Travel News Report
Mar. 26, 2014

Galveston Bay oil spill: Tar balls wash along the sand
The Weather Channel
Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into Texas' Galveston Bay after a barge carrying nearly 1 million gallons of oil collided with another ship Saturday. Crews have being working around the clock to contain the spill, going so far as to close down one of the world's busiest waterways for moving petrochemicals, but traces of oil have still been detected as far out as 12 miles in the Gulf of Mexico.More

U.S. Travel meets with industry leaders at White House
Newswire via Travel Agent Central
The U.S. Travel Association, along with some select industry leaders, gathered at the White House to discuss America's top travel and tourism priorities and advance the goals of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, launched by President Barack Obama in May 2012 to draw 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.More

Travel, tourism contribute $7 trillion to world economy
Successful Meetings
Travel and tourism contributed nearly $7 trillion to the world economy last year, accounting for 9.5 percent of global GDP, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, which recently published its annual economic impact report, "Travel & Tourism: Economic Impact 2014 – World."More

Age matters: Conference centers are evolving their offerings to appeal to younger generations
Successful Meetings
At no other point in the history of meetings and events have there been so many generations in the workforce at one time. Planners must not only consider those in their 20s when planning meetings and events but those in their 70s as well.More

How to reach travelers on Facebook
Native advertising specialists Ampush has compiled some of statistics on how Facebook users engage with travel, providing some actionable conclusions for marketers looking to leverage the platform.More