Agents Say US Leisure Travel Spending Recovering
from iMarket News
Leisure travel spending is bouncing back in 2010 as U.S. consumer sentiment gradually repairs, but prices are beginning to firm again from recession lows, according to travel agents. Travel specialists said momentum started building in the fourth quarter, and first-quarter travel bookings are well outpacing those of 2009. Per-trip spending is rising, especially on airfare, though lodging perks like free nights and meals are sticking around for now. Recession-era trends like shorter stays are still in place, but travelers are booking further in advance than they were last year.
International perceptions of US travel brands and destinations to be captured in study on China, India, Brazil, Korea, Australia.
Travel companies and destinations now have a quick and efficient way to understand how they are perceived by visitors from these key emerging/growth markets.
A new study commissioned by Macy's and the Shop America Alliance provides access to organizations interested in their brand awareness and perception in China, India, Brazil, Korea, and Australia. Information on these travelers' experiences in the US and their ravel behaviors, preferences, and attitudes are also captured in this upcoming study.
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Starting Thursday, Airlines Face Fines for Long Tarmac Waits
from The Seattle Times
Airlines must begin following a Department of Transportation (DOT) rule that threatens fines of up to $27,500 a passenger -- more than $3.7 million on the jet Hanni was stranded on -- if the carriers don't let customers get off after three hours. The industry doesn't like the rule and warns that it could have unintended consequences that would affect the traveling public.
Philadelphia is Test Site of New Satellite-surveillance
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
At Philadelphia International Airport's busy tower, air traffic controllers showed off new satellite technology Monday that will one day transform the nation's air traffic system from radar navigation to an Internet in the sky. Philadelphia is one of four airports to get the technology, which relies on global positioning satellites, like GPS in a car, to transmit a plane's location to radios on the ground, controllers in towers, and to other aircraft nearby.
Problems Plague New Air Traffic Control Computers
from ABC News
New computers crucial to modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system have run into serious problems and may not be fully operational by the end of this year when the current system is supposed to be replaced, a government watchdog said last week. The $2.1 billion computer system has misidentified aircraft and had trouble processing radar information, Calvin Scovel, the Transportation Department's inspector general, told a House panel. Air traffic controllers at a Federal Aviation Administration radar center in Salt Lake City, where the new computers are being tested, also have had difficulty transferring responsibility for planes to other controllers, he said.
US High-speed Rail's Ship Finally Comes In
from The Washington Post
Like the gleam on the tracks from an oncoming locomotive, high-speed rail transportation in the United States may be finally coming into sight. Before the end of the decade, rail backers promise, Americans will be traveling on bullet trains, the way Europeans and Asians have been doing for half a century. At speeds of up to 220 mph, high-speed rail will make it possible to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours, or half the time it takes to drive. Tampa to Orlando will take less than an hour, or 35 percent faster than by car. You'll be able to get from Chicago to St. Louis in less time than it takes to fly -- after you factor in the hours spent getting to and from distant airports and the hassle of getting through security 90 minutes before your flight.
Workers Rally at the State Capitol to Urge Pennsylvania to Reinstate Marketing Money for Tourism Industry
from The Patriot-News
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposed 2010-11 budget calls for a more than $11.2 million reduction in state funding for tourism marketing, a $3 million cut from this year and a $21.2 million cut from two years ago. About 150 tourism industry representatives convened at a Capitol Rotunda rally last week to call for the lost tourism promotion funds to be restored to at least $24 million. “Tourism cannot endure another budgetary cut,” said Scott Bowzer, owner of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire near Cornwall. “Tourism creates jobs.”
Impact of Ash Crisis Felt in All Sectors of Travel and Tourism
from Travel Weekly
Airlines bore the economic and operational brunt of Europe-wide airspace closures after Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull sent plumes of jet-unfriendly ash across the Continent, but the impact was felt in all sectors of the travel and tourism trade. More
EU in Urgent Move to Prevent Future Airspace
Blockages Due to Volcanic Ash
from the Los Angeles Times
Europe should help its aviation industry recover from up to euro2.5 billion ($3.3 billion) in losses from the volcanic ash crisis by reforming its air traffic control system, offering loans and suspending some rules like bans on nighttime flights, the European Union said Tuesday. The continent's air traffic control agency also assembled experts to determine whether national air authorities reacted appropriately to the ash threat, which airlines insist did not warrant a lengthy closure of large chunks of airspace. The experts will carry out a comprehensive review of the actual threat to aviation posed by the ash cloud and how effective closing an airspace really is. More
Out of the Ashes Comes a Different Attitude to Travel
from the Sunday Times
The author was meant to fly to and from Geneva last week, just one more hop after long months of air travel on business, so being grounded for once was pretty wonderful for him. That was a discovery in itself, one he hopes to act on in future by not doing things he would rather not do, or would rather do in another way. Every cloud of volcanic ash has a silver lining. The five-day closure of European air space -- the greatest disruption to the continent’s air travel since the second world war -- will have set all sorts of people reviewing any plans that take them across Europe’s borders. More
Save the Date: Marketing Outlook Forum
Explores the Road to Recovery, October 26-27
from the U.S. Travel Association
Are we there yet? With the industry showing gradual signs of improvement, find out what to expect down the road at the U.S. Travel Association’s Marketing Outlook Forum to be held this year October 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marketing Outlook Forum is the premiere travel research and marketing conference, featuring the most up-to-date forecasts, new and compelling research, the latest in consumer trends and much more. Registration opens June 2010. For more information, visit www.ustravel.org/events/marketing-outlook-forum.