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Despite Flu Fears, Tourism Officials Remain Optimistic
from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The travel industry is working to balance real health concerns with the potential economic devastation to tourism in its messages about swine flu. So far the response from the U.S. Travel Association and local travel agencies seems to be paying off. Reaction from the United Kingdom and Germany has been measured and even sympathetic to the United States, and local tourism leaders say they feel optimistic that the swine flu will have little impact on travel to Southwest Florida. More    E-mail article

Travel Planning and the Swine Flu: Understanding business and leisure traveler intentions.
Join in a syndicated study of travelers from the U.S. and international travelers from top inbound overseas markets to learn how travel planning may be shifting and how travel organizations can respond. Study to launch immediately. Contact Jon Mcloughlin, Mandala Research, or 415.867.5265.

Diseases Travel Fast, but So Do Tools to Fight Them
from The Washington Post
Although global pandemics are as old as history itself, diseases and the people who carry them have never been able to move so far, so fast. The number of international air travelers grew fivefold, to 824 million passengers per year, from 1980 to 2007. Although the world is more vulnerable to the rapid spread of disease, many experts say, it has never been more prepared. More    E-mail article

Homeland Security's Napolitano: "Passive Surveillance'
of U.S. Borders Sufficient to Contain Flu

from The Associated Press via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the policy of passive surveillance for swine flu at U.S. airports and land ports "makes sense" and sterner steps are not yet necessary. Napolitano also said the Obama administration wouldn't wait for a World Health Organization declaration of a pandemic to deliver a pandemic-like response. More    E-mail article

U.S. Travel Launches National "Rally Day"
to Raise Industry Awareness

from MeetingsNet
On May 12, the U.S. Travel Association will stage the first-ever U.S. Travel Rally Day to promote travel and meetings in communities across the country. Convention and visitors bureaus, local governments, and business leaders are invited to take part by organizing a community rally. The nationwide event will take place during the 26th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week, which is intended to promote travel and tourism through locally sponsored events in various communities across the country. More    E-mail article

Starwood's Chief: The Freefall Is Over
from Conde Nast Portfolio
Frits van Paasschen is Starwood's president and chief executive officer. A relative newcomer to the hospitality industry--he's been with the company for two years, after a two-year stint as was a senior executive at Nike for seven years before spending two years as president and CEO of Coors Brewing Co. and seven years as an executive with Nike--van Paasschen took time out from his party to speak with me about the state of the lodging business, the push to get business travelers back on the road, and whether the market has too many niche hotel brands. More    E-mail article

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Private Research Group Says Consumer Confidence Soars
in April Amid Hopeful Economic Signs

from The Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times
Hopeful signs that the worst may be over for the economy boosted Americans' moods in April, sending a closely watched barometer of sentiment to the highest level since November. The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose more than 12 points to 39.2, up from a revised 26.9 in March. The reading marks the highest level since November's 44.7 and well surpasses economists' expectations for 29.5. More     E-mail article

Luxury Hotels in Balancing Act with Price, Image
from CNN
Luxury hotels are bleeding occupancy and revenue at a rate far worse than the travel slump experienced after September 11, travel experts say. To overcome their financial woes, luxury hotels are dropping rates, giving customers incentives and finding ways to cut operating costs without compromising the integrity of their posh images. More    E-mail article

Summer Gasoline Prices Predicted To Stay Low
The price of regular gasoline tends to rise in the spring, a harbinger of the summer travel season. But energy experts said Tuesday anticipated low summer prices may foreshadow a bump up in travel. More    E-mail article

Take Advantage of Two FREE Opportunities on!
from the U.S. Travel Association
During National Travel and Tourism Week, will debut a domestic version of the website and in an effort to bring value to U.S. travel members, we are offering two free ways to participate (valid through the end of 2009):

- Submit your 160x600 banner advertisement to and receive free ad placement on the domestic site.

- Promote unlimited special offers/deals. Enter promotion code ustravel09 for free registration. Click here to get registered! (valid for the U.S. site only).

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