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Loews' Tisch urges travel industry to tackle infrastructure
from Successful Meetings
Addressing attendees at the 34th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels, said the travel industry must take on the challenge of improving the nation's aging infrastructure and seize the opportunities presented by a boom in global travel. "Let's help find the solutions to an infrastructure problem that is too big and too complex for either government or industry to solve on their own. We're deluding ourselves if we think our industry can thrive if we don't fix this problem." More
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U.S. Travel Association commends JOLT bills
from Immigration Direct
The newly introduced House and Senate versions of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel, or JOLT, Act of 2012 were presented by the U.S. Travel Association. This legislation likely will boost job creation and improve national security. This will be done through the provisions that can make reforms in the visa system that will improve the entry process and expand the visa waiver program. This new JOLT bill is aimed at improving the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to stimulate international tourism to the United States. More
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Study lists 10 most hard-to-track travel fees
from USA Today
Airline, hotel and car rental fees are becoming increasingly problematic for companies and business travelers because they're often difficult to track, a new study has found. The fees that are the most vexing to companies and travel managers are those that are least predictable, can't be paid in advance and are difficult to account for individually, according to research by the Global Business Travel Association, which represents 17,000 travel and meetings managers. More
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Alaska Airlines imposes fee to gate-check oversize, extra carry-ons
from The Seattle Times
While some domestic airlines are weighing the idea of discouraging passengers from lugging oversize carry-on bags onto planes by imposing a charge at the gate on bags that exceed the posted size limits, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines already quietly changed its policy to add a new fee. "Items exceeding the free carry-on allowance will be charged $25 per piece and tagged for delivery to baggage claim at your destination," reads an entry posted on the airline's website under "Carry-On Baggage" policies. More
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Labor union opposes travel taxes in California's San Mateo County
from Travel Agent
Teamsters Local 853 joined with local and national travel industry leaders to urge San Mateo County, Calif., residents to vote "No" on new tax measures, the U.S. Travel Association reports, saying the tax hikes threaten local economic growth. The announcement is the latest signal of the strong opposition building against the sweeping travel tax measures proposed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, U.S. Travel says. More
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Airlines to Congress: 'Stop looking at us as a cash cow'
from USA Today
The airline industry recently warned Congress against heaping new taxes on them, saying transport and tourism are too important to the U.S. economy to be hamstrung with higher taxes or more regulation. "We need government to stop looking at us as a cash cow and look at us as an economic engine," says Douglas Lavin, the International Air Transport Association's vice president for North America. More
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Official: Glitch in bid for US visa waiver will be sorted soon
from CNA via Focus Taiwan News Channel
The main problem standing in the way of Taiwan's inclusion in the United States' visa waiver program has to do with the status of overseas Taiwanese, but the issue will be resolved within three months, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Bruce Linghu, director general of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs, said it is a "technical problem" that can be sorted out within months. More
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How much do we really hate the TSA?
from CNN
Travel industry watchers say the mood toward the Transportation Security Administration isn't at its worst right now, but it's at risk of getting there. Ten years since the agency's creation — and nearly 11 since the last major act of terrorism aboard a U.S. plane — travelers still detest the TSA. But while the TSA doesn't count grumbles as fliers remove their shoes or leave behind oversized shampoo bottles, the number of complaints received by phone or email has decreased, according to TSA data. More
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Report: US travel, hotel bookings up 21 percent
from ConsumerAffairs.com
If you're planning to do some summer travel this season, you may want to start booking those rooms right now, as travel reports suggests U.S. consumers will be traveling in greater numbers this summer than in 2011. At this year's Annual Leisure and Travel Summit, Best Western International, AAA and U.S. Travel Association agreed that although summer travel will increase this season, consumers still are keeping a close eye on what they decide to spend on travel. More
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