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Nov. 6, 2009
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Increase in Bed Tax OK'd in Norco
from The Press-Enterprise
Norco voters agreed to increase the city's hotel tax. Election results for the Riverside County city showed voters boosting the tax from 8 to 11 percent. Norco City Council members backed Measure B, saying it would bring in additional revenue without taxing local residents. More

Travel Industry Optimism Arrives with Airline, Hotel Earnings Reports
from USA Today
The U.S. travel industry appears to have survived the recession but has yet to recover from it, earnings results reported from the third-quarter indicate. Delta, the world's largest airline, and US Airways , the USA's sixth-largest, reported losses for the quarter on. But they said they saw signs that travel is beginning to pick up. More

Looking for Salary Information for your Budget?
from CH&LA
CH&LA and Wage Watch are excited to announce the release of the newly completed 2009 Wage Compensation Survey for the lodging industry. This survey is a great tool to help you plan for next year's budget. This is the fourth year of this survey; that includes compensation for 38 key lodging positions, in 12 major areas and 52 sub-markets for both full and limited service properties. More

Tips for Traveling Safely During Flu Season
from The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last spring thousands of travelers canceled trips to Mexico after a swine flu outbreak there emptied beaches and resorts. Staying home won't protect you from swine flu now. Forty-six states have reported widespread flu activity. More

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New National Study Shows Importance of Cultural and Heritage Travel to U.S. Economy, California
The Fox & Hounds Daily
A new study, the first of its kind, confirms that cultural and heritage tourism is huge - and bigger than many of us thought in terms of economic impact. Caroline Beteta, chair of the U.S. Travel Association says that this is great news for just about every destination in the U.S., as they have products that will appeal to this market.

Chinese Tourists to U.S. Come Often, Stay a Long Time and Spend Heavily
from Advertising Age
Nearly 500,000 mainland Chinese traveled to America last year. Visitors from China tend to come frequently and spend an average of 23 nights in the U.S. They also spend more than people from any other country, an average of $7,200 each on accommodation, air travel, dining, shopping and gambling. More

Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay Commits to Extensive 'Green' Initiatives
from Hotel News Resource
The California Green Lodging Program is an initiative of the California Department of General Services to promote pollution prevention practices in the tourism and hospitality industry. The California Green Lodging Program encourages hotels, conference centers, and other hospitality operations to be aware of their impact on the environment and to take steps to reduce these impacts. Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay has committed to consider pollution prevention techniques to reduce their environmental impact whenever it is feasible and in doing so was awarded the leadership level in the California Green Lodging Program. More

California State Parks Cutbacks Widespread
from The San Francisco Chronicle
The California State Parks won't be closed, except during the week and in certain seasons and, really, most of the time, according to a list of cutbacks released recently. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decreed last month that no parks would be shuttered, but the $14.2 million he cut out of the state parks budget means many of the 278 parks in California will be open only on weekends and almost all will have to endure partial closures. More

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