Travel News Report
Jan. 9, 2013

US avoids fiscal cliff: The impact on travel
Successful Meetings
On New Year's Day, U.S. lawmakers narrowly avoided going over the so-called "fiscal cliff" when they passed at the last minute the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The legislation avoids a nightmare scenario resulting from the simultaneous expiration of several laws on Jan. 1, 2013, the result of which would have been simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts with the power to create a second recession. However, it also has several implications — positive and negative — for the travel industry, according to the U.S. Travel Association.More

Spending on business travel predicted to rise
USA Today
Spending on business travel will rise, despite fewer trips, report forecasts. Being economical while on a corporate trip was the No. 1 priority. U.S. companies are expected to spend more on business trips this year, a sign that they may be feeling more optimistic about the economy, a new business travel forecast finds.More

United Nations adopts resolution in support of ecotourism
Successful Meetings
Everyone knows that tourism helps local economies. What they might not realize, however, is that it can fight hunger and help the environment in the process. So argues the United Nations General Assembly, which unanimously adopted a resolution in support of ecotourism. Titled "Promotion of Ecotourism for Poverty Eradication and Environment Protection," the resolution calls on UN member states to adopt pro-ecotourism policies that highlight its "positive impact on income generation, job creation and education, and thus on the fight against poverty and hunger."More

Intercity buses could lead to tourism boost
A study from the Texas Transportation Institute says as airports and highways grow more crowded, the state needs to find more efficient ways of moving people between cities and across regions. One solution could be express intercity buses that operate similar to passenger trains. More