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Travel employment hits new record high
from Travel Agent Central
The U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November — the highest monthly increase since early 2012— with widespread gains in all sectors, according to a Labor Department report, drawing praise from travel industry economists.
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New ban on racial profiling to exempt TSA, customs and border
from The Chicago Tribune
As the Obama administration prepares to announce new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, government officials said recently that many officers and agents at the Department of Homeland Security will still be allowed to use the controversial practice, including while they screen airline passengers and guard the country's southwestern border.
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    U.S. woos Chinese tourists with social media, fried dough fritters and a quiz (Finanical Times)
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New York to L.A. in 2.5 hours (or less)
from CNN Money Tech
Over a decade after the Concorde made its last transatlantic flight, a number of companies are working on the next generation of supersonic passenger aircraft capable of speeds at least twice as fast as current commercial planes.
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Top 10 hospitality industry trends in 2015
from 4Hoteliers
Reauthorizing Brand USA through a renewal of the Travel Promotion Act is something that the lodging industry will continue to promote because the initial legislation attracted more than 1.1 million additional visitors to the US that resulted in $3.4 billion in spending. This public-private partnership has been highly successful and the legislation’s renewal is critical.
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TSA reminds holiday travelers to review prohibited items list
from Time Warner Cable News
With the holidays fast approaching, the TSA is reminding travelers of prohibited items.
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A Journey into the Past!

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Why and how you should kick your employees out of the office
from Fast Company
Entry-level associates are sleeping next to smartphones, senior managers are logging 80-plus-hour weeks, and nobody is taking their vacation time. U.S. employees surrendered 169 million days of paid time off (PTO), totaling $52.4 billion in lost benefits in 2013 alone, according to research from the U.S. Travel Association.
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Experience Las Cruces, New Mexico
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What happens when your drone escapes
from The Wall Street Journal
A computer that freezes might lose a document. A drone that malfunctions might fly away.
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Influence policy. Impact travel.
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