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The bad work habit you can't quit
from Men's Health
Workaholics, this one's for you: Even though logging long hours takes a toll on your health, you still put in the extra time anyway, says new research from Kansas State University.
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Chicago tourist spending sets record
from Crain's Chicago Business
Travel expenditures in Chicago last year hit a record $12.76 billion, up 6.7 percent from the prior year, according to new data from the U.S. Travel Association. The stats are the latest in a string of cheery tourism numbers being trumpeted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago, the city's tourism bureau.
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Report says many US bridges old, risky and rundown
from The Associated Press via New York Daily News
Motorists coming off the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge into Washington, D.C., are treated to a postcard-perfect view of the U.S. Capitol. The bridge itself, however, is about as ugly as it gets: The steel underpinnings have thinned since the structure was built in 1950, and the span is pocked with rust and crumbling concrete.
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Boxing, Mexican holiday drawing crowds with economic punch to Las Vegas
from Las Vegas Review-Journal
Chorizo-laden queso fundido, Cadillac margaritas and strolling mariachis promised to fill Las Vegas hotels with plenty of Mexican flavor this past weekend. It was Mexican Independence Day, and the city was capitalizing.
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Why travel and tourism matters to the US and global economies
As the U.S. and world economy are continuing the long, slow road toward recovery, it's important to remember the impact of the travel. Travel is not just investment in resorts and vacations, it's investment in transportation, infrastructure and development.
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Business leaders tell lawmakers not to forget about immigration
from The New York Times
While Congress was preoccupied with Syria, more than 100 businesses, including some of the nation's largest companies, sent a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives reminding them not to forget about immigration.
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TSA PreCheck enrollment: Fly by the airport security line
from The Washington Times
This could be you. You have left plenty of time to get to the airport but between traffic, distractions, detours, your time margin is gone and now you are fighting for minutes to get to the gate. Like a crash test dummy you hit a wall: a security line that snakes out the door and family groups in front of you seem to be multiplying as the inch forward progresses.
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    More travelers can keep shoes on at US airports (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Hate your commute now? Just wait 5 years (MarketWatch)
Area hotels prepare to accommodate new government per-diem rates (The Washington Post)
Travel exports down in July, still up overall (Successful Meetings)
The TSA is finally moving toward a reasonable approach to airport security (Business Insider via Houston Chronicle)

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    US pushes international aviation board to include Taiwan
    from Roll Call
    Forging an agreement on aviation emissions won't be the only U.S. objective at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization meeting in Montreal; diplomats will also be pushing for Taiwan's entry into the United Nations organization as an observer.
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    Intel pushing for changes in visa laws, immigration policy
    from Arizona Republic
    Changes in visa laws are sorely needed as part of immigration reform, say officials at Intel, which hires foreign-born employees when special high-tech skills cannot be found among U.S. citizens.
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    Ohio tops nation in biggest increase of overseas visitors
    from Akron Beacon Journal
    Ohioans better brush up on how to say hello in a foreign language. The state saw a 28 percent jump in overseas visitors last year — the biggest increase in the nation, according to a new federal tourism report.
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    Sequester short-changes the future of America's airports
    from The Hill
    Now that we're into September, it's the ideal time to take stock of another busy summer travel season for air travel in the U.S. For the most part, the industry appeared quite sunny. Air travel during both the July 4 and Labor Day holidays ticked up slightly from previous years, and domestic airlines reported a modest profit.
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    Biden: US could be left behind on infrastructure
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    Vice President Joe Biden implored Americans to find the resources to invest in its ports, warning that the U.S. will fall behind its competitors unless it spends now to bolster its infrastructure.
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    Sequester impact still felt in US hotels
    The fall from the fiscal cliff has been less tumultuous than anticipated, but many within the U.S. hotel industry still suffer from the effects of sequestration. Pains range from cutbacks in conference spending to mandated reductions in travel to a widespread drain on the economy.

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    The economic benefits of fixing our broken immigration system: Travel and tourism
    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.

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    TSA to expand speedier screening — for a fee
    USA Today
    The Transportation Security Administration plans to dramatically expand its program to get travelers through airport checkpoints faster by inviting them to pay a nominal fee for voluntary background checks.

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    Business travel will be more pricey next year, new study says
    from USA Today
    Business travelers can expect to pay 5 percent to 6 percent more for hotel rooms next year, according to a New York University study. Each fall, U.S. companies and hotels agree to corporate rates and amenities for the following year, and this year, Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the Tisch Center for Hospitality at NYU, says the two sides are further apart than normal as negotiations get underway.
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    Travel contributes $2.0 trillion to the U.S. economy and is an essential part of life. America's travel experience and the businesses that support it are inextricably linked to the condition of our nation's infrastructure. Yet, with chronic underinvestment in high-performing modes, policy barriers to connectivity and declining federal revenue, travel in America is changing. While the rest of the world is speeding up, the U.S. is slowing down. On November 20, the U.S. Travel Association will host travel and transportation leaders at the Newseum for the first-ever Connecting America Through Travel Conference. Join us and help shape the discussion on how to revitalize America's travel infrastructure. Register Now!
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