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House to vote on tourism promotion effort — with deficit reduction bonus
from Roll Call
The next time you overhear French tourists visiting your city or town, don't forget to say "Merci beaucoup" to them for doing their part in deficit reduction.
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House Votes to Renew Brand USA
from Meetings & Conventions
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation that pays clear dividends for the U.S. economy: extending Brand USA and the work it does to attract international travelers and their dollars to America
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How to keep America's roads and bridges from crumbling
from Fortune
Last week, President Obama took steps to ramp up investments with new initiatives to encourage the private sector to invest in the nation's infrastructure.
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Travelers won't feel the benefits of higher TSA security fees
from WNBC
VideoBriefWell, you're going to have to pay more for your next airline ticket — TSA is more than doubling the fees already tacked on to every single airline ticket and U.S. Travel's Government Relations Vice President Patricia Rojas-Ungar says travelers should be frustrated with this user fee that's being diverted for other purposes.
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City politics abhors a vacation
from The New York Times
In 1975 the American vacation lasted, on average, more than a week. By 1985 it had shrunk to 5.4 days, and by 2010 to 3.8 days.
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Meetings are good for the economy and local businesses
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The summer season of conferences, conventions, business meetings, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions is in full swing — and with it comes the positive impact to local businesses and economies.
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Guests much more satisfied with hotels, study says
from USA TODAY
Travelers have reached their highest level of satisfaction with hotels in years because of improvements in facilities and services, a new study released recently finds.
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How U.S. state tourism boards use YouTube to drive visits
from Skift
Over the first half of 2014, 13 tourism boards have had over one million views on their respective YouTube channels. Of this group, 70 percent have over one thousand subscribers.
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Lincoln, FDR, and the power of the well-timed vacation
The Huffington Post
The science is in on what most people already intuitively know — we perform better, we think better, and we make better decisions when we're refreshed and well-rested — which happens after a summer vacation.

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Brand USA bill advances in House
Successful Meetings
Legislation to reauthorize Brand USA has advanced in the House of Representatives thanks to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, which on July 11 voted unanimously in favor of the Travel Promotion Act.

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Summer vacation prices are driven higher by surging demand
Los Angeles Times
Americans will spend an average of $1,246 per person on summer vacations — about $100 more than last year, according to an online survey of 1,500 adults by American Express.

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Government travel spending plateaus after years of cuts
from Federal Times
Federal travel spending is down about eight percent from the same time last fiscal year, according to federal data.
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Leisure travel rebounding after recession
from West Hawaii Today
More than five years after one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history, a lot of us have decided it's safe to take a vacation again.
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Webinar: How to Create the Ultimate Road Trip to ESTO
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On Tuesday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET, a member of U.S. Travel's marketing team will walk through how to create the Ultimate Road Trip Itinerary via Pinterest, giving you all the tools your organization needs to take home the prize at ESTO — a $5,000 ad package from TripAdvisor. Sign-up now!
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