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Air travel fees increase; federal workers part of revenue plan
from The Associated Press via The Washington Times
It's not just millionaires who would pay more under President Barack Obama's latest plan to combat the deficit. Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in new government revenues raised through new or increased fees. These fees are advertised as "savings" in administration budget documents. More
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Boost Washington jobs by reforming US visa system
from The Seattle Times
Guest columnists Tom Norwalk and Darrell E. Bryan argue the U.S. visa system should be reformed to make it easier for international travelers to come into the United States. Canada and European countries are reaping the benefits of an easier system for travelers from China and elsewhere. More
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Opinion: Post-9/11 travel regulations have hurt tourism, jobs
from San Francisco Examiner
All the 9/11 hijackers had visas. Ergo, visas in the hands of terrorists are a deadly weapon. Such was the thinking early in the post-9/11 era. Even though the 9/11 Commission published a separate report on the threat of terrorist travel, Washington paid little attention to the findings. Instead, it embraced a bunch of knee-jerk measures, some of which did more harm than good. More
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TSA's bid to speed you through airport security
from MarketWatch
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out changes to airport security procedures to help passengers, especially frequent flyers, move through the screening process easily and more quickly. Under the so-called "known traveler" program, some 6,000 to 8,000 frequent flyers at select airports will be directed daily toward dedicated lines that will zip them through security faster than you can get your shoes, coat and watch off and into the bins. More
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Hawaii to host China-US Tourism Leadership Summit
from eTurbo News
The Fifth Annual China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit will be hosted by the U.S. Travel Association in Hawaii, Sept. 23-26. The summit, considered by both governments to be of great significance, will allow an opportunity for members of the U.S. and Chinese travel industries to build on strong and important relationships and contribute to increased opportunities for travel between the United States and China. More
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US delegation in India visits New Delhi, Mumbai
from Business Review India
The U.S. Travel Association hosted its fifth annual trade mission to India from Sept. 11-15. Almost 28 representatives visited Mumbai and New Delhi to promote increased travel to the United States and to conduct meetings with tour operators, airline representatives and travel agents. India is among the fastest-growing emerging travel markets worldwide. More
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CEIR Predict conference sees positive future for trade shows
from Trade Show News Network
Even with the overall economic doldrums continuing — high unemployment, the collapse of the Eurozone and the unstable stock market, to name a few — the majority of show management executives who gathered at the inaugural Center for Exhibition Industry Research's Predict conference, Sept. 15 in New York City, said their businesses not only were doing well this year, but also are expected to continue a positive trend into 2012. More
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Marketing Outlook Forum navigates the new terrain
from U.S. Travel Association
Marketers are anxious to learn what's different, if anything, about consumers after the recent recession and sluggish recovery. Get an inside look at the new consumer during U.S. Travel's Marketing Outlook Forum on Oct. 26-27 at the Omni Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas. A culture of contentment is taking shape, giving new context to what consumers want from the marketplace. J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Company, will explore the themes of "caution, curation and contentment" to offer guidance about what's next for the travel industry. Learn more and register now! To hear more about Forum, follow us on Twitter. More
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