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Spring break: Create lasting memories on a family vacation
from SheKnows Parenting
The U.S. Travel Association is releasing a new study, conducted by Harris Interactive, that indicates traveling together as a family strengthens bonds and creates a lifetime of memories. Many adults report that family vacations are clearly remembered decades after the fact. Sixty-two percent of the adults surveyed said their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10, and these memories were significantly stronger than memories of school events or birthday celebrations.
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Senators agree on path to legal status for illegal immigrants
from Los Angeles Times
Eight senators who have spent weeks trying to write a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration laws have privately agreed on the most contentious part of the draft: how to offer legal status to the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. According to aides familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the bill would require illegal immigrants to register with Homeland Security Department authorities, file federal income taxes for their time in America and pay a still-to-be-determined fine.
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Airlines start move to new shopping, ticketing system
from USA Today
Airlines worldwide are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to adopt a new computer language for their ticket sales, as a step toward personalizing airfares for travelers. The goal of the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, which represents airlines globally, is to create a ticket sales system that would compete with online comparison and booking sites Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia.
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Knives on planes test TSA mission 12 years after 9/11
from Bloomberg
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration's decision to allow pocket knives on airliners was meant to signal a philosophical shift: focus less on screening everyone for everything, and more on terrorist threats. Its move has instead sparked condemnation from executives of Delta Air Lines Inc., AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc.; unions representing flight attendants, pilots and airport screeners; and members of the Federal Air Marshals Service. But the agency is showing no sign of backing down.
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Brand USA teams with ESPN to promote American sports
from Breaking Travel News
Brand USA, the tourism marketing body for the United States, has teamed up with ESPN to produce an online sports calendar that is now live on the consumer website, DiscoverAmerica.com. Housed on a new specific sports page, the calendar gives users the opportunity to understand which cities are hosting which U.S. sporting events and teams so they can plan their holidays accordingly and experience some of the unique and passionate U.S. sporting culture.
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Hotels feel the pain of federal budget cuts
from Los Angeles Times
The automatic federal budget cuts brought about the by so-called sequestration are already inflicting some pain on the hotel industry. Federal agencies responded to the cuts by slashing nonessential travel by federal employees, which represent at least 30 percent of business for some hotels. Travel officials worry that further federal cuts will continue to hurt a travel industry that supports about 14 million workers.
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Survey should be protected from sequester
from Travel Weekly
The latest potential victim of the Washington budget squeeze is a seemingly small line item that has an outsize impact on hundreds of billions of dollars in travel exports: the Survey of International Air Travelers. If the Department of Commerce fails to preserve it, marketing programs that generate hundreds of millions of dollars in exports will be undermined. Unlike other exports, travel exports are typically people and services, not goods. In 2012, these exports totaled $134 billion, making it the largest service export category and one of the fastest-growing export categories overall. The SIAT is a crucial tool for growing these exports.
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Immigration path clear?
Los Angeles Times
Eight senators who have spent weeks on a bill to overhaul immigration laws have agreed on the most contentious details.

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Online tax model a trend?
Orlando Sentinel
An appellate judge warns hotels could begin following OTAs' tax model, charging customers more than reported tax value.

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Brand USA goes global
The Washington Post
The United States is spending millions of dollars to promote America as an international travel destination.

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2013 Corporate Travel Index: US per diems again up marginally
from Business Travel News
The average total U.S. per diem in this year's Corporate Travel Index increased by 1.6 percent from a year earlier. Though still modest, that rate of growth exceeds the 0.9 percent increase measured in the 2012 report. This year's per diem increase comprised a 6.6 percent increase in average hotel costs, including taxes and surcharges, which offset a nearly 6 percent drop in the average daily car rental cost (with taxes) and a 2.5 percent decline in the average daily cost of meals while traveling.
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Obamacare driving tough choices for hoteliers
from HotelNewsNow.com
As the deadline for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act approaches, complicated questions go unanswered. Many hoteliers realize they must make a difficult choice between the best interests of their employees and their bottom lines. Ultimately, the new law could have the opposite impact of its intended purpose by stripping workers of coverage and reducing them to part-time status.
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AIBTM, IAEE announce strategic partnership
from Meetings and Conventions
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events will partner with the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition to produce educational content for June's AIBTM show in Chicago, the organizations announced recently.
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