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Interior allows a dozen iconic national parks to reopen with state funding
from The Washington Post
Recently, the barricades at Utah's Natural Bridges National Monument disappeared, allowing visitors to return to the tourist draw despite the government shutdown. They also came down at Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, Arizona's Grand Canyon and New York's Statue of Liberty.
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Immigration a 'priority' for this year
from POLITICO
A top House Republican says in an upcoming interview that the chamber will take up immigration reform in 2013, insisting that "there's still time" for a comprehensive rewrite despite the rapidly dwindling time left on this year's calendar.
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The US still struggles with dilapidated roads and bridges
from Financial Times
Having become used to A grades being handed out liberally in New York schools, John Gapper was taken aback to find a report card with an overall grade of D+. That is the current assessment of U.S. infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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Federal shutdown taking big toll on small businesses
from Los Angeles Times
The mild weather and cool temperatures of October make it one of the busiest months for rock climbing guides Seth Zaharias and his wife, Sabra Purdy. This time of year they're usually leading climbers up massive boulders and sheer canyons in Joshua Tree National Park.
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Chicago's charms surprise Chinese tourism officials
from Chicago Tribune
When Chinese tourism official Hu Xuefan arrived in Chicago for a travel industry summit this week, he came with virtually no image of the city in his mind. "Maybe an average, medium-size city," said Hu, director general of tourism in Anhui province, home to the strikingly jagged Yellow Mountains.
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Fed up with JFK entry delays, Delta foots bill for automated passport tech
from BusinessTravelNews
Asked by Cowen Securities airline analyst Helane Becker during a July earnings call about Delta's new Terminal 4 at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, CEO Richard Anderson said, "I think overall it's going well." But he had one significant caveat: excessively long wait times for passengers arriving on international flights, which he called "an embarrassment" to the country.
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    Outside national parks, feeling squeezed by the shutdown
    from The New York Times
    In the 10 days since Zion National Park closed its gates, the community on its doorstep has become a shutdown ghost town. Hotel rooms are dark, and house cleaners are working half-shifts. Herds of campers and sightseers have streamed away along the only highway out of town, and canceled reservations from New Zealand, California and Germany are piling up every day.
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    Educational travel in youth linked to academic, career success
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    Educational travel has a clear impact on children's academic performance and career growth, according to a new survey by The Wagner Group, as part of the Travel Effect campaign.
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    China predicted to be largest tourist market for US
    from China Radio International
    China is predicted to be the top tourist source market for the United States in 2018 with the number of visiting Chinese hitting 4.7 million, the country's official tourism and marketing organization Brand USA said recently.
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    US launches smartphone app to help Britons make sense of American sports
    from Mail Online
    From home runs to "smackdowns," the American yen for baseball, basketball and wrestling can leave British visitors bemused. But if you're prepared to leave your passion for Arsenal or Saracens at home, Brand USA, the tourism marketing body for the USA, could help.
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    Marriott's Arne Sorenson on the hospitality business, government shutdown
    from The Washington Post
    When Marriott International created Courtyard by Marriott in the 1980s, the company had one customer in mind: the business traveler. The no-frills chain offered a lower-priced option for those traveling for work. Courtyard hotels were mostly in the suburbs in close proximity to business centers, hospitals and highways.
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    Shutdown is tripping up vacationers headed to national parks
    Los Angeles Times
    Washington, D.C.'s fiscal deadlock has closed the country's national parks for a third day in a row, forcing travel and tourism officials to find other ways to entertain frustrated vacationers.

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    TSA to expand speedier screening — for a fee
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    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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    Airports seek improvement dollars elsewhere as federal fiscal woes deepen
    from Charlotte Observer
    The nation's airports once counted on billions of dollars in federal grants to upgrade their facilities, but in an increasingly uncertain fiscal environment, some would prefer to leave the money on the table and leverage their own resources instead.
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