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Corporation for Travel Promotion hires first CEO
from Travel Weekly
The Corporation for Travel Promotion, a public-private partnership formed to market the U.S. as a tourism destination, has its first CEO: hotel industry veteran Jim Evans. He comes to the Corporation for Travel Promotion from Ardent Hotel Advisors, a hotel management company he co-founded in 2006. Stephen Cloobeck, chairman of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, said Evans was the board's unanimous choice after considering dozens of candidates. More
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US visa system reform seen key to wooing tourists
from Reuters
The complicated U.S. visa system hurts tourism and must be reformed if the United States wants to attract lucrative tourism from countries like China, India and Brazil, travel industry officials said. The U.S. Travel Association announced a plan to help reform the visa process, which it said could create 1.3 million U.S. jobs and add $859 billion to the U.S. economy within the next 10 years through increased overseas tourism. More
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Global tourism industry summit lures big names to Las Vegas
from Vegas Inc.
It has been called the "Olympics of the tourism industry." For the host city — Las Vegas in this case — it has the potential to be an economic windfall. For the global tourism industry, it's a significant gathering to hash out the issues of the day. The World Travel & Tourism Council's 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit opens at CityCenter's Aria resort this week, bringing the industry's top executives to a Las Vegas stage. More
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Some states want TSA to ease up
from USA Today
If legislators in several states have their way, airport security screeners wouldn't be able to touch airline passengers' "private parts" and could be charged with a sex crime if they did. The more aggressive pat-down procedures ordered by the Transportation Security Administration in October, along with machines that peer through clothing, go too far and violate people's privacy and their protections from intrusive government, the legislators say. More
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More people expected to fly this summer
from CNN
Get ready for more company if you're flying this summer, especially if you're heading overseas. U.S. airlines will carry more than 206 million passengers during the months of June through August, a 1.5 percent boost compared to the same period last year, the Air Transport Association of America announced in its annual summer air travel forecast. More
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Americans ready for vacation, despite high gas prices
from USA Today
Many Americans, fed up with being pent up, appear determined to go on vacation this summer — even though they know it's going to cost them more than in recent years. More
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Social, mobile take off in corporate travel world
from eMarketer
The recession's relentless belt-tightening and the exploding use of online tools fundamentally have changed the way corporate travel is marketed and booked. Business travelers' growing facility with technology has played an important role in this evolution. More
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Survey: Some Americans shrug off federal travel warnings
from Los Angeles Times
In April alone, the U.S. State Department issued nine travel warnings, cautioning Americans about the risk of being victims of violence while traveling in places like Iraq, Syria and Mexico. But it seems few Americans completely change their travel plans in response to such warnings, according to a new online poll conducted by the Minneapolis-based travel company Travel Leaders. More
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