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Atlanta Company Says Business Travel Increasing
from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Mirage and Las Vegas Sands Corp. executives, during their companies’ recent quarterly earnings reports, said advance convention and meetings bookings for 2010 are on the rise. Tammy Farley of The Rainmaker Group is witness to the trend. Farley, an executive vice president and principal of the Atlanta-based company that sells revenue management software to the hotel industry, said her clients are providing incremental data showing that business travel is starting to rebound after a dismal 2009. More
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Can a New U.S. Tourism Board Woo Visitors?
from TIME Magazine
Health care legislation may be garnering most of the headlines these days, but it's far from the only bill circulating on Capitol Hill. Another new piece of legislation quietly making its way to President Obama's desk is the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) -- it has already been approved by the Senate and is now in front of the House -- which would establish the country's first official nonprofit tourism board. More
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Roger Dow Preaches Face-to-face to the World
from Tradeshow Week
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Assn. and keynote speaker for the TSW Fastest 50 executive-level conference, not only has been the face of the travel industry for the past five years, but also an outspoken supporter of the tradeshow industry since the first whispers against both began just as the economic recession started to take hold. As head of the travel industry's most significant lobbying organization, he is a staunch believer in the power of face-to-face marketing and the role that travel and tradeshows play in the U.S. economy. More
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U.S. Recovery is a 'Fragile' One, Travel Industry Panel Says
from Hotel News Now
Recovery was the topic at hand, and pricing was the biggest concern. Travel industry experts who were gathered at IHG’s Americas Investors & Leadership Conference last week provided a sober look at the factors affecting recovery for the hotel industry. More
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Obama Administration Seeks to Fix Airline Industry
from The Associated Press
The Obama administration is taking its first step toward trying to fix the ailing airline industry, mired in a severe economic slump and facing safety worries. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood held a forum last week to discuss the state of the industry and ways government can help provide economic stability for air carriers. The industry has been rocked by repeated crises in recent years, including the 9/11 terror attacks, the SARS virus and the current economic downturn. More
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TRAVDEX™--The Travel Technology Solution for Buyers and Sellers

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Worried About Losing Tax Revenue, Congress to Investigate Airlines' Fees
from The New York Times
When airlines charge extra fees, are they really just another fare increase in disguise? It is not just a theoretical question to help travelers pass the time in an airport. Congress has been furrowing its collective brow at the practice. An investigation is under way, and could lead to changes in this increasingly popular tactic that airlines use to bring in more revenue without raising fares. More
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U.S. Airlines Avoiding Role in Climate Change
from the San Francisco Chronicle
As the Congress considers historic climate change legislation and diplomats prepare for December's U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, it is time that the domestic airline industry stops trying to fly above the debate over how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While air travel only contributes 2 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the International Air Transport Association, the U.S. aviation sector emitted 124 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2003 alone - equal to a year's worth of driving by 23 million cars. More
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U.S. Travel Extends Early Registration
For International Pow Wow to Nov. 23

from the U.S. Travel Association
To provide budget relief for as many in the industry as possible, U.S. Travel has extended the early registration deadline for U.S. Suppliers attending International Pow Wow in May until Monday, Nov. 23. The 2010 event is sure to attract thousands of U.S. Suppliers, who plan to capitalize on next year’s projected upswing in international inbound travel. Suppliers registering by midnight, Nov. 23, will receive scheduling priority with more than 1,200 buyers from 70 countries and save up to $270 per delegate. Learn more at
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