Corporation for Travel Promotion Announces its Officers
and Sets Date for First Official Meeting
The eleven directors of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP) are in the process of documenting incorporation of the company in the District of Columbia and have elected Stephen J. Cloobeck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Resorts International, as Chairman and Caroline Beteta, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Travel and Tourism Commission, and George Fertitta, Chief
Executive Officer, NYC & Company, as Vice Chairs upon incorporation.
NEW Study on the Drive Market
Often overshadowed by air travel, the drive market has economic impact throughout the journey -- with travelers stopping at small towns, attractions, restaurants, gas stations, and hotels, generating revenue throughout their trip.
U.S. Travel Association reports this is 85% of all travel in the U.S. Project 85 is the first study to segment this market, identifying who is the most valuable for destinations and travel providers.
The study is being conducted jointly by Solutionz (Solutionz.com) and Mandala Research (MandalaResearch.com).
For information contact Laura@MandalaResearch.com or 703.798.5452.
Only 20 Percent of Cargo to US Checked for Bombs
from USA Today
Billions of pounds of packages bound for the U.S. each year are delivered on passenger flights in which cargo is checked with an electronic system that does not screen for bombs, lawmakers and security experts said Monday. The Homeland Security Department uses computers to identify possibly dangerous cargo, usually after flights are already in the air and en route to the USA. Many of those flights are passenger planes carrying cargo in the hold.
Feds Plan Additional Security to Keep Travel Safe
from ABC News
The U.S. government said last week it is taking additional security measures after seizing two explosive packages packed aboard cargo jets, which could mean more hassle for travelers this weekend. Even though the packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues were on cargo jets, airline passengers will see stepped-up security, too. Federal officials warned that they were not assuming that the two packages they found were the end of the attack.
How Car-rental Taxes Take a Toll
from the Charlotte Business Journal
More than 100 car-rental excise taxes have been enacted across 43 states and the District of Columbia, draining consumers’ wallets to the tune of more than $7.5 billion. And additional taxes continue to be proposed at a steady clip, mostly to fund projects and programs that have nothing to do with travel or renting a car.
A Solution to the Visa Challenge
The Power of Travel Coalition (Part of the U.S. Travel Association) is doing some pretty proactive lobbying on our industry’s behalf to increase international visitors and exhibitors at our exhibitions, conventions and events. Most recent is a campaign asking Congress to consider a pilot program utilizing secure videoconferencing technology for visa interviews. The U.S. requires visas for the majority of visitors to our country. Since 9-11, there is a requirement for each visa applicant to have an interview in person with a representative of the US State Department. Typically these are
done in U.S. Embassies and Consulates and each interview lasts for approximately 2 minutes.
US Commerce Department Announces Strong Outlook
for International Visitors through 2015
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that international visitation to the United States is projected to increase 9 percent in 2010, setting a new record of 60 million visitors in a year. In addition, growth in the travel and tourism industry is projected to increase to nearly 83 million visitors by 2015 – a 51 percent increase over 2009.
“The travel and tourism industry’s remarkable growth this year is good news for our small- and medium-sized businesses, which account for more than 80 percent of the travel and tourism industry,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “The Obama administration is committed to continuing our robust efforts to attract foreign visitors to the US, and we recognize the critical role the industry plays in making the National Export Initiative a success.”
Last Minute Vacations Growing in Popularity
According to New Nationwide Survey
"Time is of the essence" is a popular expression today, yet one rarely heard in discussions about vacation planning. Despite this, it now appears to be a mantra embraced by the growing percentage of American leisure travelers who take "last minute" trips. Given the frenetic pace of contemporary life, it comes as no surprise that more Americans are taking "last minute" vacations.
3 Reasons Why Travel Incentive Programs Rule
If your employees are tired of receiving watches and other premiums as performance incentives, it might be time for you to consider something more exciting. A travel incentive program can offer a unique alternative to your standard rewards while increasing employee productivity and boosting morale. According the the U.S. Travel Association, "Non-cash incentives are 2 to 3 times more effective at motivating employee performance, and companies spend less on incentive travel than on cash compensation to achieve exceptional productivity from employees."
No Other International Marketing Matches the ROI
of Exhibiting at International Pow Wow
from the U.S. Travel Association
Meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with top international leisure, meeting and incentive buyers under one roof at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA on May 21-25, 2011. Space is limited and we're expecting a sellout, so it's important to act fast to secure your booth today.
Learn more and register today.