Travel News Report
Feb. 6, 2013

Travel industry continues to offer jobs, careers
Travel Agent Central
The travel industry continues to drive the nation's economic recovery, adding 2,300 jobs in January, driven primarily by increases in the amusements, gambling and recreation sectors, according to David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, in his analysis of the Labor Department report on last month's employment numbers.More

Perry joins chorus calling for water funding
StateImpact Texas
In his biennial "State of the State" speech, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for spending billions to fund water projects and build and repair roads, advocating for taking $3.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund "for a one-time investment in infrastructure programs."More

Hotel execs: Rate hikes to continue through 2016
Business Travel News
Hotel rates should continue to increase during the next four years, primarily as a means to keep pace with rising costs, according to lodging executives speaking the recent the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles.More

Bills aim to stop diverting funds meant for Texas parks
The Texas Tribune
Some legislators are looking to end the practice of diverting funds earmarked for Texas parks, saying that it compromises the integrity of the stage budget and the quality of the parks. State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, has filed Senate Bill 175, which would eliminate the diversion of funds from the sporting goods tax, which according to state law is supposed to go toward parks.More

Business taking flight: What is current air traffic telling us about the economy?
The Huffington Post
Peter Hall, chief economist at Export Development Canada, writes, "I'm just back from my first international business trip of the year, a whirlwind three-city tour of Mexico. I spend a lot of time in airports each year, and I'm always interested in how busy they are. After all, a busy airport and full planes should mean the economy is going well, right? Well, the airports and the airplanes looked packed to me, at all hours of the day, and on various routes. Even the front cabin was full — those hoping for an upgrade were generally disappointed. But what do the stats say?"More