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Travel jobs in US increase for eighth consecutive month
from Travel Daily News
David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis of the U.S. Labor Department report on July 2011 employment numbers, which show travel jobs in the U.S. increased for the eighth consecutive month. More
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Hot seat: U.S. Travel's Geoff Freeman
from Travel Weekly
After the debt ceiling debate came to an end, Travel Weekly Senior Editor Michelle Baran spoke with Geoff Freeman, executive vice president of the U.S. Travel Association, about the potential implications the U.S. government's plan might have for the travel industry. More
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Destination Travel Insights provides visitor spend data
from U.S. Travel Association
Destination Travel Insights provides timely, real spend-based data reports identifying differences in trends among leisure and business travelers, as well as where and how your visitors are spending in your market. Exclusive to U.S. Travel members, Destination Travel Insights is powered by American Express Business Insights, a global information, analytics and consulting organization that applies sophisticated analytics to reveal unique insights based on actual transaction data. No surveys, no opinion polls — real data. For more information on report methodology and how Destination Travel Insights can support your marketing investments, please email Judith Harris or call (202) 218-3628. More
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FAA impasse that hit 4,000 ends — for now
from The New York Times
The Obama administration has reached a patchwork agreement with Congressional leaders to end a 13-day partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The agreement signals an end, at least for a few weeks, to a standoff over policy issues that had left 4,000 agency employees out of work, idled thousands of workers at hundreds of airport construction projects and cost the federal government more than $350 million in lost taxes on airline tickets. More
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Coalition urges Congress to fund FAA
from Travel Agent Magazine
The failure of Congress to act on FAA funding has continued to draw fire. In letters sent to leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, 101 travel and tourism entities joined the U.S. Travel Association in urging an immediate resolution to disagreements over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. More
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Travel deals on their way out?
from Fox Business
It has been a dismal summer on the economic front, but thanks to a comeback in business travel, the travel and tourism industry is emerging as a bright spot. More
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Tourism office funds under knife
from USA Today
Fewer state and local governments are urging Americans to "come and visit us" — just as more people say they're hitting the road or are ready to go. Approximately 20 states have cut spending in the past year on advertising and other promotion and support to try to lure tourists and their vacation dollars, the U.S. Travel Association says. More
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One cost increase ends, but others trend upward
from The New York Times
Boarding pass and ID? Check. Hotel and rental car reservations? Liquids in 3.4-ounce containers all zipped inside a one-quart bag? Check. Cost of the trip? All things considered, that's not so easy to figure out before you travel. More
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FEMA encourages Americans to participate in September's National Preparedness Month
from Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, has announced the launch of new Web tools that will make it easier for individuals and organizations throughout the nation to join the 2011 National Preparedness Month coalition and pledge their support to help prepare their families, businesses and communities for emergencies of all kinds. The eighth annual NPM will kick off in September, using the slogan, "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare." The campaign seeks to transform awareness into action by encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds. Individuals and groups can register now to become NPM coalition members and gain access to a toolkit that includes suggestions for activities and events, templates, articles, banners and customizable materials. More
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Marketing Outlook Forum taps experts to discuss
the post-recession traveler

from U.S. Travel Association
With the fluctuations in travel patterns during the past few years and the lasting impact of the recession, who is the post-recession traveler? What has changed and where are we heading? Greg Dunn, YPartnership's executive vice president of Consumer Insights & Brand Strategy, and David Sheatsley, director of Marketing Research, U.S. Travel Association, will discuss "The Post-Recession Traveler: What's Changed and Where Are we Heading?" in their concurrent session during U.S. Travel's Marketing Outlook Forum, scheduled Oct. 26-27 in Fort Worth, Texas. Register through Sept. 16 and save more than $100. Please check the latest speaker and program information, and receive program updates through Twitter. More
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Planning Pow Wow
from Meetings Focus
At International Pow Wow, an annual U.S. travel industry trade show, international attendees are central to the show's main mission: to sell domestic leisure travel to foreign buyers. More
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