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Obama Sets New Push for U.S. High-Speed Rail Initiative
from Travel Pulse
President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Joseph Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, announced a new U.S. push to transform travel in America, creating high-speed rail lines from city to city, reducing dependence on cars and planes and spurring economic development. More    E-mail article

Cultural and Heritage Travelers: What Are They Thinking?
If you join the nation's first cultural and heritage traveler segmentation study, you'll be the first to know! Heritage Travel, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has signed on as the lead sponsor. Don't miss the opportunity to submit proprietary questions to better understand this market. Additional sponsors include the Association of Museum Stores, California, Cleveland, Florida, Texas A&M, and Virginia. Click here for more information.

Put a Local Face on What Travel Means to Us All
from The News Tribune
The U.S. Travel Association’s Web site,, says, “To help protect millions of travel-related jobs, we must show the real Faces of Travel. … As someone who earns your living in the travel industry, you know all about the challenges facing business meetings and events. Business has slowed, and that has likely had a negative impact on your job, your family, your livelihood and your community. … Tell the world how the nationwide downturn in legitimate travel is hurting you – not ‘fat cats’ on Wall Street.” The author points to some of these 'Faces of Travel.' More    E-mail article

Optimism in Face of Economy
from The Daily Times
So far this year, occupancy is up at Delaware beach hotels, at least for weekend occupancy tracked by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Occupancy was up 10 of the 12 first weekends of the year. Chamber officials credit good weather, holidays and special events for drawing visitors even during a downturn in the economy. Through the economic gloom and doom, beach business owners and leaders are hoping for the best. More    E-mail article

States Vie for Fewer Domestic Tourism Dollars
from Advertising Age
With Memorial Day just over a month away -- kicking off the season for that all-American pastime, the family summer vacation -- many state tourism offices are clamoring for the attention of would-be travelers in the face of a still-dark economic outlook. More    E-mail article

Downturn Discussions Dominate ACTE Conference
from Business Travel News
Even with Association of Corporate Travel Executives president and Booz & Co. director of global sourcing and travel Doug Weeks' talk of focusing on economic recovery rather than downturn during the opening general session, the recession weighed heavily on buyers and suppliers throughout this month's ACTE Global Education Conference, presented in partnership with Business Travel News. More    E-mail article

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Resort Campgrounds Grabbing Bigger Share
of Vacation Dollars

from the Chicago Tribune
With the slumping economy and rising unemployment putting a death grip on travel budgets, a growing number of vacationers are turning to camping—without roughing it. Travel spending nationwide has taken a nose dive in the past few months, but business remains brisk at many resort campgrounds, privately owned suburban parks that offer family-friendly amenities such as pools, free Wi-Fi, furnished cabins, arcade games, hot showers and laundry service. More     E-mail article

TripAdvisor Named Innovator of the Year
by U.S. Travel Association

from PR Newswire via the Columbus Business Journal
TripAdvisor, the world's most popular and largest travel community, was named "Innovator of the Year" by the U.S. Travel Association on April 2. Designed to honor the two companies whose innovations have had dramatic impact on the larger travel landscape, Innovator winners were determined for the first time by online votes. More than 3,000 people weighed in on the decision, selecting industry pacesetters based on video submissions. More    E-mail article

Odyssey Awards Postponed;
Industry Marketing Still Honored at ESTO

from the U.S. Travel Association
Due to budget constraints facing the industry during these tough economic times, the U.S. Travel Association has decided to postpone the Odyssey Awards for 2009. Industry creativity in marketing and advertising campaigns will still be honored through the Destiny and Mercury Awards presented during the ESTO conference in August. Visit and click the “councils” link for more information on the entry process and deadlines. More    E-mail article

Webinar Offered for Australia and New Zealand Inbound Travel
from the U.S. Travel Association
Join representatives from the U.S. government for a free Webinar on Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT to learn the latest U.S. border security requirements for Visa Waiver Program travelers from Australia and New Zealand. Details on ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), inbound market statistics and the deployment of 10-fingerprint collection will be provided. To receive an e-mail with a link to the Webinar instructions, send your name, title, organization, address, telephone and fax numbers to by 6 p.m. EDT on April 27. Note that submission of contact information is not required for Webinar participation. Your contact information will be used to provide you with future updates on travel to the United States. More    E-mail article

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