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Bill would revamp visa process to help U.S. travel industry
from Las Vegas Review-Journal
A bill introduced in Congress seeks to promote international tourism to the United States while requiring new layers of security for nations that are granted the easiest access.
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Experts are unanimous: Visa Waiver Program is good for national security
from The Daily Signal
During a recent House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing, experts agreed that the Visa Waiver Program is beneficial both for the economy and national security.
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Looking to block competition, airlines target Open Skies agreements
from Forbes
One of the biggest misimpressions about the free market is the mistaken belief that corporate interests support free competition. While companies will raise their voices at regulations and mandates that drive up the cost of their doing business, corporate interests love government interference in the market when it gives them a leg up against their competition.
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What the hell is NDD?
from The Huffington Post
Nothing better demonstrates the disconnect between the daily lives of ordinary people in this country and the policy debates now taking place in Washington than the term "NDD."
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As oil prices fall, air fares still stay high
from The New York Times
Just over two years ago, one of the nation's airline trade organizations called the industry "hypercompetitive" and declared "airfare remains a bargain." Fast-forward to the present and the airline industry is increasingly looking like an uncompetitive oligopoly.
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Open Skies rifts roil airline industry
from The Hill
A pair of rifts over Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and foreign nations has roiled the nation's airline and travel industries. U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said the airlines are being too "aggressive" in their opposition to competition from foreign competitors.
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Five years in, Brand USA is bringing home the bacon
from TravelPulse
In 2014, the United States welcomed a record 75 million international visitors according to a Department of Commerce announcement last week. A growth of 7 percent in visitors over the previous year is always impressive, especially when your currency is as robust as the dollar is right now.
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Changing times in travel: 2015 to see largest growth of decade
from The Examiner
There's no denying that the economy seems to be making tracks when it comes to recovery, and as it does, expendable income increases and vacations become more frequent. The U.S Travel Association has forecast the highest growth of the past decade for 2015, at 5.2 percent compared to 1.6 percent five years ago.
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As Chinese tourism increases, American museums adapt
from The New York Times
It's now easier for mainland Chinese to visit the United States, thanks to visa rules instituted late last year, allowing 10 years before visa renewal rather than one year. The change is expected to increase Chinese tourism and real estate investment, but it will also have a less obvious beneficiary: American museums.
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Career Coach: The best way to motivate employees? Tell them to take the day off
from The Washington Post
As the weather is finally starting to get nicer and spring is in the air, the idea of taking time off to relax and enjoy the sunshine is enticing. But, can it be done?
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With new digital magazine, Marriott aims to be world's largest publisher of traveler content
from The Washington Business Journal
If things go according to plan, Marriott International Inc. could become the world's largest publisher of travel articles online during the next few years.
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Much more than basketball—Here's what each March Madness city has to offer
from YAHOO! Travel
The rankings are in, and the Madness has begun! With that in mind, we took a hard look at the 68 teams and their hometowns and offered recommendations for food, lodging and attractions.
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Set yourself up for success at IPW: Don't keep buyers waiting
from U.S. Travel Association
There will be more than 1,300 buyers at IPW this year—including a record-setting number of delegates from the U.K. and China. Make sure you are equipped for all of this new traffic by staffing your booth with enough delegates. Your success as an IPW exhibitor depends upon maximizing your opportunity for new business.

An understaffed booth causes stressed schedules and potentially missed appointments. Don't keep buyers waiting! You may have 44 appointments per booth, but you can go home from IPW with hundreds of leads—this one-of-a-kind show provides ample time to network during lunches and evening events, in addition to your pre-scheduled meetings. Register delegates now.

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