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Oil Spill Tourism? Obama Urges Americans to
'Come Down Here and Visit'

from USA Today
Emerging from a meeting with Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Haley Barbour, R-Miss., President Obama delivered a plug for regional tourism, important to the economies of states all along the Gulf coast. "There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that have not been affected and will not be affected," Obama said. "If people want to help, the best way to help is to come down here and visit." More
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U.S. Travel Association Praises Obama's Support
of Gulf Tourism

from Travel Pulse
The U.S. Travel Association is praising President Obama for his strong leadership in encouraging continued travel to the Gulf states and communities along the coast, and for his efforts to ensure the travel and tourism businesses impacted by the oil spill have their claims processed fully and quickly. "Travel depends on perceptions -- and President Obama's 'open for business' message will help to protect the Gulf Coast's one million travel industry jobs and $94 billion in annual spending," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. More
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Gulf Oil Spill Scares off Some Vacationers
but Prompts Others to Visit

from The Washington Post
The impassioned commitment to traveling to the communities along the gulf, which are growing slicker by the day after the April 20 drilling rig explosion, may be unusual, but some think it hints at an incipient brand of oil-inspired tourism. Just as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina attracted waves of volunteer travelers eager to assist the communities affected by those disasters, the gulf could eventually attract its own form of sympathy travel. But the key word is "eventually." More
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Extraordinary Offers from Top Travel Brands Still Available
from Insurance News West
Incredible deals from top travel brands (Avis, Gaylord resorts, Harrah's, Loews and Omni hotels, and others) remain on sale at discounts up to 50 percent off through June 30 or until sold out at The website - created for Discover America Daily Getaways, a first-ever promotion by the U.S. travel industry with critical support from American Express - now houses new and remaining offers that were available to travelers during its original 30-day run, which ended last week. More
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Four Seasons Hotels Founder Sharp Named to
Travel Hall of Leaders

from Agent@Home
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts founder Isadore "Issy" Sharp (pictured) has been named the 2010 inductee into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Distinguished individuals are named to the Hall of Leaders maintained by the U.S. Travel Association for "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry, stimulated greater achievement, and raised industry-wide standards." More
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Business Travelers are Moving Again, but Frugally
from the Los Angeles Times
After an economic slump that put the brakes on business travel, the corporate world appears to be redeploying workers again to attend out-of-town meetings, conferences and conventions. But business travelers are hitting the road with a mind to pinch pennies by flying coach, cutting back on meals and even sharing hotel rooms with colleagues, according to a new survey of 700 business travelers nationwide. More
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What Will the Tourist Be Doing in 2030?
from 4Hoteliers
Tourism is about experiences, whether exploring an unfamiliar culture, shopping, lying on a beach or enjoying sport in far-flung places — or a little nearer home. What has changed is the massive growth in tourism, including both the choice of destinations and the number of tourists. What are the drivers and trends that will shape world tourism and the tourist of the future? More
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Registered Traveler Companies Try, Try Again
from USA Today
The business of getting travelers to pay for the front-of-the-line privilege at airport security checkpoints is attempting a comeback. The so-called registered traveler program shut down last year when the most dominant service provider, Clear, folded up shop after running out of money in June. Two companies — a reincarnation of Clear and iQueue, partly backed by Flo Corp. of Chantilly, Va. — are set to launch later this year. They say they're more viable this time because they have more reliable investors. But winning back customers may hold the key to their success. More
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Meet the Experts at Marketing Outlook Forum
from the U.S. Travel Association
The road to recovery may not always be a smooth one, but industry experts like Adam Sacks, Managing Director, Tourism Economics, and Dr. Peter Yesawich, Chairman and CEO, Ypartnership, will share their research, analyses and opinions on the best ways to market your products. Join them at U.S. Travel’s Marketing Outlook Forum held on October 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Register by September 10 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win 2 free nights during the Forum at the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. Stay an extra night in Vegas, and attend Acxiom’s Travel Marketers Continuing Education Workshop on October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, brought to you at no additional cost by Acxiom, Title Sponsor of the 2010 Marketing Outlook Forum.

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