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Why you should take a vacation right now
from The Huffington Post
On average, Americans forfeit $34.3 billion in vacation days, according to CNNMoney, simply by not taking advantage of all of accrued days off. A 2011 survey by Expedia found that while many U.S. workers earn 14 days off, they take only as many as 12. Those mere two days add up to 226 million vacation days unused by overworked Americans. However, annual vacations have been found to cut the risk of heart attack by 30 percent in men and 50 percent in women, while also benefiting sleep patterns and connectivity to loved ones. The U.S. Travel Association points out that 4 out of 10 travelers feel more romantic on vacation, in part because they feel more connected with family and friends.
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Unintended consequences of limits on government travel
from The Washington Post
Concerned about government travel expenses? Here's a thought: Slice agency budgets, across the board. Tell employees not to work one or two days a week. Don't pay them for that time. This recipe not only will reduce federal employee travel, it also will make an across-the-board cut in their morale and do a disservice to American taxpayers. Going too far, cutting too much travel spending in ways that aren't smart, can have unintended bad consequences: Witness the sequester.
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Threat of cuts intensifies the air travel headache
from The New York Times
In recent days, Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary, has been warning that the budget cuts under sequestration would create major disruptions in air travel. He said, for instance, that staff furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration could force the closing of 100 air traffic control centers and the elimination of overnight shifts at 60 others, in small and midsize markets. In an interview on MSNBC, LaHood insisted his comments were meant as "warning flares" about the effects of threatened cuts.
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GSA cancels this year's Expo conference
from Federal Times
The General Services Administration has suspended this year's annual Training and Expo conference because of tight budgets and reduced federal travel spending. The GSA Training and Expo Conference was scheduled for May 14 in Orlando, Fla. GSA spokesman Dan Cruz said that, while the conference was a valuable way for procurement specialists to receive training and meet with vendors, budget concerns were more important. The suspension is only for this year's conference, not all future Expos.
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Amtrak carried record passenger traffic in 2012
from The Washington Post
Perhaps sparked by highway congestion or the hassle of air travel, Amtrak's passenger rail service has been the nation's fastest growing mode of transportation, according to a new report that urges Congress to push forward with a coordinated national rail plan. The government-subsidized railway carried a record 31.2 million people last year, a 55 percent increase since 1997, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. The study, released March 1, came a day after congressional leaders said they planned to craft a major funding reauthorization for railroads later this year.
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Unintended consequences of limits on travel
The Washington Post
Going too far, cutting too much travel spending in ways that aren't smart, can have unintended bad consequences: Witness the sequester.

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Warning: Expect air travel delays if budget cuts hit
USA Today
The travel industry is bracing for significant disruptions starting March 1, if automatic cuts reduce staffing of air-traffic controllers and checkpoint security officers as scheduled.

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Foreign tourists' spending in US rises to new record
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.

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Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee open Global Entry enrollment centers
from Government Security News
The Port of Cincinnati is the home of the latest Global Entry enrollment center opened by Customs and Border Protection, but two others in Chicago and Milwaukee have also begun operating. Enrollment centers, said CBP, are a vital component of its voluntary, trusted-traveler program Global Entry, which uses automated kiosks to expedite the customs clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers entering the U.S.
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Hotels take fitness amenities to the great outdoors
from Reuters
From sightseeing city runs and nature hikes down country trails to surfing sessions, hotels are luring leisure and business clients outside their climate-controlled rooms for outdoor activities to keep fit while traveling for business or pleasure. Morning runs, afternoon power walks and bicycle rides are fast becoming standard fare for hotels in urban centers, with the cityscape dictating the route.
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TSA: Hiring freeze could double checkpoint waits
from USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration announced March 1 it would adopt a hiring freeze and reduce overtime spending in response to federal spending cuts — a move it said could double wait times at checkpoints at the busiest airports. Travelers won't notice longer waits immediately, the agency said. But because of turnover, it said, it expects slots for 1,000 security officers to be vacant by Memorial Day and 2,600 vacancies by the end of September.
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MeetingNews Minute: Sequester could hurt meetings
from Successful Meetings
The U.S. government's sequester means massive, across-the-board spending cuts. The U.S. Travel Association Chief Operating Officer Geoff Freeman shares insights about the industry's fears when it comes to the impact of the sequester on travel. "Our concern is that travel could really become the face of the sequester, as this is a place where Americans frequently interact with government officials," Freeman said.
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Tourism drives economy
from Oregon Business
Jobs — the topic on everyone's mind. At a time when business leaders and elected officials are seeking ways to stimulate economic recovery and job creation, one industry has been creating jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy, is creating solid career opportunities and has become America's largest service export: the travel and tourism industry.
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