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Made in America: Visa process slows tourism
from ABC World News
In the decade between 2000 and 2010, the number of foreign overseas tourists traveling the world grew by an astounding 60 million. You would think the numbers would grow in the United States as well, but they haven't. Ten years ago 26 million overseas visitors visited the U.S. In 2010, 26.4 million visitors entered the country, according to the U.S. Travel Association. That's hardly any growth at all. Why, with tens of millions of travelers worldwide, have America's foreign tourist numbers stayed the same? More
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US, EU on collision course over aircraft emissions
from Energy & Environment Management
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill prohibiting American aviation operators from taking part in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; the Senate now will consider the legislation, which President Barack Obama has said he supports. But in October, Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice indicated the EU ETS is compatible with international law — contrary to the belief of American airlines, who are suing over the matter. It looks like Europe and America are on a collision course over the issue. More
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House passes APEC Business Travel Card legislation
from Travel Agent Central
Congress has acted to ease travel hassles for business travelers, earning the praise of the U.S. Travel Association, which commended the passage of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Act of 2011. The legislation authorizes customs officials to issue APEC Business Travel cards to qualified U.S. travelers. More
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U.S. Travel names Blain K. Rethmeier to public affairs post
from Travel Agent Central
Blain K. Rethmeier has been named senior vice president for public affairs and government relations for the U.S. Travel Association. He will lead lobbying, communications, grassroots and research activities for U.S. Travel, which represents the $1.8 trillion travel industry. More
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Airlines collect $1.5 billion in fees in second quarter
from USA Today
U.S. airlines continue to rely on a la carte fees as a key source of income. The Los Angeles Times reports the nation's biggest carriers "collected $1.5 billion from checked luggage and reservation change fees in April, May and June, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics." More
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TSA chief: Airlines' checked-bag fees bad for security
from Forbes
Checked bag fees have turned many air travelers into Mary Poppins, with carry-on bags that can be jam-packed with a week's worth of clothing, toiletries, electronics, reading material, an umbrella and a spoon full of sugar — and still fit in an overhead bin (with some shoving). But that's not how the bins were designed to be used, and the situation is leading to a host of additional concerns that spell trouble for security, TSA chief John Pistole said. More
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5 ways to improve air travel (that government won't act on)
from USA Today
Regardless of which airline you choose, you likely will be confronted by a flight delay or cancellation that saps your time, money and patience. The United States, for all its power and wealth, depends on an outdated air traffic control network that relies on radar rather than satellite-based technology. But the solution has been a political football, and the punting has continued for years — ever since a new methodology was proposed in 2003. More
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Survey: Business travelers want nicer treatment
from Los Angeles Times
While the cost of business travel continues to climb, executives say airline and hotel workers need to treat them with respect if they want to keep their business. More
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Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System planned Nov. 9
from FEMA
The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency need your help in spreading the message: The agencies will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. EST. This test may last up to three and a half minutes and will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming, indicating, "This is a test." When the test is over, regular programming will resume. Please help spread the message among your networks. For additional information from the FCC, click here. More
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