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TSA limited by airlines in trying to speed US airport checks
from Bloomberg Businessweek
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, vowing to make airport security checks faster and less intrusive for lowest-risk passengers, made airlines an early partner in its trusted-traveler program known as PreCheck. It's an arrangement with a catch, one that has limited how many people can use the program and how often. TSA has relied on airlines to nominate PreCheck candidates from among their best customers. Because not all airlines participate, and some consider frequent-flier information secret, a passenger qualifying under one airline can't use PreCheck if flying another carrier. Agency officials said they don't have the technical capability now to create a clearinghouse that might resolve the roadblock. More
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IMEX America beats all odds in Las Vegas
from Meetings Net
Don't tell anyone in the meetings and events industry that the U.S. economy is in a funk, or at least don't tell those who flocked to IMEX America, held Oct. 9–11 in Las Vegas. The second annual show (a sister of the highly successful IMEX held in Frankfurt, Germany, every May) drew record numbers of buyers and sellers. More
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Travelers hit with fees every step of the trip
from USA Today
Airlines aren't the only ones in the travel industry that are charging fees for services and products that once were free. Hotels, rental car firms and cruise ships are joining the trend. Aaron Gellman, professor of transportation at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, says the industry is "trying to push the limits until they find out what they are." More
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Airline executives urge airport security overhaul
from The Associated Press via WTOP
Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed, airline executives said Oct. 16 at a global aviation conference. "We simply can't cope with the expected volume of passengers with the way things are today," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airlines' trade group. More
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Editorial: Travel market critical to economy
from Sun Sentinel
Travel and tourism are increasingly important to our economy. Making the U.S. a top destination in the global travel marketplace can create jobs, accelerate the recovery and strengthen our economy. Already, travel is generating nearly $2 trillion in economic output every year and directly employing nearly 8 million people. This year, more than 1 billion people will vacation abroad — nearly 1 out of every 7 people in the world. The question is whether the U.S. will be able to compete effectively for these travelers. More
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Do Americans need more holidays?
from CNN
Consulting firm Mercer ranks countries by the number of holidays each requires by law. The data confirms a number of commonly held stereotypes (and there a few surprises). Take a look: top of the list is the United Kingdom, with 28 statutory holidays. Nine of the top 10 countries are in Europe. Where's the United States? Dead last, actually, with zero statutory holidays! More
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US airlines closed summer travel without long delays in August
from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said recently, a sharp reversal from a month earlier. There were more long delays in July on airport tarmacs than in the previous eight months combined. More
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Travel industry continues to put Americans back to work
from Breaking Travel News
David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on the recently released September 2012 Labor Department report showing the lowest unemployment rate in 45 months. But that good news is tempered by slowing growth and a decline in travel industry employment for September. More
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Hotels make it easier to stay fit on the road
from USA Today
Hotels increasingly are trying to cater to fitness-focused travelers. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the percentage of properties that offer fitness facilities reached a new peak this year of 84 percent. That's up from 63 percent in 2004. More
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National parks have sights set on Latino market
from Travel Weekly
The Obama administration is trying to draw more Latinos to U.S. national parks through the creation of a list of Latino heritage sites within the national park system. The endeavor is headed by the American Latino Heritage Fund within the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the national parks. More
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New York City goes Brazil nuts in bid for tourists
from New York Post
New York City officials are lobbying Washington to loosen entry requirements for Brazilians — especially its high-spending tourists. The South American giant already accounts for more overseas visitors to the city than any nation except the United Kingdom, but "we are leaving millions of tourism dollars on the table by not opening up our doors to the Brazilian market," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Co., the city's tourism bureau. More
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