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U.S., Brazil leaders pledge to go visa-free
from Travel Weekly
President Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff pledged to work toward visa-free travel between the two nations after meeting June 30.
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Americans taking less vacation, and it's threatening our relationships
from TODAY
A new study found that Americans are taking less vacation time than ever before, only 16 days a year, and it's taking a toll on their personal lives.
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Clearing the air on Open Skies
from The Huffington Post
U.S. Travel Association's President and CEO Roger Dow responds to a recent Huffington Post column.
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Arianna Huffington just adopted a brilliant strategy to help employees take stress-free vacations
from Business Insider
This new program at the Huffington Post blocks all incoming emails to employees on vacation.
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To increase loyalty, segment your customer, not the market
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Today, successful hotel brands recognize that travelers wear many hats, and to keep customers loyal, they have to meet a host of travel needs.
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Reduced competition nudges airline fares higher, analysis shows
from The Associated Press via NBC News
The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation's major airports.
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American Express survey finds travelers want high-tech, high-touch
from TravelPulse
American Express unveiled results of a new survey that found travelers in the future will use both high-tech options and high-touch human service to create unique travel experiences.
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The U.S. Travel Association wants you to pay less taxes on airfares
from Collaborate Meetings
Sensing an opportunity to push back against rising airline costs, the U.S. Travel Association is petitioning Congress to cut some of the taxes associated with airfare.
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3 new national monuments are established by Obama
from The New York Times
President Obama announced three new national monuments covering more than a million acres in California, Texas and Nevada, in an effort to preserve public land.
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Agritourism: where travel meets agriculture
from U.S. News & World Report
Agritourism is simply where travel meets agriculture; it happens when an operating farm or ranch opens up to the public and offers activities.
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And then the earth shook: Google enters travel booking
from Skift
Travelers can now book some hotels right on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+.
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Airlines pocket record $38B from extra fees
from CNBC
A new report found ancillary fee revenue grew at a double-digit pace last year.
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What American airports can learn from the rest of the world
from Skift
Airport performance and user experience needs to be assessed against global standards, and not domestic mediocrity.
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The #ESTOroadtrip Returns!
from U.S. Travel Association
The Ultimate Road Trip to ESTO is back! We debuted the #ESTOroadtrip competition last year, and you all had so much fun that we're doing it again for ESTO 2015 in Portland, Ore., August 23-25. Just follow these five steps to create the Ultimate Road Trip Itinerary, and if yours is chosen as the best at ESTO, you'll win a TripAdvisor advertising package valued at $5,000. (And no, you don't actually have to drive to Portland to win!) Register today, and we'll see you there!
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