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China inbound travel to US continues to rise
from Travel Daily News
Chinese travelers are visiting the United States in increasingly large numbers — and will continue to do so, according to two recent NTA reports. The majority of Chinese tour operators confirmed that bookings to the United States increased by an average of 16 to 20 percent in the second quarter of 2011. This increase is in line with an NTA report of its China Inbound Program. "The increase of travelers served by tour operators in the NTA China Inbound Program essentially doubled," said Lisa Simon, NTA president. "And those visitors represent nearly $600 million in travel and spending on U.S. lodging, food, entertainment and shopping." More
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Cultural and Heritage Tourism Webinar

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Winning grassroots support for tourism
from Travel 2.0 Consulting Group
Building support through a grassroots effort is a critical piece of tourism advocacy. In a conversation with Candice Knezevic of the U.S. Travel Association, Travel 2.0 Consulting Group talks tourism, digital engagement and grassroots boot camp. More
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Hectic week on Wall Street has little effect on travel bookings
from Travel Weekly
As stocks tumbled recently and economic analysts warned of a possible repeat of the financial crisis of 2008, the travel industry braced itself for a slowdown. Yet, as the tumultuous week came to a close, the bookings continued to come in, and few in the industry saw any immediate cause for alarm. More
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TSA watch: Can you trust the new trusted-traveler program?
from Elliott.org
Stung by the traveling public's disapproval of its one-size-fits-all approach to passenger screening, the Transportation Security Administration in July announced it would begin testing a new trusted-traveler program. But if you think the next time you fly, you'll speed through the security line like it's 1999, you might be disappointed. More
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Smurfs and Billy the Kid have something in common:
They are promoting travel

from TravelMole
The bipartisan committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion to be cut from U.S. budget deficits now is in operation. Though few believe it will succeed and no one expects it to influence travel, it does raise the question of what the federal government has done to promote overseas travel. More
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'Pure Michigan' tourism campaign created 10,000 more jobs
in 2010 than in 2009

from MLive.com
The "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign has been a pure winner for the Michigan economy and job hunters, according to research commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association of the return on tax dollar investment in promoting Michigan tourism. More
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Memo to US workers: Take a break
from Los Angeles Times
Vacations are pro-family, plus they promote good health and increase worker productivity. The U.S. needs to relax more by mandating the vacation breaks that other advanced nations observe. More
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FEMA urges participation in National Preparedness Month
from Federal Emergency Management Agency
With the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not want to miss this historic opportunity to demonstrate the private sector's leadership and commitment to emergency preparedness in September. Sign up your organization and employees as National Coalition Members. Take note of three key points:
    1) Even if you signed up last year, you need to sign up again this year.
    2) Click on businesses/private sector companies and associations.
    3) Get someone else to sign up, too!
Registration takes less than two minutes, and participants can access a useful toolkit that includes suggestions for activities and events, templates, articles, banners and customizable materials.
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