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Business Travel Can Help Bottom Line - U.S. Study Says
from Reuters via Forbes
Business travel -- often the target for cutbacks by companies seeking to reduce expenses -- actually boosts profits and could help the U.S. economy come back from the recession, a report found. More
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NEW Study on African American Travelers!

Join a ground-breaking study that will help your organization learn more about African American travelers. The study will segment the market, identify African American travelers’ interests, and measure propensity to visit destinations that reflect and preserve African American heritage. Sponsors can submit proprietary questions. The study is being conducted by the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council and Mandala Research. For more information contact

Partnership Would Lure Tourists from Overseas
from Las Vegas Review-Journal - Washington DC Bureau
The Senate voted to create a nonprofit corporation that would market the United States as a tourist destination for travelers around the world. Senators voted 79-19 for the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, their first substantive vote after returning from summer recess. More
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“Life After the Crisis” at Marketing Outlook Forum
Early Bird Registration Extended to Sept. 25

from U.S. Travel Association
A year after the nation’s financial crisis, the travel industry remains challenged by frugal consumers along with a double digit downturn in business travel expenditures. This year’s Marketing Outlook Forum October 26-28, in Little Rock, AR will delve into this new travel landscape with up-to-the- minute economic forecasts from Tourism Economics and newly released consumer research from American Express, The World Gallup Poll and Ipsos Mendelsohn, along with new insight on business travel from a U.S. Travel commissioned study from Oxford Economics. In light of the economy, U.S. Travel has lowered this year’s registration fee by $50 and extended the early registration deadline to save another $100 until September 25. Register Now
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U.S., EU Face Off Over Travel, Again
from the Washington Times
Why is it that most major disputes between the United States and the European Union have to do with travel? First it was the war between Boeing and Airbus, then the furor over personal passenger data, and now it's a new fee Washington is about to impose on visa-free travelers to the United States. More
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The PhoCusWright Conference (Nov. 17-19, 2009)

Featuring a Compelling Case Study: Tourism Queensland's "Best Job in the World" Tourism Queensland’s Chris Chambers presents and discusses the award-winning destination marketing campaign that reached 3.4 million people using the social Web. Attend specialized PhoCusWright Conference workshops to gain tactics and ideas for your own social marketing campaigns as well as tools that boost visitor demand.

Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton Employee to Represent Industry
from Jacksonville Business Journal
Paco Saldana came to the United States 15 years ago from Mexico City to chase the American dream. He didn’t know anyone or how to speak English by the time he arrived at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 13 years ago. Now 37 and director of guest services at the resort, Saldana is speaking for 7.7 million Americans working in the tourism industry, which has been battered by cuts in corporate travel and group meetings -- a major livelihood for most hotels in Northeast Florida. From January to February, during the peak of business travel, there was a $2 billion loss from canceled meetings and events nationwide, said Geoffrey Freeman, senior vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Travel Association. More
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Editorial: Bed-tax Dodge Threatens State, Local Budgets
from the Daytona Beach News-Journal - Online
Two motorcycle enthusiasts decide to attend Biketoberfest. One makes his reservations through a well-known travel Web site months in advance, paying $250 a night for a beachside room with a microwave and refrigerator. The other comes down on the spur of the moment. Thursday afternoon, she rides around looking for a hotel with a vacancy sign, and finally settles on a small mainland motor lodge for $200 a night. Which of these room rates would be worth more to Volusia County, Fla.? More
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