Travel News Report
Mar. 12, 2014

Dallas Fed expects the Texas economy to continue growing at a moderate pace in 2014
The Dallas Morning News
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas forecasts the Texas economy to continue growing at a moderate rate this year, but it still will outpace most other states. Keith R. Phillips, a senior economist, and Christopher Slijk, a research assistant at the Dallas Fed's San Antonio branch wrote in the latest Southwest Economy publication that they expect Texas employment to pick up 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in this year.More

U.S. Travel reports: Winter sees more travel jobs, fewer travel exports
Successful Meetings
Although it's been a cruel winter, at least one thing has managed to grow in spite of the weather: travel industry employment, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which last week released an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor's February jobs report.More

Economic hit from latest weather flight woes? U.S. Travel Association says $94.8 million loss
Travel Agent Central
The latest weather woes are hurting the travel industry's wallet — and hard. U.S. Travel Association economists said its research shows cancellation of one U.S. domestic flight for weather-related reasons costs $31,600 in passengers' lost economic activity. With data from FlightAware.com showing some 3,000 flights have been cancelled due to the latest winter weather, U.S. Travel Association says that translates to a total economic loss of $94.8 million.More

Why Pinterest is a must-have for hoteliers
Hospitality Net
The battle over social media channel dominance continues to wage, as Pinterest (21 percent) becomes more popular than Twitter (18 percent) among Internet users in 2013, according to Pew Research Center. Further statistics from ShareThis shows that for the first time, Pinterest outpaced email to become the third most popular sharing channel in the fourth quarter of 2013.More

National Travel and Tourism Week
Travel Weekly
It's not too early to begin the countdown to National Travel and Tourism Week, which will be observed May 3 to 11. If you're thinking about participating, you have precisely two months to get your act together. The theme this year is the "Travel Effect," a term coined by the U.S. Travel Association that roughly translates to "travel is good for you."More