Obama administration launches national travel, tourism strategy
from The Examiner
The Obama administration has launched a national strategy to increase the number of international visitors in the United States to 100 million annually, with $250 billion in spending, by 2021 and to restore the U.S. as the No. 1 international destination in the world. To reach that goal, Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the administration's National Tourism and Travel Strategy — delivering on Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States. More
Obama administration sets goal of 100 million visitors by 2021
from Travel Weekly
The Obama administration set a goal of attracting 100 million annual international visitors to the U.S. by 2021, up from a projected 65.4 million this year. The increase is expected to boost international visitor spending from $153 billion to $250 billion. The goal, announced in the middle of National Travel and Tourism Week, is the capstone of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, unveiled at a White House press conference by Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. More
Obama administration issues new travel and conference rules
from The Washington Post
In the wake of the General Services Administration scandal over an excessive Las Vegas conference, the Obama administration has placed new restrictions on federal travel and meetings. Jeffrey D. Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in a recent memo, "Each agency shall spend at least 30 percent less on travel expenses covered by this memorandum than in fiscal year 2010." More
White House orders deeper federal travel cuts
from Travel Weekly
The White House Office of Management and Budget has instructed federal agencies to cut fiscal year 2013 travel expenses by 30 percent from 2010 levels, 10 percentage points deeper than previously ordered cuts. Federal agencies "must maintain this reduced level of spending each year" through fiscal year 2016, according to a May 11 memo from Office of Management and Budget acting director Jeff Zients. More
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U.S. Travel gets seat at TSA table
from National Journal
U.S. Travel Association executive vice president Geoff Freeman has been tapped to chair the Passenger Advocacy subcommittee of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee at the Transportation Security Administration, which the association says will help the industry advocate for improved security and customs procedures. "Travelers deserve to have a voice in Washington when it comes to the aviation screening process and entry procedures," Freeman said. More
2012 National Travel & Tourism Week biggest ever
from Successful Meetings
On May 5, the U.S. Travel Association launched its 29th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13 in honor of the 14.4 million U.S. jobs supported by the U.S. travel industry. This year's event, U.S. Travel announced, was the largest to date, with more than 120 cities and states holding rallies and events — nearly double last year's participation. More
Hotels are hiring as Americans hit the road
from Bloomberg Businessweek
Hotels are hiring. That simple statement is giving hope to many long-unemployed or underemployed Americans who see hotel jobs as a pathway back to full-time work — low-paying, long-hours work, but a job nonetheless. Hotels and motels are getting busier as Americans feel a little more secure economically and are taking vacations. More
Big business globally cautious about spending on travel
from USA Today
Big businesses throughout the world are cautious about spending money on travel this year, saying in a new survey that they're most likely to send employees on trips only if they think it will generate revenue. The major exception is in the U.S., a survey of major financial chiefs indicates. More
Final goodbye for Visit Orlando's Gary Sain
from Bright House Networks
A final goodbye was offered to a man who was instrumental in making the Orlando, Fla., area one of the top destinations — not only in the country, but also in the world. Through words and pictures, those who gathered at Longwood's Northland Church used the same description of Gary Sain: His smile, and the orange tie — or anything orange. Even a Santa suit. While he served as CEO and president for Visit Orlando for a handful of years, speakers who memorialized him said it seemed like he had been there for 20. More
U.S. Travel Association takes road trip
Once in a while, it's nice to see political advocates put their money where their mouth is, which is exactly what folks from the U.S. Travel Association have done by traveling more than 20,000 miles in a bus to promote the travel industry. It's about as exciting as a political road trip can get. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the association, gave POLITICO a tour of the bus in March — a video of which is available at www.politico.com — and said he and his colleagues aren't above letting their hair down a little. More
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