Travel News Report
Mar. 5, 2014

Impact of historic 2011 drought lingers in Texas
The Associated Press via The Eagle
Almost three years have passed since the rains returned and Texas emerged from a historic drought. Yet there still isn't enough water. The impact of record-breaking heat and years of little or no rainfall can be felt long after a dry spell passes, and Texas is now struggling with the brunt of a historic yearlong drought that crippled the state's lakes, agriculture and water supplies.More

National park tourism in Texas creates $188.1 million in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that the 3.94 million visitors to Texas national parks in 2012 spent $188.1 million and supported 2,592 jobs in the state.More

Dallas vies for 2016 Republican National Convention
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas leaders have decided to vie for the 2016 Republican National Convention and have begun recruiting members for a host committee. "The city of Dallas is enthusiastically throwing its hat in the ring!" Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, wrote in a letter co-signed by retired Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican. "We must move quickly. Our bid preparation is underway."More

International tourism brought $181 billion to US economy in 2013
International visitors to the United States spent a record-breaking $180.7 billion on travel-related goods, services, and airfares in 2013, according to data released by the National Travel & Tourism Office. Tourism receipts increased 9 percent since 2012 and average monthly spend rose by $1.3 billion.More

Austin rolls out the red carpet for British Airways
USA Today
It was British Airways' day in Austin on Monday. Literally. The carrier launched its Austin service, operating its inaugural flight from London and giving the city its first-ever nonstop service across the Atlantic.More

Why the Ellen Oscar selfie took off — and what it says about Twitter
Mike Orren writes, "Even those who slept through the Academy Awards know about the 'selfie' photo that became the most retweeted item ever. Any brand can learn a lot from this tweet. While you may not be able to reach national television scale, there are core concepts you can adopt in your social media."More