US Officials Meet Travel Industry over Security
U.S. homeland security officials sat down with travel industry executives on Friday to try to address growing complaints by fliers who feel they are facing overly intrusive screening at U.S. airports.
Industry officials, travelers and pilots have complained bitterly to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about new full-body scanners and more rigorous pat-down checks begun recent weeks.
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.
Napolitano: Scanners are Safe, Pat-downs Discreet
from USA Today
Nearly a year after a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas Day, the recent attempt by terrorists to conceal and ship explosive devices aboard aircraft bound for the United States reminds us that al-Qaeda and those inspired by its ideology are determined to strike our global aviation system and are constantly adapting their tactics for doing so. Our best defense against such threats remains a risk-based, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures, both seen and unseen, including law enforcement, advanced technology,
intelligence, watch-list checks and international collaboration.
Group Plans National Opt-Out Day to Protest Airport Security
from Smarter Travel
There's a movement afoot to designate Nov. 24 – the day before Thanksgiving – National Opt-Out Day, in an effort to draw attention to what many travelers feel are invasive new security measures from the TSA. National Opt-Out Day asks people to opt out of the TSA's body scanners in favor of the new enhanced pat downs, and to have that pat down completed in full view so "every citizen [can] see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens."
US Travel CEO Bolsters Advocacy, Communication Staff
from CEO Update
Working in the hotel industry since age 18, Roger Dow left the Marriott Corporation after a long and successful career. To him, travel is not just a primary economic engine, but a way to expand both personal and professional experience. “It’s the four R’s. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, I grew up with. [Now] it’s reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and roaming.” As the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO, he strives to raise the profile of his industry while meeting ongoing legislative, public relations challenges.
US Travel Industry Seeking Recovery
from The Epoch Times
Prices for traveling have been increasing, a troubling development for a travel industry that already has been hit hard by economic upheaval and various natural and man-made disasters, according to the U.S. Travel Association. The Travel Price Index (TPI) went up by 2.8 percent in September, when compared to the same month in 2009. In large part, this increase was attributed to increases in airline transportation costs for people and goods, which increased by 6.1 percent, and fuel costs, which increased by 5.4 percent.
New Deloitte Survey Finds Business Travelers
Anticipate More Trips in 2011
from Yahoo! Finance
Business travelers are anticipating an increase in corporate travel for 2011 – a welcomed boost in customer demand for the hospitality and travel sectors – according to a new survey from Deloitte. By the end of 2011, 80 percent of business travelers surveyed predict they will take more or the same number of business trips than they did in 2010, with a similar number (79 percent) of respondents indicating that they will also spend more or the same. When asked how their 2010 travel levels would net out, the majority of these business travel survey respondents (71 percent) said they anticipated taking more or the same number of business trips. Only 29 percent of business travelers expected less travel in 2010.
Clear Checks Resume at Orlando Airport
from the Orlando Sentinel
Frequent fliers are once again zipping to the front of the security lines at Orlando International Airport now that the Clear registered traveler service that shut down in June 2009 has been reopened under new ownership. The Clear lines opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday at both sides of the OIA passenger terminal. By 10 a.m. about 150 old and new customers had shown their cards and moved right to the metal detector stations, said Caryn Seidman-Becker, chief executive officer of AlClear, the new owner of the service.
Industry Loses Expert in House, Maintains Status Quo in Senate
from Travel Weekly
The travel industry will lose several friends in Congress as a result of the midterm elections, but most of the industry's major champions held on to their seats. The notable exception was Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Oberstar, who has amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of transportation and travel issues during his 35 years in the House, narrowly lost his seat to Chip Cravaack, a political newcomer and retired Northwest pilot who ran on a platform of traditional conservative issues. Cravaack's campaign ads portrayed Oberstar as a "Washington insider."
Sneak Preview: Guidelines for Green Meetings
from Meetings and Conventions
The meetings industry is on the cusp of having explicit standards for organizing green events. The documentation will be available by the end of the year in the form of the APEX/ASTM Standard Specifications for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences. Undertaken by the Alexandria, Va.-based Convention Industry Council as part of its Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, the project to create the standards began in October 2007, headed up by Amy Spatrisano, principal of Portland, Ore.-based MeetGreen and a founder of the Green Meetings Industry Council, and Sue Tinnish, an Arlington Heights, Ill.-based facilitator and industry consultant.
Register Early and Save
for International Pow Wow
from the U.S. Travel Association
Make plans today to secure your booth space for U.S. Travel’s International Pow Wow, May 21-25, 2011 in San Francisco. Register by Nov. 29 at the lowest price and save up to $270 per delegate. 2011 is shaping up to be a record breaking year and U.S. Travel is expecting exhibit space to sell out with a larger buyer and media turnout for this extraordinary event. With passage of the Travel Promotion Act and the new Corporation for Travel Promotion board in place, now is the time to seize the great growth opportunity expected in international inbound travel to the United States. Time is running out to save and take advantage of the early bird discount. To register and learn more go to www.powwowonline.com.