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U.S. Travel's Dow: Obama's re-election presents 'opportunities'
from Successful Meetings
Whether you're a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent — or none of the above — you have to agree: President Barack Obama's victory in this year's presidential election also was a victory for travel and tourism. So argues U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow, who sent an email to industry stakeholders assessing the impact of the election on the U.S. travel industry. "President Obama's re-election presents our industry with opportunities to continue removing barriers to travel," Dow said in his assessment. "Regardless of your political persuasion, we must recognize that President Obama is unique in his commitment to travel and understanding of our extraordinary ability to create jobs." More
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Americans increasingly angered by air travel
from U.S. News & World Report
A couple of weeks before one of the biggest holiday travel days, Americans are anything but jolly when it comes to their experiences flying on the nation's airlines. In the first nine months of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics recorded more than 12,000 complaints from consumers, the Chicago Tribune reported. That's up 33.5 percent over the same period in 2011. Some of the most common complaints based on just September data were flight delays, cancellations, lost baggage, ticketing and reservation issues and — surprise, surprise — customer service. More
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Hotels using technology in new ways are driving customer loyalty
from Hotel Interactive
The hotel industry has never been known to be tech leaders, but more and more executives are trying to meet than exceed customer tech demands. They realize technology is quickly becoming the point of entry to appeal to guests. But fortunately some hotels are taking the technological leap even further by offering programs and services enabled by technology they hope will differentiate their hotels form the competition. It's technological warfare of the hospitality kind, and it's playing out in hotels all across the country. More
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Take the WB Studio Tour

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an intimate experience that offers a rare glimpse at real Hollywood at work while bringing guests within inches of the action for a bird’s eye view of actual TV and film projects in the making. Find out more at www.wbtour.com

US travel exports reach six-month high
from Successful Meetings
U.S. travel exports rebounded in September, reaching a six-month high of $13.9 billion, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which released its analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce's latest export data. Travel exports, it pointed out, grew faster than travel imports, resulting in a $3.9 billion travel trade surplus for September — the highest surplus in 12 months. More
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American's woes drag down US airlines' on-time rate
from The Associated Press via USA Today
Dragged down by problems at American Airlines, U.S. carriers operated fewer flights on time in September than a year ago. The Transportation Department said that 83.3 percent of all flights were on time, down from 83.9 percent in September 2011 but an improvement from 79.1 percent in August of this year. More
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How booking travel can help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
from The Boston Globe
Hurricane Sandy impacted the entire country when she made her landfall on the East Coast in October. Since then, New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas have been working hard to rebuild their communities and get back what they lost. The devastation is overwhelming — an estimated nearly 8 million people without power, billions of dollars in damage and the lives of many changed forever. We can help. More
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Unprepared travelers hit with airline fees
from CNN
Don't simply saunter up to the boarding gate at a Spirit Airlines flight and think you can carry on your luggage for free. That'll cost you $100 now. While discount carrier Spirit Airlines makes customers pay for most carry-on and checked luggage, its customers could pay up to $100 to bring their bags if they forget to pay in advance. The airline has raised other fees as well. Spirit's fees may seem extreme to some passengers, but most airlines seem to be making money from charging for services beyond the basic ride they provide. More
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TSA boarding pass integrity called into question
from Fodors.com
For thousands of travelers every day the TSA PreCheck program eases the security screening process. No taking shoes off, no taking your laptop out and just a quick walk through the metal detector makes the experience much more reasonable. One of the key aspects of this program is that access on any given day is random, with passengers not knowing if they are selected until they get to the airport. Except it turns out that isn't quite the case. More
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It's better at the beach!

The Daytona Beach area has plenty to offer! With family-style recreation, attractions and entertainment including 23 miles of sparkling beach, it’s your must see destination!

Travel managers brace for an upturn in lodging rates
from The New York Times
With the domestic hotel industry on the cusp of a widespread recovery, operators are breathing a sigh of relief. But business travelers who have gotten used to low rates, the ability to book at the last minute and perks like free Wi-Fi and parking are less enthusiastic. Travel managers, too, are finding that negotiating corporate rates for 2013 is much more challenging. More
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Threefold rise in Taiwanese tourism to US
from eTravel Blackboard
Demand is currently outstripping supply for Taiwanese tourists wishing to book tours and travel to the United States, following Taiwan's inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. With Taiwanese passport holders now granted visa-free stays of up to 90 days in the U.S., companies like Lion Travel Service have reported sizable increases in travel to the United States. More
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