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GSA scandal hits travel groups, convention hosts
from Reuters via Chicago Tribune
The fallout from the General Services Administration's headline-grabbing Las Vegas convention scandal is rippling through the travel and conference industries, who say their nascent recovery is being jeopardized by increasing scrutiny of government travel spending. Those industries predict a recent Obama administration directive to federal agencies to slash travel budgets, combined with congressional proposals to further cap agency spending and travel, could hurt hotels, conference centers, rental car agencies and other private companies. The U.S. Travel Association said hotel chains have reported spending trims and extra scrutiny already have contributed to millions of dollars in cancellations across the country. More
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Greenberg, Sain named to U.S. Travel's Hall of Leaders
from Travel Agent Central
Travel correspondent Peter Greenberg, a voice for travel, and the late Gary Sain, who tirelessly promoted travel during more than three decades in the industry, have been selected as the 2012 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Greenberg and Sain will be honored during U.S. Travel's winter board meeting Nov. 29 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Special recognition also will be given to Tom Nides, deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department for management and resources, and consular officers around the world for dramatically improving the visa experience for travelers from other countries wishing to visit the United States. More
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Cornell panel eyes strategy to increase international travel to US
from Hospitality Net
Executives from the nation's top travel and hospitality companies discussed "Expanding International Travel to the U.S." at the 10th edition of the Dean's Leadership Series, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA, said international travel to the U.S. has dropped since 9/11, but "no issue in our industry is more timely and relevant." More
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US official signals visa waiver status for Poland, Taiwan in 2012
from National Visas US
Taiwan and Poland are soon to be accepted into the United States' visa waiver program, a U.S. official said. In his statement during a press briefing June 13 to promote a new tourism initiative, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides said both the White House and the State Department are working to convince Congress to pass the necessary bill, the JOLT Act, that would add both Poland and Taiwan to the U.S. visa waiver program by the end of 2012. More
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G-20 recognizes economic role of world's travel industries
from Travel Examiner
The U.S. Travel Association on June 22 applauded G-20 leaders for recognizing the role travel plays in job creation and economic growth and development. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, stated, "The U.S. travel industry applauds the G-20 leaders, especially Presidents [Barack] Obama and [Felipe] Calderon, for recognizing the vital role travel plays in economies throughout the world." More
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Travel South introduces International Showcase!

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Brand USA CEO resigns; Beteta takes job on interim basis
from Travel Pulse
Brand USA, the organization formed to promote travel to the United States, said its chief executive officer, James Evans, is stepping down and will be replaced in the interim by Brand USA Chairman-elect Caroline Beteta. Brand USA's board of directors has begun a search for Evans' replacement. Evans' agreement to resign was reached in consultation with the board. The organization is positioning the move as part its evolution from a startup endeavor group to truly becoming the nation's signature destination marketing organization. More
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Fourth of July: AAA predicts top travel days for midweek holiday
from Los Angeles Times
Americans will be on the move this Independence Day. The folks at AAA predict that 42.3 million Americans, almost 5 percent more of us than last year, will be traveling at least 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July in a holiday period that stretches July 3-8. But with a midweek holiday, on what days are people going somewhere? More than half of those who intend to travel said they would start their vacations before the beginning of the work week that includes the Fourth of July, according to AAA's report. More
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Airline 'contracts' limit what passengers should expect
from USA Today
Randolph Jones Sr. travels more than 100,000 miles a year. In that time, his bags have been delayed three times and damaged once. He has been offered vouchers to take later flights because his was oversold. He's missed connecting flights at least five times. But the legal fine print in airlines' contracts of carriage really spells out the agreement you've got with the carrier when you buy a ticket. In a nutshell: The airlines promise to get you from one place to another — but that's all. More
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Young, social and paperless
from The New York Times
The children of the baby boom generation are the first generation who never knew life before the Internet. And because they are a growing portion of the workforce, the companies that employ them, as well as the hotels, airlines and other travel-related businesses that serve them, are having to change the way they talk to them, work with them and sell to them. More
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