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Our multi-billion dollar job magnet
from New York Daily News
Just a month after taking office, Bill de Blasio will become our first mayor to host the world's premier sporting event: the Super Bowl. The event is expected to inject $550 million into the local economy and draw more than 100,000 visitors to the region. It will also serve as a clear reminder to the new administration that travel and tourism is a cornerstone of our city's economy.
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Cracks in air travel may widen
from The New York Times
Two new studies have found that rough days may be ahead for air travel congestion. Air travel infrastructure in the U.S. is in such bad shape that the average day at the nation's airports might resemble the busiest travel days of the year at nearly all of the top 50 American airports within the decade, according to the studies.
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Travel is the best medicine, study finds
from Los Angeles Times
Traveling keeps you young. Or at least healthier. That's the finding of a new study linking travel to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even the promotion of brain health. The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, has released research that shows travel offers the same sort of physical and cognitive benefits as crossword puzzles or museum visits.
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Travel group wants proposed fee to help fliers
from The Salt Lake Tribune
The president of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Travel Association said a proposal in the latest Congressional budget deal that would hike the Aviation Passenger Security Fee should be used to benefit air travelers and not as a way to simply fund the Transportation Security Administration functions.
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FCC vs. DOT: The noisy conversation over in-flight phone calls
from International Business Times
Though nearly two-dozen airlines in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East already let fliers make a call at 35,000 feet, the battle over whether or not to allow similar policies in U.S. skies is shaping up to be a long and contentious one.
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Share this: Taking vacation boosts productivity
from Travel Agent
Here's an interesting tidbit to share with your clients: according to the Society for Human Resources Management, employees who take vacation leave enjoy greater productivity, increased job satisfaction, and higher organizational morale than those who do not.
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AAA: Year-end holiday travel expected to increase for the fifth consecutive year to 94.5 million travelers
from AAA
AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6 percent from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season.
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    Labor Day on the roads, Thanksgiving in the skies
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    Recently, millions of Americans struggled to get where they wanted to go over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the moment, Thanksgiving-like delays and congestion are a nuisance relegated to a few times a year. But not for long. As the economy recovers and long-haul travel continues to grow, travelers very soon will begin to experience Thanksgiving-like congestion several days of each and every week.
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    TSA opens enrollment centers for expedited airport security program
    from The Washington Post
    A program intended to zip you through airport security lines will expand in the Washington area as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) opens three enrollment centers. It's all part of TSA administrator John S. Pistole's drive to lessen the burden and focus on average passengers so that TSA security workers can spend more of their energy looking for people who pose a genuine threat.
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    U.S. Travel Association names two to its Hall of Leaders
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    The U.S. Travel Association has named Mike Gallagher of CityPASS and Randy Garfield of The Walt Disney Company as the newest members of its Hall of Leaders, which recognizes, "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry, stimulated greater achievement and raised industry-wide standards."

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    More hotels are catering to Chinese travelers
    Los Angeles Times
    Yu Chao Liang and his wife saved a few bucks recently by checking into a mid-price chain hotel in Santa Monica for a two-day business trip from Suzhou, China. But they were not impressed.

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    What millennials can teach us about traveling well
    Condé Nast Traveler
    They haven't been traveling long, but it may be that Millennials, those precocious darlings of demographers born in the mid-'80s, are the world's most accomplished travelers.

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    IPW Exhibit Space
    from U.S. Travel Association
    Exhibit space for IPW Chicago is almost sold-out! Register now before it's too late. Appointment scheduling goes live in January, and booth assignments are right around the corner. With more than 1,300 leisure, domestic and meeting/incentive buyers in attendance from more than 70 countries, there's no better platform to do business as a travel supplier. Register today for IPW Chicago, April 5-9, 2014.
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    Register for Destination Capitol Hill
    from U.S. Travel Association
    Registration is now open for Destination Capitol Hill! At travel’s premier legislative fly-in, February 26-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C., you'll meet with Members of Congress, hear from expert speakers, network with key influencers, and discuss opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. Register now to save 30 percent. Act quickly: The early bird rate of $95 ends January 13.
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