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Labor Day brings strong jobs forecast from travel industry
from U.S. News & World Report
Americans traveling this Labor Day weekend will be supporting one of the key industries in the economic recovery, says a new report. Travelers spent $813 billion in 2011, supporting 7.5 million jobs, or around 7 percent of all private-sector workers. When those workers spend their earned money, it boosts the economy even more, supporting 14.4 million jobs, or roughly 1 in 8. Those figures are from a new study by the U.S. Travel Association, a group that lobbies on behalf of the travel industry. More
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Agency's Las Vegas bash spurs cuts in government conferences
from Bloomberg
U.S. government agencies have canceled dozens of conferences and pared down other events following a scandal over a General Services Administration bash in Las Vegas. The Defense, Justice and Health and Human Services departments are among those that have scrubbed or scaled back conferences in resort cities such as Orlando, Fla., to Washington bedroom communities like Leesburg, Va. The spending is under scrutiny amid efforts to cut the federal budget and the backlash against the GSA's $823,000-plus event featuring a clown, mind reader and bicycle-building exercise. More
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U.S. Travel Association names tourism marketing award winners
from Travel Pulse
The U.S. Travel Association announced the winners of the 2012 Mercury and Destiny awards, state tourism director of the year and DMO rising star were during its annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations conference held in Boston. This year, the awards were judged by JWT, an internationally recognized marketing and communications firm. Judges offered a unique perspective because the agency was chosen to help develop Brand USA's national tourism promotion strategy. More
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Shober named tourism director of the year
from The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wyoming state tourism Director Diane Shober has been named "State Tourism Director of the Year" by the U.S. Travel Association's National Council on State Tourism Directors. The award was presented at the Education Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Boston. The award recognizes a tourism director whose leadership has clearly influenced the improvement of a state or territory's travel and tourism profile. More
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The big turnoff
from Travel Weekly
Of all the warnings the airlines give us, the one that likely arouses the most suspicion is about turning off our electronic devices. Nobody really believes an iPod or a Kindle can bring down an airplane. On the other hand, who really knows? There appears to be a body of anecdotal evidence from airline crews about personal electronic devices, or PEDs, interfering with airline electronics, but the science is sketchy. No U.S. airline accident has ever been blamed on such interference. More
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Travel South introduces International Showcase!

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North Carolina touts statewide destinations ahead of DNC
from Charlotte Business Journal
With some 35,000 visitors converging on Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention and eyes from around the world looking on, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development is launching an effort to showcase the state's assets as a travel destination. "We want people to see beyond the headlines, appreciate the unique travel experiences the state offers and showcase North Carolina as a special setting where visitors, residents and businesses thrive," says Lynn Minges, assistant commerce secretary for tourism, marketing and global branding. More
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Fed report points to mixed business travel trends
from Business Travel News
Business travel growth in certain parts of the United States is slowing, according to a U.S. Federal Reserve report. In the Fed's Boston district, for example, tourism industry contacts "expect that overall 2012 performance will be strong, but express concern that performance will weaken over the last few months of the year," according to the report on economic conditions during the past six weeks. "While a rebound in business travel has fueled 2012 performance to date, weakness in Europe might slow this down." More
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CityPass CEO to help out Brand USA
from Travel Weekly
Mike Gallagher, co-CEO and co-founder of CityPass, is temporarily relocating to Washington to serve Brand USA on a volunteer basis as a "loaned executive." Brand USA, the tourism marketing firm created by the Travel Promotion Act, said Gallagher joined Aug. 24 and will donate his time through mid-November. In a statement, Brand USA said, "His expertise and strong travel industry leadership will be critical to Brand USA's efforts to establish and expand partnerships and programs to release federal matching funds, which requires contributions from private industry. He will also work with stakeholders to maximize the economic benefits of inbound travel to the United States' economy." More
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TTRA takes over U.S. Travel's Marketing Outlook Forum
from Successful Meetings
The U.S. Travel Association is transitioning its Marketing Outlook Forum conference to the Travel and Tourism Research Association, it announced recently. Now celebrating its 37th year, the event caters to travel industry research professionals who are interested in learning more about travel trends and forecasts. Under TTRA's direction, the conference will be renamed the Global Travel Outlook Conference. More
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