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Tourism Measure was Caught in Crosscurrents
from Roll Call
The Travel Promotion Act was a bipartisan piece of legislation that the Congressional Budget Office says would shave $500 million from the deficit over 10 years. On June 22, at around 5:30 p.m., it died, courtesy of a failed cloture vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a co-sponsor along with Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., called the bill’s demise a "evolting development in a body that has pledged to do good things for the country." More    E-mail article

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Tourists Pay Price as States Jack up Taxes
to Balance Budgets

from USA Today
Taxes on travel are soaring as states and cities target the wallets of tourists and business travelers for new revenue. Hotel taxes, car rental fees and other charges were jacked up in many states in an effort to balance budgets by last week, when the fiscal year started in 46 states. More    E-mail article

U.N. Agency Projects Decline in World Tourism
by up to 6 Percent

from Travel Agent Central
The U.N. World Tourism Organization says that international tourism fell 8 percent between January and April 2009 compared to the same period last year due to the global financial crisis and the swine flu outbreak. More     E-mail article

Make Travel Greener Campaign Aims for 20,000 Sign-ups
from Travel Weekly
A total of 11,000 travel industry professionals have signed up to the Travel Foundation's Make Travel Greener campaign, surpassing the target of 10,000 set for the end of the year. The success of the Make Travel Greener program has led the Travel Foundation to double the number of travel professionals it aims to sign up by 2010 to 20,000. More.    E-mail article

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Shielding a Meeting from Negative Publicity
from Meetings & Conventions
Choosing a secluded setting isn't the only way to shield a meeting from negative publicity. Meetings &Conventions Magazine spoke to planners, hoteliers and industry experts about their best practices for keeping an event out of the headlines. More    E-mail article

IAEE Joins with US Travel
For Travel Leadership Summit, September 16-17

from the Travel Daily News
To increase our voice at this year’s Travel Leadership Summit in September, U.S. Travel is joining forces with partners from across the travel industry. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is the first organization to come on board. IAEE will recruit its members to join U.S. Travel members in Washington, DC to call on Congress to use the power of travel to turn around the economy—starting with passage of the Travel Promotion Act. The Travel Leadership Summit will be held September 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. To register, go to Stay tuned for the announcement of other partnering groups. You may contact Melissa Gong at for partnership opportunities. More    E-mail article

Keep America Meeting Wins Coveted ISES Big Apple Awards
from Interest Alert
The industry-wide Keep America Meeting campaign was celebrated by the New York Metro Chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES) last week when ISES judges awarded Keep America Meeting two Big Apple Awards for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative and Best Use of Social Media. The 8th Annual New York Metro Chapter Big Apple Awards recognize honor and excellence in the special events industry. More    E-mail article

U.S. Travel Association, Travel Channel to Promote U.S. Travel
from Successful Meetings
Hoping to encourage more travel within the United States, the U.S. Travel Association has partnered with the Travel Channel in order to produce a weeklong primetime promotion taking place the week of Sept. 14, encouraging American citizens to explore their own country. More    E-mail article

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