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What's changed in the meetings industry since 2009
from MEETINGS: review
Following the vilification of the meetings industry at the beginning of the recession, writer James Latham talks to two of the leading figures of its fightback: Christine Duffy, president and chief executive of Maritz Travel, and Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association. The key questions: Has the industry managed to fight its corner and what key learnings have been from the past two years? More
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Roger Dow honored with Spirit of Hospitality Award
from Corporate Meetings & Incentives
The meetings, travel and tourism community paid tribute to Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, at a recent event in Washington, D.C., by bestowing upon him the Spirit of Hospitality Award. Each year the Destination & Travel Foundation, now a joint effort of U.S. Travel and DMAI, honor a key industry player who contributes significant time and effort in promoting and advocating travel and tourism. More
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Business travel is rebounding, but where does that leave the aging traveler?
from Fast Company
"Business travel is bouncing back" is how Scott Mayerowitz recently phrased it, pointing out that U.S. companies are forecast to spend five percent more on travel in 2011 than they did last year. "You need to have face time" is how one executive put it. Business travel had dropped 20 percent during the 2007-09 recession. But now, says writer Bruce C. Smith, "companies are beginning to spend again on travel because sometimes business-to-business communication just has to be face to face." More
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EU liquids plan flawed, US airport officials say
from Associated Press via CBS News
A European Union plan to partially lift a ban on passengers carrying liquids onto planes has U.S. airport officials worried that it will create a security gap and may confuse passengers traveling to the United States. Beginning April 29, the EU plans to allow airline passengers carrying wine, perfume and other liquids purchased at duty-free shops in airports outside Europe to take those items into airline cabins with them when they catch connecting flights at about two dozen European airports. More
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High gas prices rattle drivers and businesses
from Associated Press via USA Today
Gasoline prices rose almost 20 cents a gallon in the past week, or 6 percent, to a national average $3.368 per gallon according to AAA. That's the most for this time of year, typically when prices are low. And with unrest in the Middle East and North Africa lifting the price of crude oil to the $100-a-barrel range, analysts say pump prices are likely headed higher. More
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Editorial: Legislature should let King County's stadium taxes expire
from Seattle Times
A .5 percent restaurant sales tax dedicated to paying off the bonds on Safeco Field in Seattle is expected to expire later this year — four years ahead of schedule. As soon as the bonds are retired, the tax should do as originally promised: terminate. But that is not what is afoot with state Rep. Tina Orwall's bill in the Legislature. More
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Canadians back retaliatory travel fee on US visitors in poll
from Globe and Mail
If they can do it to us, we can do it to them. That's the sentiment expressed in a new online poll showing a majority of Canadians want to impose a travel fee on visiting Americans if their proposed tax goes through. Sixty-four percent of respondents believe that if the American proposal to charge Canadian air and sea travelers the $5.50 fee becomes the law, then we should do the same to U.S. visitors. More
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