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10 biggest changes in travel in the past 10 years
from USA Today
It turns out writer Bill McGee has been writing about the challenges facing travelers in this space for 10 years now. That's about 120 columns, approximately 12,000 words and a heap of spirited reader comments. This milestone spurred me to consider what the truly monumental trends have been over the past decade for consumers seeking safe, reliable, economic travel choices.
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Airport delays provide lesson on infrastructure, operations costs
from The Washington Post
It was a quasi-disaster for people who fly and easy pickings for television crews working the surly airport crowds that seethed as thousands of flights were delayed for hours on end. By the weekend, however, the heads of those angry passengers rested on pillows at their intended destinations. Wall Street showed no great concern that commerce had been put at risk. The aviation system still worked despite cuts intended to save $200 million.
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Customs to tired travelers: 'Call your congressman'
from The Washington Examiner
Customs and Border Protection agents at Washington Dulles International Airport told a shocked line of Americans returning from overseas trips recently to complain to their congressmen and senators after the three agents handling U.S. citizens were abruptly sent home in a sequester bid to avoid paying overtime.
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Next week: National travel and tourism week
from Travel Weekly
We are a few days from National Travel and Tourism Week, which begins May 4 and peaks on May 7, National Rally Day. If you're participating in a rally or related event, good. If not, at least bear in mind that there is such a thing as National Travel and Tourism Week, that it's usually observed during the first week of May, and that if you miss it this year, you can double down in 2014, which will be the 40th anniversary.
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Congress acts on flight delays, what's next?
from NPR
It appears Congress decided not to leave town while airport delays pile up. The Senate miraculously approved a measure to restore funding for air traffic controllers, and the House followed suit on April 26. Considering this turn of events, could other sequester interventions be in the offing?
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Your ticket now says if you can speed through TSA security
from NBC News
Delta, United and US Airways are now alerting qualified passengers to their PreCheck status with a "TSA PreCheck" alert on mobile and paper boarding passes. That's because passengers eligible for TSA’s PreCheck program offering expedited security screening at 40 airports are sometimes unaware of their status and unsure of which checkpoint line to join.
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US, UK and Canada woo leisure travelers from India
from The Economic Times
Many Indian families will be visiting their kin in the U.S. this summer; or parents will be visiting campuses where their children are studying. But the U.S. commerce department, along with big tour operators in India, has been working towards making U.S. an independent leisure destination for Indian tourists, rather than just visits to friends and relatives or VFR, as that segment is called.
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Tourism booms at national monuments
The Hill
Tourism is big business in Washington, D.C., this time of year. People from across the country and around the world are climbing all over the cherry blossoms and discovering America's greatest historical figures, from Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and the Roosevelts...

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Is tourism America's hot new growth sector?
Yahoo! Finance
As we move deeper into the second quarter, the realities of summer and all the seasonal trends that go with it begin to come into focus. For many of us, warmer weather means vacation time. And even though the broader economy continues to grind along in low gear...

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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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Why travel needs to have a bigger seat at the table in U.S. immigration debate
from Skift
As the immigration reform debate is in full swing in U.S. Congress, all relevant parties are making sure their voices get heard. As part of that, tourism, a big stakeholder with thousands of jobs at stake tied to easing of the immigration and visa policies, has so far had a smaller voice at the table.
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Latin American business, political leaders see strong growth
from Euro Investor via Dow Jones Newswires
Business and political leaders in Peru this week for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting on Latin America said they expect the region to continue to post strong economic growth, but there could be several bumps along the way.
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Global Entry card makes ordinary fliers feel like VIPs
from The Sacramento Bee
Holy cow! The government did something right. Global Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "trusted traveler" program, is the best thing to come along for frequent travelers since rolling luggage.
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Air traffic control shouldn't be a government responsibility
from The Washington Post
The sequester-related budget cuts that led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to furlough air-traffic controllers, resulting in flight delays at virtually all major U.S. airports, has Congress and the administration pointing fingers at each other. But perhaps a more useful issue to address is why air-traffic controllers are FAA employees. There is no good reason for air traffic control and safety regulation to be under the same FAA umbrella, a setup that creates more problems than it solves.
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New research tool
from U.S. Travel Association
U.S. Travel is pleased to announce the launch of a new research tool Top Travel Rankings. This online resource is the ideal way to see where your organization stands, by providing more than 100 rankings rich in data and graphics. Top Travel Rankings offers authoritative and easy-to-use information for travel professionals.
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