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US travel industry adding jobs faster than other sectors
from The Colorado Springs Business Journal
The U.S. travel industry has created jobs 26 percent faster than the rest of the economy, one travel industry economist said. The Labor Department reported recently that the economy added 80,000 new jobs in June, slightly up from the 77,000 it reported in May. After creating 226,000 jobs per month in the first quarter, the economy was only able to boost employment by an average of 75,000 per month in the second quarter, said David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. And, while some of this deceleration is chalked up to an unseasonably warm winter, there's no denying the recovery is in a soft patch. More
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Proposed per diem changes raise concerns
from HotelNewsNow.com
Looking to cut travel expenses for the federal government, the U.S. General Services Administration is re-evaluating its methodology to calculate federal per diem rates. The changes could have a widespread effect on the hotel industry. More
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Campaigns highlight economic importance of tourism to US
from The Washington Diplomat
The word "travel" conjures up different meanings for different people. For some, it's associated with luxurious escapes to exotic new locales. For others, it's a part of everyday business operations. But for a huge percentage of U.S. workers — and the cities in which they live — the travel industry is a source of income. More
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Discover America: Resurrecting tourism's lost decade
from Seeking Alpha
Brand USA, America's travel promotion office, has launched its first-ever campaign: "Discover America" targeting overseas visitors. The Land of Dreams advertisement is shot against backdrop of majestic landscapes and attractive people having fun. Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny) and a multicultural assortment of musicians tell the world, "It's closer than it seems; come and find your land of dreams." More
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Editorial: Kudos, and thank you
from Travel Weekly
Kudos to the board of directors of Brand USA, the public-private tourism promotion company launched by the Travel Promotion Act. After flipping through Brand USA's first annual report, for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011, it's clear the industry owes a debt of gratitude to the 11-member board that launched the company. The report indicates the board members and their employers donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars' worth of services to the corporation to get the company up and running. More
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Travel South introduces International Showcase!

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Gas price plunge pushes record July Fourth holiday driving
from Chicago Tribune
Falling gas prices were predicted to drive a near-record number of Fourth of July travelers in Southern California, according to an industry tracker. "We have seen four weeks in a row of double-digit decreases. The bottom kind of fell out of the oil market," said Marie Montgomery, Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman. More
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The fastest way through airport security
from The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program is open to some elite frequent fliers as well as travelers enrolled in one of the Customs and Border Protection's expedited entry programs: Global Entry, Nexus and Sentri. These travelers are considered less of a terrorist risk and therefore don't have to go through as stringent of a screening process. Speeding them through the checkpoint allows the TSA to dedicate more staff to other passengers, ideally reducing lines for them too. More
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Now arriving at ATPCo: Bag fee transparency
from Travel Weekly
Consumer rights advocates bemoan the lack of airline fee transparency in indirect points of sale. At least for bag fees, though, full pricing transparency now is available to indirect sales channels through the dominant fare publishing house. ATPCo in the past year has provided subscribers, including GDSs, a centralized database that includes a wealth of real-time information on bag fees and rules covering 349 airlines. More
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Value added: Choice Hotels chief bets future on tech, waffles
from The Washington Post
What is going to be the biggest change in the hotel industry in the next five years? The distribution game. Websites are going to come and go. Social media booking methods are going to be in a constant state of flux. Over the next three to five years, it's going to be huge in influencing booking. The hotel companies need to be sure they are keeping up with the consumers. More
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