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San Francisco seeks to wow tour operators
from San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco will be selling its biggest industry — tourism — to an international audience of tour operators and travel agents at an upcoming trade show that local officials hope will generate a flood of cash from overseas for the city's struggling economy. More
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Corporation for Travel Promotion names first CEO
from Vegas Inc.
The Corporation for Travel Promotion announced it has named Jim Evans as the organization's first CEO. Evans will be responsible for leading the organization's efforts to promote the U.S. as a travel destination and strengthen the country’s tourism industry. Evans previously held top positions at Best Western and Jenny Craig and also served as senior vice president for marketing at Hyatt. More
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Trade urges Obama administration to ease visa restrictions
from Travel Weekly
Concerns about an onerous visitor visa system dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council Summit recently, with participants telling administration officials this barrier to inbound visitors costs the U.S. millions of jobs and billions of dollars. More
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A Cabinet post on tourism? Obama aide says it would be nice
from Vegas Inc.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, admitted "secretary of tourism" has a nice ring to it. Jarrett said one thing she will take away from the World Travel & Tourism Council Summit is that the U.S. tourism industry is a significant enough economic engine to warrant a Cabinet-level position. More
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Lessons for US from World Travel &Tourism Council
from BNET
Peter Greenberg, the contrarian traveler, writes, "As we near the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what lessons have we learned about barriers of entry for business travelers, both here and abroad, and the devastating economic impact of those barriers?" More
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Tourism offices under scrutiny as states cope with budget cuts
from Travel Weekly
As states throughout the U.S. grapple with huge budget gaps, tourism offices find themselves fighting for funding amid increasing pressure to justify their role as generators of jobs and revenue. More
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Americans to travel with tight grip on wallets
from The Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
During Memorial Day weekend this year, Americans may be skipping the souvenir T-shirt. More people are expected to travel for the holiday than have since the Great Recession. But they'll be keeping a tighter grip on their wallets because of higher gas prices and airfares. More
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Road trip! The case for business travel despite gas price spike
from Forbes
Just when you thought it was safe to put your sales team back on the road — wham! Fuel costs are on the rise, and with them, a whole host of travel-related fees. But before you put your corporate travel program in mothballs, think again. More
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