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US travel, tourism on pace for record-setting year
from International Business Times
The U.S. travel and tourism industry is looking at a record-setting year, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced July 13, with both spending and visitor numbers well above last year's figures. "In May, international visitors spent nearly $14 billion in travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the U.S.," Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank said at the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Meeting in Dearborn, Mich. "That's $1 billion (8 percent) more than May of last year, and it marks 29 straight months of growth. This also means that we are on pace for a record-setting year with international visitors having spent over $68 billion so far, up 12 percent compared to last year." More
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US sees record 1 million visa requests from China
from China Daily
President Barack Obama's initiative to boost international tourism has pushed the U.S. government to process a record 1 million visa applications from China so far during fiscal year 2012. "This extraordinary accomplishment represents visa processing growth of almost 43 percent over the same period last fiscal year, when we had processed just over 675,000 visa applications in China," the State Department announced. More
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U.S. Travel Association commends Brazil working group
from Travel Agent Central
Expanding travel from Brazil came a step closer as the Department of Homeland Security — earning praise from the U.S. Travel Association — announced its intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program Working Group with Brazil. The agreement was signed by U.S. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Brazil's Foreign Minister. The positive economic impact of adding Brazil to the VWP would be welcomed across the country — particularly in travel-heavy states like Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada and California, U.S. Travel says. More
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Why long airport security lines are going away
from The Street
The long lines of passengers waiting to pass through airport security are not gone — not yet, at least. But the most important transition in the 11-year history of the Transportation Security Administration is underway as the agency moves to implement its Pre-Check program, which allows select passengers to pass through security in about 30 seconds, not only expediting the clearance of those passengers but also shortening wait times for other passengers. More
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After criticism, 9th Circuit cancels 2013 conference
from Roll Call
After being pressured by Senate Republicans over the cost concerns of an upcoming judicial conference in Maui, Hawaii, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced it has canceled next year's annual conference and will hold the 2014 conference in Monterey, Calif. More
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Travel South introduces International Showcase!

Increase your international tourism business while EXPERIENCING the Southern U.S. at Travel South International Showcase! Space is limited! Atlanta, GA. November 26-29.

US travel sector creating jobs 26 percent faster than rest of economy
from World Property Channel
According to David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, the U.S. travel sector is doing a better job at creating jobs than most other sectors of the economy. Huether tells World Property Channel, "The Labor Department reported that the economy added just 80,000 new jobs in June, similar to the revised 77,000 gain in May. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained perched at 8.2 percent for a second consecutive month." More
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Travelers want greener flights, and more of them
from e-Travel Blackboard
Air travelers want to have their cake and eat it too. A survey by Airbus has revealed that a majority of travelers expect to fly more in the future but are concerned about the environmental impacts of air travel as well as the noise of jets and the stress of flying. More
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UN tourism chief gives carbon tax warning
from AAP via The Telegraph
United Nations' World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said revenue from the carbon tax on aviation should be invested in harnessing and promoting green travel. The recently introduced carbon tax is imposed on domestic aviation in Australia. Rifai acknowledges the delicate relationship between the environment and tourism, which is a substantial contributor to carbon pollution, but says taxes must be balanced. More
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FEMA seeks support for Pledge to Prepare campaign
from Federal Emergency Management Agency
Earlier this year FEMA kicked off its campaign to get all Americans to "Pledge to Prepare." For the first time, this is a yearlong campaign that will culminate with National Preparedness Month in September. The goal and theme this year is to turn awareness into action — in other words, don't just sign up; sign up and do something meaningful, measurable and visible. Even if you signed up last year, you need to sign up again to have access to countless tools, forums and calendars to share, promote and repurpose the best programs and ideas. More
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