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Tribute event planned for Gary Sain
from Meetings Focus
For those who were shocked and saddened in May by the sudden passing of Gary Sain, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, here's a chance to honor the tireless advocate of his destination. The U.S. Travel Association plans to honor Sain with a tribute event June 26 in Washington, D.C. Proceeds will benefit the Gary C. Sain Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. More
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U.S. Travel Association's Rossi Ralenkotter
from Travel Weekly
Rossi Ralenkotter is the CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and also serves as chairman of the U.S. Travel Association, at a time when the meetings segment is still coping with the backlash over the General Services Administration's misuse of federal funds for lavish meeting expenditures. Ralenkotter shares his insights in this Q-and-A exchange. More
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Brand USA striving to qualify for federal matching funds
from Travel Weekly
As Brand USA continues its fundraising efforts, the country's new national tourism campaign still needs to find $20 million in in-kind investments by Sept. 30 to qualify for up to $100 million in matching federal funding. What's more, those matching dollars are being challenged as part of heated government spending debates in an unusually contentious election year. More
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Where Memorable becomes Unforgettable.

Situated in Key West's Old Town, The Reach offers a captivating escape. This charming boutique hotel fuses both beach side fun and relaxation. Featuring the only natural beach on the island as our own backyard where you can enjoy the soft sand, endless sunshine, and an array of exciting water sports. For information visit www.reachresort.com

U.S. Travel applauds President's Export Council recommendations
from Hotel News Resource
New proposals will increase U.S. exports through international travel and close the trade gap, according to the President's Export Council. The measures, applauded by the U.S. Travel Association, include shorter visa wait times, expansion of the Visa Waiver Program and longer-term visas. "In 2010, President Obama set a goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015, and since then the U.S. travel industry has taken the lead in identifying and removing barriers to increased international travel," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. More
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The candidates and your bottom line
from Travel Weekly
The 2012 campaign is approaching full throttle, where it will remain until November. During the coming months, you will be deluged with information on the divergent views that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hold on economics, social issues and foreign affairs. But what, if anything, will be said about the travel and tourism industry, which the U.S. Travel Association says represents 1 in every 9 jobs in the U.S.? More
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Travel South introduces International Showcase!

Increase your international tourism business while EXPERIENCING the Southern U.S. at Travel South International Showcase! Space is limited! Atlanta, GA. November 26-29.

Hoteliers tell government: Fix US airports and visa problems
from Travel Weekly
Some leading hoteliers at the recent New York University International Hospitality Industry conference had a blunt message for various levels of government in the U.S., ranging from local to federal: When it comes to international travel policies and airport operations, lead, follow or get out of the way. More
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Summer travel: Decline in gas prices, job stability boosting vacations
from The Ledger
Jennifer Olivier is taking her family on a multistate road trip this summer, with stops planned for Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Washington, D.C., and Charleston, S.C. In addition to a full itinerary, Olivier has a detailed battle plan for cutting costs. Like Olivier, more Floridians and U.S. residents are expected to take summer vacations this year — even if it means keeping a tight travel budget. More
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TSA reputation comes under fire
from The Washington Post
Like a heat-seeking missile, House Republicans are fixed on the Transportation Security Administration, and they are being helped by a small but attention-grabbing group of its officers. With their actions, the officers seem almost eager to trash the agency's reputation. The latest group of transportation security officers aiding and abetting attacks on their agency's character are the 42 employees facing discipline on charges they did not conduct random, secondary screenings at the airport in Fort Myers, Fla., last year. More
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Ex-TSA head: Leftover screening rules 'clogging up the system'
from CBS News
The former head of the Transportation Safety Administration defended recently enacted security protocols enacted by TSA, but said the problem with aviation security today is that too many ineffective procedures have been retained. When asked on "CBS This Morning" if airport security procedures are reactive rather than proactive, former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley replied, "I think they are proactive. The problem is not that they're not proactive; the problem is they don't get rid of the old ones when they're no longer needed." More
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Hotel industry unites on carbon footprint measure
from USA Today
As more companies pay attention to the carbon footprint their employees' travel leaves behind, a diverse group of hotel operators has announced a timely collaboration. Hilton, Marriott and MGM Resorts and 20 other companies have agreed to adopt a uniform way to calculate their hotels' carbon footprint, the World Travel & Tourism Council announced. The initiative will give customers "more transparency and clarity," says WTTC CEO David Scowsill. More
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