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National Travel and Tourism Week highlights
tourism's benefits

from The Times
The week of May 7-14 marks National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States. Tourism's effect on the national, state and local economies cannot be understated, and the jobs the travel and tourism industries provide the American workforce are substantial. Travel and tourism is one of America's largest industries, employing more workers than both the insurance and auto industries. More
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Travelers vigilant after Bin Laden's death
from CNN
Travelers expressed both relief and concern about the death of Osama Bin Laden, the terror mastermind who changed airport security forever after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bin Laden's killing brought immediate global travel warnings even as many fliers pondered whether the terror threat they've had to worry about for almost a decade ultimately would subside. More
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How the new DOT airline rules will benefit you
from USA Today
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a sweeping new set of rules expanding the situations in which airlines must provide compensation to fliers and requiring greater disclosure. Here's a look at how the new rules will affect you. More
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The great gas gorge: Will soaring gas prices really affect the upcoming travel season? These experts say there's no way!
from Hotel Interactive
Is the fuel tank half-empty or half-full? It's a question most hotel operators would rather not have to answer this time of year as they ponder what increases in rate or occupancy, if any, await in the summer season. Veterans say the lodging industry has been down this road before, knows what to do and is doing it. More
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Business travel costs taking off
from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Travel is getting more expensive as airlines raise fares and hotels and rental car agencies charge more in an improved economy. The average cost of a domestic airline ticket was $423 in the first three months of the year, according to a new survey from Runzheimer International, a travel management firm in Racine County, Wisc. That was up 6 percent from late 2010, the survey noted. More
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DHS ends National Security Entry-Exit Registration System
from Security Debrief
The Department of Homeland Security finally is eliminating one of the worst vestiges of the immediate aftermath of 9/11: the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which requires special travel procedures for those coming from more than two dozen countries that raised terrorism concerns. More
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Piecing together the true cost of flying
from The New York Times
For the past two weeks, I’ve been complaining about the fees and surcharges that some hotels add to the bill for things like maid service, bellhop availability and landscaping. But travelers also have been telling me to look harder at the fees the airlines are conjuring. More
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Small budget airlines zoom between small cities
from The New York Times
Eva Pickens has made the drive between Huntsville, Ala., where her son lives, and her hometown near Destin, Fla., too many times to count. So when she saw that a carrier called Vision Airlines was advertising $49 one-way nonstop flights between the two places, she snapped up a ticket. By comparison, "filling up my gas tank now costs, like, $62," said Pickens, a community association manager for a beachfront condo. As major carriers continue to raise rates and cut capacity, budget airlines with names such as Vision, Sun Country and Direct Air, which operate mainly out of small American cities, are adding new flights with low fares. More
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Why 'free' tickets cost so much
from The Wall Street Journal
What's the price of "free" at airlines these days? Your next frequent-flier award flight may cost you $800 or more in fuel surcharges, on top of your thousands of hard-earned miles. Airlines outside the U.S. have run fuel surcharges up to high-altitude levels and charge them, plus taxes and government fees, even when you redeem miles for frequent-flier awards. You also get charged in some cases when you use your U.S. airline miles for a ticket on a partner airline. The sneaky surcharge may even surprise you when you exchange credit card points in an airline program to claim "free" travel. More
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