Travel News Report
Jan. 14, 2015

Business travel rebounds into record territory
Buoyed by a strengthening economy, U.S. businesses spent a record amount on corporate travel in 2014 and are expected to spend even more this year, according to the latest forecast from the Global Business Travel Association. U.S. companies spent an estimated $292.2 billion last year on an increased number of business trips. And they are forecast to spend over $310 billion — 6.2 percent more — in 2015.More

Banner year for US travel industry
eTurbo News
"Following the largest three month gain in the past two years, job growth in the travel industry took a temporary pause in December, with employment edging down a slight 3,900 for the month," said David Huether, senior vice president for economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, reacting to the recent Labor Department employment report and the U.S. Department of Commerce export report.More

Chinese rank US among top three popular destinations
China Daily USA
The United States is the second most popular travel destination for Chinese vacationers, topped for the second consecutive year by closer-to-home favorite Japan, according to a survey conducted by US-based travel information website Travelzoo Inc. New Zealand secured the third spot. At the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting held in Beijing last year, President Barack Obama announced the China-U.S. agreement on a reciprocal 10-year visa that allows multiple entries for tourists and businessmen and gives students of both countries five-year visas.More

American Airlines' new flights to China boost traffic numbers in 2014
Dallas Business Journal
New American Airlines routes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Hong Kong and Shanghai boosted 2014 traffic for the airline, though overall load factors declined slightly. Revenue passenger miles for flights over the Pacific Ocean were 8.3 billion for 2014, a 5.7 percent increase over the previous year, according to traffic data released recently. More

How technology will shape the travel marketing industry in 2015
The year ahead in travel will prove to be an exciting one, as multi-screen and technological advances continue to shape and influence how we plan our holidays and traveling arrangements. More

Facebook still king of popular kids on social media, with highest engagement
Much has been made about the impending demise of Facebook, most especially when considering the platform's waning popularity among teenage users. The stats related to the network's slowing user growth has contributed to this narrative — although when you look at the number of actual adult internet users using Facebook, it's not dire at all. In fact, it's impressive when considering that the nearest competitor isn't even at half the share. More