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US gets low marks on infrastructure from engineers' group
from NPR
The condition of the nation's roads, bridges and other kinds of infrastructure has actually improved over the past few years, but only slightly, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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FAA shuts down 149 air traffic towers
from The Hill
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to close 149 air traffic control towers to make its sequestration budget cuts. Prior to the implementation of the sequester, the FAA warned that the $85 billion cut to 2013 federal spending levels could result in the closing of 189 flight towers across the U.S., as well as furloughs for air traffic controllers.
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US entry process deters international travelers, survey finds
from Successful Meetings
People from other countries hate visiting the United States. Not because they loathe the destination, but because they loathe the journey — specifically, the long journey through customs when they arrive at U.S. airports. So finds a new survey of 1,200 overseas travelers from six top travel markets, published by the U.S. Travel Association.
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Taking the kids for a family reunion on snow
from Fox News
What's for dinner? No, we're not scrambling on a weeknight after getting home from work. We're on a gondola in Colorado ski country admiring the spectacular scenery on a bluebird day while having a spirited conversation about whether we want pasta, grilled steaks or fajitas.
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Travel industry supports JOLT Act
from Lodging
The Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, a bill reintroduced today in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Joe Heck R-Nev. and Mike Quigley D-Ill., may help facilitate international travel to the United States while boosting the economy and creating jobs.
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Hoteliers must battle misconceptions
from National Real Estate Investor
Hotel leaders should fight the perception that staying with them is frivolous and their jobs are low paying, and should turn all employees into the industry's ambassadors with fair wages and working conditions, said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.
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133 lawmakers demand TSA reverse to allows knives on planes
from The Hill
A group of 133 House members has signed a letter to the head of the Transportation Security Administration  calling for the agency to reverse its decision to allow small knives on airplanes. TSA Administrator John Pistole said that the agency would remove knives with blades shorter than 2.36 inches from its list of items that passengers are prohibited from carrying through airport security checkpoints.
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Airlines, business groups aim to block US customs facilities in foreign airports
from CQ Roll Call
A coalition of U.S. airlines, their employee unions and business groups is opposing a proposal that would allow companies to foot the bill for U.S. customs agents to clear passengers at foreign facilities, saying it would give international competitors an unfair advantage.
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Engineers give US low marks on infrastructure
NPR
The American Society of Civil Engineers says the condition of U.S. infrastructure has improved over the past few years — but only slightly.

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Spring break: Create memories on family trips
SheKnows Parenting
The U.S. Travel Association is releasing a new study that indicates traveling together as a family strengthens bonds and creates a lifetime of memories.

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Brand USA, ESPN to promote American sports
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Brand USA and ESPN have produced an online sports calendar to help promote the U.S. as a tourist destination on DiscoverAmerica.com.

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American Express Daily Getaways is back!
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The past two years American Express has run their Daily Getaways promotion in April, but this year they are switching things up and having it in June. It is starting June 10 to be exact and the preview sale will be available June 3.
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Disruptions: FAA may loosen curbs on fliers' use of electronics
from The New York Times
If you're sitting on a plane at the gate and reading this column on an electronic gadget, you're about to hear eight dreaded words: "Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff." But this time next year, you might hear something very different: "Please put your devices on 'airplane mode' for takeoff."
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Chinese tourist arrivals in US to hit 1.7 million in 2013
from Jing Daily
Aided by ramped-up marketing efforts and more efficient visa procedures, Chinese tourism to the United States is expected to rise some 13 percent this year, pushing arrivals from 1.5 million last year to the upper end of 1.7 million in 2013.
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Immigration: Give me your poor, your tired . . . your lobbyists?
from Sunlight Foundation
Long before the last election put new political momentum behind the stalled efforts to enact a comprehensive update of the nation's immigration laws, Washington's influence industry was teed up to make it a titanic battle, an analysis of lobbying disclosures by the Sunlight Foundation shows.
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