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International tourism to US up 7 percent in first half
from Sun Sentinel
International visitors continue to give a solid boost to tourism in the United States, new government numbers show. In June, the number of international visitors to the country rose 7 percent from a year ago to 5.3 million. It's the 15th straight month of increases in international tourism to the U.S. Top markets in June continued to be Canada, up 9 percent, and Mexico, up 2 percent, from a year earlier. Arrivals from Brazil jumped 13 percent from a year ago, said the federal government's Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. For the first half this year, international tourism to the United States rose 7 percent to 30.5 million, the agency said. More
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Travel may get clipped by the fiscal cliff
from USA Today
Of all the industries likely to get clipped by the fiscal cliff, travel is probably near the top of the list. Companies already are cutting back on business travel ahead of the scheduled Jan. 1 start of a feared combination of big tax increases and spending cuts that economists warn could cause a recession if they all occur at once. More
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Travel is serious business, trade group says
from The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe recently spoke with Roger Dow, chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association trade group, about the country's diminishing share of international tourists, racial profiling at Logan International Airport and watching former Secretary of State Colin Powell getting searched by a Transportation Security Administration agent. More
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New York City tourism gearing up for holiday season post-Sandy
from The Associated Press via NBC News
The Big Apple's tourism sector is gearing up for the holidays and trying to get out the message that all but a handful of attractions and hotels are open following Superstorm Sandy. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York Aquarium at Coney Island remained closed at Thanksgiving, along with a couple of Lower Manhattan hotels: the Best Western Seaport Inn Downtown, the Holiday Inn Express New York City on Wall Street and the World Center Hotel. But the 9/11 Memorial park downtown is back to normal, as is nearly all subway service. More
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Holiday travel up from previous year
from Longview News-Journal
Whether traveling by bus, plane, train or car, plenty of miles were logged when holiday travelers left the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing behind and headed back home. According to the AAA 2012 Travel Forecast, 43.6 million, or 0.7 percent more people, were expected to travel during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday season than the previous year. The slight increase reflected a national 15 percent hike in the price of gasoline from early July through mid-October. More
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Airport security is making Americans less safe
from Bloomberg Businessweek
The arrival of the holiday season in the U.S. marks the start of the busiest travel period of the year. For millions of Americans, it's a time of misery — hours spent waiting out weather delays and missed connections in crumbling domestic airport terminals with oppressive overhead lighting and bad food. But what makes the experience of air travel truly abominable is the government agency ostensibly designed to ease anxieties about getting on planes: the Transportation Security Administration. Far from making travel safer, the U.S.'s approach to airport security is putting the lives of even more people at risk. More
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US travel operators 'very optimistic' after Taiwan's VWP inclusion
from CNA via Focus Taiwan
United States travel operators have expressed high optimism that Taiwan's Nov. 1 inclusion in the U.S. Visa Wavier Program will boost the U.S. tourism sector, anticipating a 30 percent to 200 percent increase in Taiwanese visitors within a year. "It is the best timing, and we're very excited and optimistic," said Helen Tsui, a director at the San Francisco Travel Association, who is visiting Taiwan as part of the largest U.S. tourism delegation to ever come to the country to encourage more people to travel to the U.S. More
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As rail travel gains momentum, Amtrak Vacations adds capacity
from Travel Weekly
The country's renewed thirst for rail and domestic travel has given Amtrak Vacations the confidence to more than double — and in some cases triple — its capacity and product offerings for 2013 in the hopes that U.S. travelers are poised to rediscover the lost practice of leisure rail travel. "Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are really like the sleeping giant," said Frank Marini, an escorted tour operator veteran who was tapped as president of Yankee Leisure Group this year. Yankee Leisure Group operates the Amtrak Vacations brand. He said travelers increasingly opt to take the train over other modes of transportation and said Amtrak Vacations is hoping to carry that trend into the leisure travel market. More
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