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Aviation and travel groups push lawmakers to support
ban on European emissions trading

from The Hill
A coalition of aviation and travel industry groups pressed lawmakers to approve a bill that would ban European countries from imposing emission trading requirements on U.S. airlines. With the House set to vote soon on the measure, which has been supported by Republicans and Democrats on the transportation committee, the groups said the bill is crucial to the American aviation system. In a letter to lawmakers, the coalition warned of increased cost and decreased demand if the emissions trading system is embraced. More
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A walking economic stimulus
from Security Debrief
Amid the partisan bickering over fiscal and tax policy in Congress during 2011, it has been heartening to see a burst of bipartisan support for reforms to facilitate the travel of low-risk visitors to the United States. There have been at least three major pieces of authorizing legislation introduced in recent weeks, as well as a push to reform the Departments of State and Homeland Security as part of the appropriations process. More
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Foreign travel money + Travel in US = New jobs legislation
from Examiner
Travel is serious business. The U.S. has a multitude of fantastic travel destinations to tempt a world of travelers. Those American cities and regional and local getaways are job creators, and Sens. Charles Schumer , D-N.Y., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, have proposed bipartisan job stimulus legislation, The Visa Improvements to Stimulate International Tourism to the United States of America, to enable those job creation resources. More
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U.S. Travel issues industry challenge
from Incentive
The U.S. Travel Association used the bully pulpit of the IMEX America conference to take the meetings and events industry to task for getting complacent about threats ranging from the political rhetoric that created the so-called AIG effect to the difficulty some international travelers have in obtaining visas to attend trade shows and meetings in the United States. More
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Airlines attempt to raise fares for first time since summer,
but increases might not stick

from The Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
Holiday travelers might want to lock in airfares now, because they're going up. At least two U.S. airlines are raising prices for the first time since late summer, and others could follow — or not. The increase might not stick, because airlines often roll back fare increases if enough competitors don't match them. More
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Hotel industry blasts White House ethics proposal
from USA Today
A new rule proposed by the Obama administration would ban federal employees from accepting free admission to events, conferences and other gatherings from lobbyists, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. The rule is being proposed by the Office of Government Ethics as a way to reduce influence peddling. But the American Hotel and Lodging Association says the rule could reduce attendance at meetings, conferences, galas and other events frequently held at large, full-service hotels. More
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The Navigator: Another tax on air travelers? It's nonsense
from The Washington Post
Rochelle Peachey is no stranger to high taxes and fees on airline tickets. A frequent flier between Miami and London, she routinely sees government charges that double the price of her ticket. Not when she flies domestically, though. Here, taxes add about 20 percent to the cost of a fare. More
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Ads add up for airlines, but some fliers say it's too much
from USA Today
A growing number of U.S. airlines — perhaps emboldened by billions of dollars of extra revenue collected annually for bag fees — are reaching out to advertisers. Ads are appearing not only on overhead bins, seat backs and tray tables but also on flight attendants' aprons, snack boxes and napkins. That's sacrilege to some fliers who view a plane as a respite from life on the ground, the office, home or even the airport. More
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