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Infrastructure gap? US spends more than Europe
from Forbes
Big government advocates seek to substitute "infrastructure" for the "s" (stimulus) word. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address called for $40 billion to fix the nation's roads and bridges and also called for a federal infrastructure bank. On April 29, he called for an additional $4 billion of infrastructure spending. $40 billion here and $4 billion there, and soon you have some real money.
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Cornell study links hotel reviews and room revenue
from Travel Weekly
Online reviews of hotels are increasingly having an impact on room demand and now appear to be responsible for rate swings of more than 10 percent, according to a report published by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
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German officials blast US cuts at airports
from USA Today
Lufthansa and German trade officials say wait times at U.S. airports will discourage Europeans from traveling here, at a time when they are trying to build trade. Jurgen Weber, chairman of Lufthansa's supervisory board, told reporters in March that a Transportation Security Administration line that morning for a flight to Washington from New York's LaGuardia airport was hundreds of yards long.
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China's pro-travel plan is good news for US
from TravelMarket Report
The Chinese government has announced initiatives aimed at encouraging its citizens to travel abroad. The moves should give U.S. travel sellers still more opportunities to capitalize on a booming inbound market.
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Which states tax your travel the most?
from The Pew Charitable Trusts
Hate airline fees? Check your tab, because travelers are also being nickeled-and-dimed by additional taxes being imposed by states and cities. Visitors to Fort Lauderdale and Honolulu, for example, typically spend about $22 a day on extra taxes on hotels, meals and rental cars. But that’s far less than if they went to Chicago, where state and local hospitality taxes total more than $40 a day, according to a report from the Global Business Travel Association, a trade group.
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Get out of my way!: TSA PreCheck program expands
from CNBC
More airlines and airports are participating in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. United Airlines recently announced eligible passengers now have access to PreCheck's expedited security lanes at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
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GOP asks why Saudi Arabia was added to trusted traveler program
from The Daily Caller
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and the panel's subcommittee chairmen are calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to explain why DHS has extended a trusted traveler program to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Cuts in overtime are painful for federal agencies, workers
from The Washington Post
Along with planning for furloughs, federal agencies are cutting overtime pay with measures that will save money in the short term, but critics say will harm efficiency, compromise public safety and unfairly penalize federal law enforcement agents.
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FAA shuts down 149 air traffic towers
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...

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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. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10 percent increase over 2011, said...

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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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Lawmakers question TSA $50 million uniform contract in light of sequester
from Fox News
Republican lawmakers have written to the head of the Transportation Security Administration questioning whether a recent contract for new uniforms worth as much as $50 million was money well spent questioning whether a recent contract for new uniforms worth as much as $50 million was money well spent — when officials are warning that budget cuts will cause staff shortages and flight delays.
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Coming to America: The 5 best visa options for startup entrepreneurs
from Forbes
Last week, Forbes contributor Scott Allison wrote about his experiences moving to the U.S., initially just doing three month trips with the visa-waiver program, and then finally getting a visa: coming to America: the startup visa. This week, he wanted to be more practical and share his advice on visa options and how to apply for one.
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Alfredo Gonzalez joins Brand USA as senior vice president, global
from Hospitality Industry
Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States' first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort, announced Alfredo Gonzalez has joined the organization as senior vice president, global partnership. Gonzalez is responsible for expanding Brand USA's international representation network and travel trade outreach, as well as developing co-operative partnership programs with international trade and media partners, in order to increase international visitation to the United States.
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Taxes getting you down? Hotels offer some relief
from USA Today
Getting your taxes done can be, well, taxing. The deadline for filing your taxes to the IRS is April 15. April also happens to be National Stress Awareness Month. Coincidence? A number of hotels are trying to make tax season less stressful by offering drink specials, room discounts and room-tax amnesties.
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