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July sizzles for Brazilian visitors to Miami
from The Miami Herald
These may be the dog days of summer in South Florida, but for Brazilian visitors, July is prime time. It's winter vacation season south of the equator, and despite a slowing economy and a weakening currency in South America's largest country, Brazilians' appetite for South Florida visits hasn't waned. Everything from glamorous events to woo Brazilians to buy luxury condos to special shopping tours and cultural activities have been timed for July, the height of the Brazilian social season — in Miami. More
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Survey: Americans will change vacation plans to save money
from Los Angeles Times
Given the still unsteady economy, a vast majority of Americans say they are willing to change their summer vacation plans at the last minute if it means saving a few bucks, according to a new survey. The poll of more than 2,000 Americans taken online by the travel website Travel-ticker.com found that 83 percent of those with vacation plans could be swayed to change plans if presented with a better deal. More
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Court: Airlines can't post fares without government fees
from Dallas Business Journal
Airlines won't be able to advertise airfares that don't include government taxes and fees. A federal appeals court July 31 rejected a challenge from the airline industry, including Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, which argued that the new Department of Transportation rule violated their commercial free speech rights. More
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Where Memorable becomes Unforgettable.

Situated in Key West's Old Town, The Reach offers a captivating escape. This charming boutique hotel fuses both beach side fun and relaxation. Featuring the only natural beach on the island as our own backyard where you can enjoy the soft sand, endless sunshine, and an array of exciting water sports. For information visit www.reachresort.com

Tourists from Beijing to Buenos Aires buoy US exports
from Bloomberg
Spending by overseas visitors on everything from airfares to hotel stays climbed 8.1 percent over the 12 months ended in May, to $13.9 billion, figures from the U.S. Commerce Department show. The increase was almost double the 4.2 percent gain in total exports. Purchases by foreign tourists count as exports, which have been among the mainstays of the three-year economic expansion. More
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Editorial: Airlines addicted to their fees
from USA Today
The airline industry's business model these days could be described as: Put your customers in a state of high anxiety — afraid they'll be stuck in middle seats, with no legroom, no food and no place to stow carry-on bags — then give them a chance to buy their way out. 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.

TSA chief: Airport scans here to stay
from The Aspen Times via The Denver Post
The inconveniences and hassles associated with air travel these days — removing shoes and liquids at airport security checkpoints, for example — are here to stay, John Pistole, chief of the Transportation Security Administration, said recently. Pistole, appearing at the Aspen Security Forum in a one-on-one interview with ABC "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran, spent more than an hour explaining the TSA's missions and vulnerabilities before a packed audience at the Aspen Meadows' Doerr-Hosier Center. More
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GSA's poor decision-making is hurting St. Louis, other cities
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The St. Louis area took a $6 million punch in the gut when the General Services Administration recently announced it was cancelling the upcoming GovEnergy conference. When the government enters into a contract and refuses to honor that contract, it's inexcusable. The GSA's excuse? There wasn't "sufficient time" to make the conference "compliant" with standards announced in May. More
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How to avoid vacation starvation
from Chicago Tribune
Every summer, some people break free for a glorious vacation while many others remain shackled to their cubicles, concocting reasons/excuses for why they couldn't possibly abandon their jobs for even a few days. How to decide the best course? Take a clean sheet of legal paper. Write down every reason you cannot take a respite from the job. Now crumple the paper and toss it in the trash. You. Need. A. Vacation. More
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As airlines do the shuffle, passengers try to follow
from The New York Times
With airplanes flying more full than ever and airlines shuffling their fleets to eliminate smaller jets and focus more on flying bigger planes in major markets that provide the most revenue, passengers are finding themselves in a game of musical chairs. The cramped, 50-seat regional jets that were the backbone of service for midsize and smaller markets are disappearing. In some markets, that means service is being eliminated. In others, though, it means reduced schedules on fewer routes, served by slightly bigger planes. More
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Benefits of travel outweigh hardships, business travelers say
from USA Today
Business travelers may grumble about the hardships of the road. But a new, extensive survey of their views of life on the road reveals most appreciate their transient lifestyle. The survey of 1,001 business travelers, conducted by market research company TNS for Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites, finds 92 percent are satisfied with how much they travel. More
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