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Holiday travel is expected to break records
from Los Angeles Times
The economy is on the mend, unemployment is on the decline and fuel prices have dropped for more than two months, setting the stage for the busiest holiday travel period in history. Nearly 11.7 million Californians are expected to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday season, with 7.3 million of those coming from Southern California, posting what the Automobile Club of Southern California predicts will be records. The travel numbers represent a 1.8 percent increase over last year for both the state and the region. More
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Face-to-face meetings key to business growth, CFOs say
from Successful Meetings
Sixty-one percent of chief financial officers say corporate spending on business travel will be the same or higher in 2013 as in 2012, according to a new CFO survey by American Express, the results of which were released in December. The survey of 200 U.S. CFOs and senior financial executives found that face-to-face meetings are the No. 1 reason to invest in business travel: When asked what the most important reasons are to make travel investments, 37 percent of senior finance executives said "building new business" and 35 percent said "retaining current business." And yet, 64 percent said corporate travel policies will continue to be restrictive in pursuit of savings. More
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How the fiscal cliff is poised to disrupt travel
from PeterGreenberg.com
There has been a lot of news about the projected impacts of the fiscal cliff, a combination of federal tax increases and budget cuts set to occur Jan. 1 unless the government comes up with a solution. And the travel industry is not immune. According to a report from Representative Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, the Transportation Security Administration will be forced to eliminate 7,240 security officers. More
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Airport security procedures revamped as holiday travel begins
from The New York Times via The Seattle Times
As travelers throughout the United States head to airports this holiday season, they will find welcome changes to security screening procedures. The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its PreCheck trusted traveler program to 35 airports, allowing members who have been deemed low risk to keep shoes, jackets and belts on. More
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Train travel makes a comeback
from MSN Money
Train travel in the U.S. has long been derided as outdated, inefficient, expensive and a sad relic of America's past rail glories. But given high gas prices, worsening traffic conditions, airline industry cuts and government pledges to renew the nation's infrastructure, it appears passenger train service is quietly making a comeback across the country. More
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A traveler's plea: Turn off your devices on vacation!
from Detroit Free Press via USA Today
Gab, gab, gab. Type, type, type. Tweet, tweet, tweet. And, waitress, can you get me a Mai Tai? Increasingly, Americans are not truly vacationing when they go on vacation. We leave home — and sometimes spend thousands of dollars for a week or longer in a beautiful spot — but are tethered by so much technology we never achieve true relaxation. We might as well remain in our basements, glazed eyes glued to the iPad, which shines just like the Florida sun on our pale faces. More
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Congress passes bill that streamlines baggage screening
from Travel Weekly
Congress passed and sent to the White House the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 (S. 3542), a bill introduced in September aimed at eliminating some duplicative security screening for connecting baggage at U.S. airports. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill, which has broad bipartisan and industry support. The bill, sponsored by Senate Tourism Caucus co-chairs Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives the Transportation Security Administration the discretion to waive the rescreening of through-checked baggage arriving from pre-clearance airports in Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. More
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Frequent-flier rewards: Change is in the air
from USA Today
For frequent-flier programs, one of the airline industry's most popular perks, change is in the air. Last year, Southwest, which carries more domestic passengers than any other airline, switched its loyalty program to one that awards points based on the fare a passenger pays rather than giving a credit for each flight. Virgin America and JetBlue similarly peg loyalty points to dollars spent rather than miles flown. No legacy network carrier — United, Delta, American or US Airways — says it's planning to switch from the decades-old model that allows fliers to earn their way to a free trip based on the distance they fly. But some loyalty program watchers believe it won't be long before a big network airline heads the way of some of their low-cost peers. More
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Hotel-retail mixed-use: The rebirth of bricks and mortar
from Global Hospitality Group
A wave of "hotel-retail mixed-use" is coming. It may mark the rebirth of bricks and mortar. Put on the back burner by the Great Recession, the hotel-retail mixed-use development is back in play. Virtually every major shopping center and mall owner is exploring whether it makes sense to add a hotel component to existing projects, and are checking feasibility for new ones. Some new hotel-retail projects are underway, and many others are in the planning stage. More
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