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As 2010 comes to a close, the U.S. Travel Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the U.S. Travel News Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

Editorial: Homers
from Travel Weekly
From March 10, 2010: We have several things to say about the passage of the Travel Promotion Act, and the first one is this: We're still somewhat amazed that this happened. According to our institutional memory, which goes back further than some of us like to admit, the idea of getting the federal government involved in promoting travel to the U.S. has never gotten much traction. For 40 years, during peace and war, during Republican and Democratic administrations, during boom times and during recessions, the U.S. government could never be persuaded to invest in big-time tourism promotion. More
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US Not Profiting as Travel Increases
from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
From Feb. 24, 2010: The 2000s were a "lost decade" for tourism as declines in foreign visitors to the United States cost 440,000 jobs and $509 billion in lost spending, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Travel Association. The report echoed earlier travel industry warnings that the United States following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks developed a reputation for being unfriendly to overseas visitors. Delays and hassles at border posts and airports, and the lack of aggressive U.S. marketing overseas, have contributed to that perception, officials have said. More
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Gulf Spill Could Cost Region $22.7 Billion in Travel Dollars
from CNN
From July 28, 2010: Perception is the wild card in how the oil disaster will affect the Gulf coast region's travel revenue, according to analysis conducted by Oxford Economics for the U.S. Travel Association. The effects of the oil spill on the region's travel industry could last up to three years and cost up to $22.7 billion, according to the study released last week. More
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Destinations and Suppliers Unite to Promote Domestic Travel
from Travel Weekly
From May 5, 2010: Twenty-four U.S. destinations and 26 travel companies have banded together to create a month-long promotional effort organized by the U.S. Travel Association. The promotion, called "Discover America Daily Getaways," launched on Monday at It is intended to help jump-start domestic summer travel. More
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US Officials Meet Travel Industry over Security
from Reuters
From Nov. 17, 2010: U.S. homeland security officials sat down with travel industry executives on Friday to try to address growing complaints by fliers who feel they are facing overly intrusive screening at U.S. airports. Industry officials, travelers and pilots have complained bitterly to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about new full-body scanners and more rigorous pat-down checks begun recent weeks. More
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Oil Spill Tourism? Obama Urges Americans to
'Come Down Here and Visit'

from USA Today
From June 16, 2010: Emerging from a meeting with Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Haley Barbour, R-Miss., President Obama delivered a plug for regional tourism, important to the economies of states all along the Gulf coast. "There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that have not been affected and will not be affected," Obama said. "If people want to help, the best way to help is to come down here and visit." More
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Travel Bug Bites Again
from The Wall Street Journal
From Sept. 29, 2010: Americans' renewed urge to roam is snapping back the travel industry much faster than the rest of the economy. Spending on airplane seats, hotel rooms and rental cars, among other tourism and travel expenses, jumped 3 percent at an inflation-adjusted annual rate in the second quarter, the government said Thursday, while the economy as a whole grew only 1.6 percent. More
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Travel Group Unites US Tourism Strategy
from NPR
From Dec. 15, 2010: The United States doesn't attract nearly as many foreign travelers as it used to. And to try to address that, the U.S. government and travel industry have launched a new travel promotion corporation. The group says one of its first tasks will be convincing international travelers that the U.S. is looking forward to seeing them. Until now, each U.S. state has been responsible for attracting its own domestic and international tourists. The United States has never promoted itself to the world as a whole country. The U.S. never needed to until after the Sept. 11 attacks, says Geoff Freeman of the U.S. Travel Association. Then, he says, international neighbors started feeling like they weren't wanted. More
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E-Mail Saves Time, but Being There Says More
from The New York Times
From Jan. 27, 2010: Over all, business travel dropped sharply last year, primarily because of the weak economy. At the same time, the expanding videoconferencing industry says that remote communications are increasingly replacing business trips. No one doubts that, though the data is mostly anecdotal. But it also reflects a subtle cultural divide between those whose careers have been spent on the road, and those — typically younger employees — who are more comfortable with electronic communications, whether e-mail or, increasingly, videoconferencing. More
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Travel Industry Poised for Comeback
from Politico
From June 30, 2010: It's been a rough road for the multibillion-dollar travel industry. In the past decade, airlines, hotels, cruises — and all that goes with them — have had to cope with everything from grounded planes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to swine flu to volcanic ash to skyrocketing gasoline prices to a devastating economic slump — and now the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But experts say the cloud hanging over the travel industry is showing signs of lifting — because of, in part, a helping hand from Congress. More
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U.S. Travel Assembles Panel to Address Airport Hassles
from Travel Weekly
From March 17, 2010: The U.S. Travel Association has appointed a blue-ribbon panel to produce a roadmap for easing airport security hassles. The group includes Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security; Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines; Jim Turner, former congressman and former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee; and Sam Gilliland, CEO of Sabre Holdings. "We've got to take the hassle out of air travel," said U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow. "When consumers decide it's too much trouble to fly, they hop in their car and visit mom and pop. But when they want to fly, they'll take a big trip." More
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