Travel, Tourism Are 'Central' to Job Creation
from Successful Meetings
During the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow conference, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue told a crowd of 5,000 international travel and tourism executives that the travel industry plays a critical role in America's job growth and national security, the U.S. Chamber announced last week. "If Congress is looking for an industry that can spur the economy and create jobs, they need look no further than travel and tourism," Donohue said.
International perceptions of US travel brands and destinations to be captured in study on China, India, Brazil, Korea, Australia.
Travel companies and destinations now have a quick and efficient way to understand how they are perceived by visitors from these key emerging/growth markets.
A new study commissioned by Macy's and the Shop America Alliance provides access to organizations interested in their brand awareness and perception in China, India, Brazil, Korea, and Australia. Information on these travelers' experiences in the US and their travel behaviors, preferences, and attitudes are also captured in this upcoming study. Learn more.
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Pow Wow Brings Good News for Local Tourism Industry
from The Associated Press via the Orlando Business Journal
International Pow Wow 2010 brings together tourism destinations, businesses, organization and vendors from all over the world to showcase their products to media professionals, tour operators and tourism officials. This year’s event included more than 450 media professionals and 5,100 attendees. Next year’s event will be held in San Francisco from May 21-25.
US Visa Waiver Program Could Include Chile,
Argentina and Brazil
from the Merco Press
The Visa Waiver Program allows entry into the U.S. by foreign tourists from selected countries, for up to 90 days without having to obtain a tourist visa. “We are looking at the possibility of extending the Visa Waiver program for Argentina, Brazil and Chile,” said Dow during the 42nd International Pow Wow, an international business conference taking place this week in Orlando, Fla.
Visit Florida Tourism Board Uses Google Maps and
Twitter Feeds to Cleanse Oil-spill Fears
At least one tourism board, VisitFlorida.com, isn’t shying away from the threatening oil spill in its social media efforts. The destination marketing organization is out there on its website and in social media trying to inform the public about the latest oil-related beach developments. And, it is using Google Maps and Twitter to do its communicating.
Arizona Tourism Fears Boycotts
from The Wall Street Journal
The Arizona tourism industry is increasingly expecting a hit in the wake of the state's controversial new immigration law. Businesses, associations and municipalities across the country have announced boycotts of Arizona business and travel in protest. The cities of St. Paul, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others, have asked their employees to avoid traveling to Arizona. Phoenix could lose about $90 million in tourist and convention business over the next five years due to boycotts, says a spokeswoman for the city of Phoenix.
Online, How Much Security Is Too Much?
from The New York Times
The author of this article once read that air travel could be made 100 percent safe. But it would involve so many safety features, redundancies, precautions and strategies, that a plane ticket would cost $50,000, and there would be only 20 flights a day. The point is that there's a balance. You can make anything nearly risk-free, but at a huge price; often, you often ruin the experience in the process. Air travel has a nice balance - not a single United States commercial air-travel fatality in 2007 or 2008, yet plenty of flights and prices that aren't $50,000 apiece.
Travel Industry Showing Signs of Improvement
from the Chicago Tribune
Americans who plan to vacation this summer will spend more money and stay away longer than last year, according to a survey. Although the percentage of Americans who will travel this summer has remained about the same (51 percent), two-thirds of those who will hit the road said they plan to spend more money than they did a year earlier, and 74 percent will take the same length of vacation or longer, according to a survey commissioned by American Express Co. of 2,000 Americans.
Getaways and New Designs – Travel News
from Taking Off Travel Blog
As another ash cloud affects European air travel, the news is that train and boat companies are cleaning up (not unexpected, I admit). There’s no end date in sight for the eruption, causing many to choose a form of travel that they know won’t be disrupted – and who could blame them. It’s hard to think of any geological situation which would close down all of our airspace, but the author still wonders how long the chaos in Europe will continue to affect our global carriers.