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US travel industry supports immigration reform
from The Washington Post
As Congress leaves Washington for its extended August recess, it feels like immigration reform efforts are succumbing to a slow death, and that is bad news for businesses such as Marriott, for the country and probably for the Republican Party. In June, the Senate rallied to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would greatly enhance growth prospects for the travel industry and the overall economy.
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Can technology make Customs entry easier?
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
VideoBrief Long lines at U.S. entry points represent potential lost revenue for U.S. businesses. One group is taking to the web to spread their message that U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs an overhaul.
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Marriott's Sorenson: How to make the US the world's No.1 travel destination
from Free Enterprise
Travel and tourism is a $2.0 trillion industry in the U.S., supporting 14.6 million U.S. jobs and accounting for nearly 3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. However, the United States' popularity as an international destination has waned in the last decade. Its share of total international arrivals in 2012 was 6.4 percent, down from 7.5 percent in 2000.
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    It's time to rally behind Brand USA (HotelNewsNow)
TSA 'PreCheck' expansion expected to enroll 88,000 in six months (Los Angeles Times)
Delta CEO's Customs-lines rant shows impact of US cuts (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Travel association talks up government travel (POLITICO)
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Family trips make for lasting memories
from The Boston Globe
A recent poll conducted on behalf of the U.S. Travel Association found that family vacations create some of the fondest and most lasting memories for children and adults. The results, released by the nonprofit organization that promotes travel to and within the United States, are probably not a surprise to most families.
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Uncle Sam wants you – to visit
from Philippine Daily Inquirer
The U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA are working feverishly to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of welcoming 100 million foreign tourists to the States by 2021. Several tourist hotspots, including the West Coast, Las Vegas, and Florida — three of the most visited destinations by Filipinos traveling to the United States — are beefing up their attractions to help achieve this ambitious goal.
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The US border paradox: Analysis
from Albany Tribune
Chile is in the final stages of being accepted into the United States Visa Waiver Program, only waiting for the on-site visit from the Department of Homeland Security to confirm that all the pieces are in order.
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    10 signs that US infrastructure is a disaster
    from Business Insider
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released its annual infrastructure report card, and the prognosis for the country's roads, bridges, and public facilities isn't good. America's infrastructure has been in bad shape for years, and things don't seem like they will get better anytime soon. Of the 16 categories ASCE graded, all but one got Cs and Ds.
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    More cities taxing tourists' hotel rooms, rental cars
    from USA Today
    Consumers may find it's getting tougher to stick to their travel budget. It's not just pricey airfare, hotel rooms or car rentals, although those rates have been rising. The less-noticed budget buster: more taxes and fees levied on such purchases.
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    U.S. Travel Association names Abrahamson as National Chair
    Travel Pulse
    The U.S. Travel Association has announced the appointment of Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, as its new national chair. Abrahamson, who previously served as first vice chair, succeeds Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter in the role.

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    Travel effect: A call to lead, a means to do so
    In the fall of 2012, the U.S. Travel Association embarked on a multiyear research initiative aimed at better understanding not just the travel experience, but also the benefits of travel across many dimensions.

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    The haves and have nots of US state tourism budgets
    The budgets for the top ten U.S. state tourism offices including Hawaii, Florida, California and Texas represent more than half, or 53.5 percent, of the total budget for all state tourism offices.

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    July shows upswing in travel job growth
    from eTurboNews
    Unemployment is down and jobs are up for the month of July, reported by the US Labor Department. Statistics were analyzed by the U.S. Travel Association as it relates to travel and tourism.
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    TSA misconduct rises, but should travelers worry?
    from Los Angeles Times
    Travelers be warned: Misconduct cases among airport screeners jumped 26 percent in a recent three-year period. But the chance of an airport screener pilfering a laptop computer from your bag is still slimmer than winning the lottery, according to the union representing Transportation Security Administration workers.
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    House passes legislation limiting federal spending on meetings
    from Successful Meetings
    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill limiting spending on meetings by federal agencies. The bill — H.R. 313, otherwise known as the Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013, or the GSA Act — codifies into law guidelines issued last year by President Barack Obama's Office of Management and Budget in response to the General Services Administration scandal of 2012.
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    Airlines keep searching for perfect boarding process
    from USA Today
    Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn't figure it out. Jason Steffen, a research fellow at Northwestern University, normally contemplates things such as axion-like particles.
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    Brand USA looking for board members
    from Meetings Net
    The U.S. Department of Commerce is looking for travel and tourism leaders to serve on Brand USA's Board of Directors. Brand USA is the destination marketing organization for the U.S. and is run by the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a nonprofit organization created through the Travel Promotion Act and funded through private donations and fees generated by international travelers coming to the U.S.
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