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Hotel industry forecast improves as construction drops off
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It looks like this year won't be quite as bad as anticipated for the hotel industry, after all. Smith Travel Research has updated its forecast for 2010 to reflect a stronger performance than previously predicted in the three main metrics—occupancy, revenue per available room, and average daily rate. More

States getting creative with tourism campaigns
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States are turning to a range of new approaches to boost tourism, as they try to bounce back from the huge hit the industry took in the economic downturn last year. Efforts include programs focusing on small towns in Alabama and green destinations in Oklahoma, as well as online campaigns to replace marketing money lost to budget cuts. More

Tax for hotel visitors faces one last agency vote
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The Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to embark on the last leg of a long effort aimed at generating more money to promote Napa Valley as a tourist destination. The board voted unanimously to schedule a May 25 public hearing on the formation of the Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District and to vote on the proposal June 15. More

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Tulare County hotel, motel guest tax rules revised
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Property owners and hotel/motel operators confused about when to add the county's transient occupancy tax to customers' bills have been given direction. The Tulare County Board of Supervisors passed a revised ordinance covering hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, vacation homes and rooms in homes. Confusion about when to charge the tax drew the attention of the Tulare County Grand Jury, which in December reported that vagueness in the county ordinance had cost the county tax revenue. More

Future bright for meetings, but change needed
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Despite growing use of virtual meeting technologies and pressures to rationalize the number of events, the prognosis for small and large events in the year 2020 appears to be strong, according to a survey of 1,125 meeting and event professionals from 76 countries. "But to attract customers will require significant innovation in meeting formats, business models, organizational capabilities and the use of technology," according to Martin Sirk, CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association, which together with IMEX and Fast Future Research sponsored the Convention 2020 study. More

Santa Monica council sends B&B application back to planning commission
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The Santa Monica City Council refused to grant a conditional use permit for an Ocean Park home that would have made it Santa Monica's first bed and breakfast. The Council voted to send the application back to the Planning Commission, which had approved the CUP, for further consideration. More

Twitter is the new go-to site for travelers
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By now most people know using Twitter can be a good way to track down travel deals, but who knew the site could also be your ticket to personalized room service? For wired travelers everywhere, this social-media mammoth—which has seen its number of unique visitors grow nearly 600 percent in the past year—is increasingly becoming the go-to site for everything from getting hotel recommendations to sniffing out mid-trip dinner companions. More

Starwood Hotels launches free weekend promo; earn free night for every three stays
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Starwood announced that it's bringing back a version of last year's popular "SPG Free Weekends" promo, sending yet another sign that the big hotel chains will continue to encourage loyalty members to travel this spring and summer. Some frequent travelers, however, sent me Twitter notes pointing out that Starwood's 2010 version isn't quite as generous as last year's. More

Statewide helmet law moves forward in California
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It hasn't passed—yet. But the bill introduced by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) requiring everyone under 18 to wear a helmet at all California ski resorts has serious momentum. On April 20, the State Assembly Committee approved the bill, entitled SB 880, partially due to support and publicity from an unlikely source: daytime television talk show host, Dr. Phil. More
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