit
from Los Angeles Times via The Baltimore Sun
The Obama administration issued a travel advisory Feb. 22: Because of a budget standoff in Washington, flights will be delayed. That was the message Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood delivered at the daily White House briefing as he outlined the impact that across-the-board budget cuts would have on air travel, a drumbeat he acknowledged was aimed by the administration at Republicans in Congress.
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US moves to reform Visa Waiver Program
from MINA
U.S. representatives have reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. The bill would enhance the national security benefits of the Visa Waiver Program and boost the economy while expanding the framework to welcome new countries into the program. Similar legislation was previously introduced in both the 111th and 112th Congresses and formally endorsed by President Barack Obama, who spoke in favor of VWP expansion in 2012. The legislation also has the support of the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Hotel and Lodging Association and National Retail Federation.
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Montana's tourism-related businesses excited about prospects
from Billings Gazette via Independent Record
Increasingly, visitors to Montana are looking for more authentic encounters — more personal interaction, said Sarah Lawlor, spokeswoman for the Montana Tourism office. "The tourism industry in Montana takes pride in offering that kind of experience," she said. The state's promotion arm has plastered Seattle, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., with big, bold images of Montana's great outdoors in a campaign with proven results, she said. Preliminary data from the University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research projects a 2 percent increase in nonresident visitors in 2013 and a 4 percent increase in spending.
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Universal to drop health insurance for part-time workers
from Orlando Sentinel
Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government's health care overhaul. The giant theme park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health insurance to part-timers "only until Dec. 31, 2013."
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