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The economic benefits of fixing our broken immigration system: Travel and tourism
from The White House Blog
America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation's history, immigrants and visitors from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America's immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times.
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No, sequestration did not destroy Washington, D.C., tourism
from National Journal
When Congress failed to stop the sequester in the spring, Washington braced itself for a terrible summer. The White House canceled tours. The National Park Service cut back its staff on the Mall. The National Archives and the National Arboretum cut their hours. The Smithsonian closed rooms in its museums.
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What is the 'Timeshare Effect'?
from ARDA
As you all know, we hear from our owners every day about how their lives have been positively changed because of their timeshare ownership. This is a way for us to capture this anecdotal sentiment with hard facts for other would-be timeshare owners.
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Kirk, Quigley push for visa-free travel for Poles
from The Associated Press via Miami Herald
Two Illinois lawmakers urged Congress to pass pending legislation that would allow Polish citizens to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa, saying including the staunch U.S. ally in the visa-waiver program is long overdue.
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Labor Day travel to hit four-year high
from USA Today
Travel club AAA is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over this Labor Day weekend, the most since the midst of the recession. The number of Americans using the holiday for a getaway at least 50 miles from home represents a 4.2 percent increase over the 32.7 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2012.
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Global Entry gaining ground with travelers
from The Atlantic Journal-Constitution
Lately, there has been a lot of talk around the office about Global Entry — a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that gives pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited entry into the U.S. program members can use an automated kiosk for re-entry at most major airports in the U.S., rather than waiting in line for a customs agent.
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    Pro-immigration groups try to rally support
    from MSNBC
    VideoBrief When Congress returns from vacation in two weeks, it will face comprehensive immigration reform — legislation that has all but stalled in the House. But over the recess, some Republican representatives have come forward in support of a pathway to citizenship. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., discusses.
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    New legislation rocks government meetings
    from Meetings Focus
    U.S. Senate and House members meet regularly in chambers, committee rooms and restaurants all over The Hill and back in their districts, and there’s certainly no indication they plan to curtail or cancel those face-to-face meetings.
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    Brand USA launches new agent training platform: USA Discovery Program
    from TravelDailyNews
    Brand USA, the official tourism marketing organization for the United States, announced the launch of a new online agent training program for the U.K. and Ireland. The USA Discovery Program is an online learning tool to enable the travel industry in the U.K. and Ireland to sell this land like never before.
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    America is no-vacation nation
    from Salon
    Americans as a society generally don't take vacations. While many of us would love to travel, we live in an economy where job security is rare and most of us live in fear that if we take any time off work, our job may not be waiting for us upon our return.
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    Column: Boosting resilience after storms and disasters
    USA Today
    Killing 117 Americans and causing more than $50 billion in economic damages, Hurricane Sandy was the worst hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest ever.

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    Travel and tourism hiring grows, but are they good jobs?
    Los Angeles Times
    Hiring for travel and tourism jobs has surged so much in the last few years that the industry has recovered 92 percent of the positions lost during the recession while the rest of the economy has only recovered 77 percent.

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    Why go outside when you have an iPhone?
    The Economist
    Every year over 9 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park — more than twice the number who gawp at the Grand Canyon.

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    Expedited TSA checks? Tucson, Ariz., airport wants to be a part of
    from Inside Tucson Business
    The biggest bane of airline travel these days is the hassle of airport security. This fall the Transportation Security Administration is rolling out an expansion of a program that will allow for expedited passage through airport security checks and officials at Tucson International Airport are hoping it will be among the airports picked for the roll out.
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    Automated Passport Control kiosks reduce queuing time by 33 percent at Chicago O'Hare
    from Future Travel Experience
    Chicago Department for Aviation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have held a ceremony at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to officially launch the Automated Passport Control kiosks. The airport is the first in the U.S. to implement the self-service system in the Customs area, which is available to passengers in Terminal 5. A total of 32 kiosks have been installed and can currently be used by U.S. passport holders as an alternative to filling out a paper Customs declaration form.
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    As cities use Wi-Fi to lure guests, hotels see revenue source fade
    from Travel Weekly
    A growing number of cities are looking to lure more travelers by offering free Wi-Fi in busy tourist destinations. But while good news for travelers, that trend is not such wonderful news for hotels.
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