Travel News Report
Feb. 11, 2015

Roger Dow's State of the Travel Industry
Travel Pulse
VideoBriefU.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow delivered what is intended to be the first of an annual State of the Travel Industry address in a video message to travel and tourism leaders. "Travel continues to be an economic powerhouse," Dow said. "The dynamism of our industry was on full display last year, setting records across the board."More

TTIA Legislative Update — Feb. 10, 2015
TTIA
The 84th Legislature have convened to begin work on addressing some of the state's pressing issues including writing a state budget within adopted budget constraints, critical transportation infrastructure funding needs as well as education funding issues, specifically, funding for school counselors, student vocational education and student enrollment growth.More

Travel industry reports increased employment, exports
Successful Meetings
In spite of a surging dollar, the travel industry continues to grow, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which recently reported the latest travel employment and export data from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, travel industry employment increased for the seventh consecutive month in January, rising by 13,500 to a total of 8.1 million jobs.More

The hotel industry must begin its inner journey
Hospitality Net
Today's fascination for artificial intelligence leads many to imagine a future where computers would make a major contribution to all the operations in all sectors of day-to-day life. After CAD and CAP, has the time has come for CAH — Computer Aided Hospitality? The development of Revenue management has encouraged modeling behavior, the creation of nearly magical algorithms to optimize revenues.More

Four tips for passing Google's new mobile-friendly test
Entrepreneur
With 2 billion smartphone or tablet users expected to engage in some form of mobile commerce transactions by 2017, brands can’t afford to not be mobile. So why are consumers shopping on-the-go still being directed to sites with tiny text, excessive scrolling or worse – requiring Flash? Google, the undisputed leader in search, has decided websites need to meet the growing consumer demand for mobile performance and is rolling out a new "mobile friendly" label for smartphone search results. More