Congress Tries to Attract Foreign Tourists to U.S.
from The Associated Press via The New York Times
Millions of foreign tourists are shying away from U.S. destinations, a trend that Congress hopes to reverse in a travel promotion act it passed last week. The Senate voted 78-18 for the legislation, which sets up a nonprofit corporation for travel promotion tasked with assuring potential visitors that they will be welcomed, helping them with paperwork and informing them of the many American places of interest outside the usual tourist destinations. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
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Bill for U.S. Travel Promotion Group Headed to Obama's Desk
A bill that will create a tourism promotion organization for the United States has received its final passage in the Senate. The Travel Promotion Act calls for a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion that will promote the United States as a travel destination and explain travel and security policies to international visitors. "This is a historic victory for the U.S. economy and one in eight American workers whose jobs depend on travel," Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.
Travel Promotion Act Would Goose Travel, Create Jobs
from Hotel Interactive
To some, the inbound U.S. tourism industry has been under siege. Onerous visa rules for some countries, zero advertising around the globe and a negative perception of Americans are fueling a decline in people choosing to make the United States a vacation destination. In fact, since 2000, the rest of developed world has seen international travel to their destination increase an average of 31 percent, as an emerging global middle class began taking their initial trips outside their home countries. But the United States has seen its share of international tourists drop nine percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association. More
Industry Leaders Hail Value of Travel Act
from Travel Agent Central
Senate approval of the Travel Promotion Act won strong approval from travel industry leaders who stressed the opportunities for growth, jobs and new revenues. Noteworthy are the number of state and city convention and visitors bureaus who could benefit from implementation of the act. More
For Hotels, the Pits and the Pendulum
from Travel Weekly
More hotel rooms came online in 2008 than in any other year in history: 154,667 rooms in 1,345 new hotels. And as bad as 2009 was, economically speaking, there was still a lot of unfinished work in the pipeline, so yet another 146,929 rooms were added in 1,301 new hotels. But Lodging Econometrics is forecasting 82,620 new rooms in 717 new builds this year, a drop of 44 percent. Projects under construction are at a four-year low, new project announcements are at a five-year low, and cancellations and postponements are at a historical high.
Labor Fights Could Disrupt U.S. Flights
from USA Today
Air travelers in the U.S. could face the same type of labor relations-driven flight disruptions that crippled air travel in parts of Europe last week. American, Continental, United, US Airways and Southwest are in prolonged contract talks with various unions. Several have the potential to boil over, though it's not an ideal time to strike.
Where the Jobs Are: Airport Operations
The airline industry has been battered by high fuel prices and declining air travel over the past two years, and airlines have scaled back their services and reduced their fleet sizes. But after a 15 percent drop in revenue last year, the airport operations industry--companies that provide aircraft refueling, taxi, parking and hangar space and other services--should start to recover in the second half of this year. Job-seekers can expect to see a rise in hiring at airports across the country. "Now's the time to put your name out there," says Toon van Beeck, a senior industry analyst at the market research firm IBIS World.
Some Canadians Cross Border to Fly in U.S.
from USA Today
When Jolly Khanna makes business trips to Chicago or Washington, he drives from his home in Montreal to the airport in Burlington, Vt., where he then hops on a flight. Khanna isn't the only Canadian making frequent treks across the border to catch a flight. A growing number come for lower fares, fewer hassles with airport security -- because they are flying domestically inside the U.S. instead of coming from abroad -- and for the smaller U.S. airports that can be easier to navigate than ones in Canada's big cities.
Appointment Scheduling Starts Next Week
For International Pow Wow, May 15-19
from the U.S. Travel Association
More than 70,000 appointments were pre-scheduled between buyers and U.S. suppliers last year for International Pow Wow. Beginning next week, registered U.S. suppliers will be able to pre-schedule up to 44 appointments per booth with buyers from around the world. With the number of delegates still growing, registrations to date include over 900 buyers from 65 countries, 255 international journalists and over 800 U.S. supplier companies. But there’s still time to register and assure a good spot in scheduling. Learn more at www.powwowonline.com.
Global Trends Expert to Deliver Keynote at TravelCom 2010
from the U.S. Travel Association
Award-winning speaker and executive director of The Avant-Guide Institute Daniel Levine is widely known for his innovative ideas and energetic presentations. He will answer two important questions in his keynote address: how have changing economic times affected people's values and attitudes, and what is motivating them to make travel, leisure and lifestyle decisions? Levine is one of more than 60 speakers who will share their expertise and insights at TravelCom 2010 in Dallas, Texas, March 9 – 11 at the Fairmont Hotel. Register today or contact Rose Diferdinando via e-mail or (410) 756-0863 for more information.