Travel News Report
Mar. 27, 2013

Texas House keeps focus on economic growth
Corpus Christi Caller Times
The Texas House convened in January focused on priorities that will promote economic growth, such as reforming public education, securing reliable supplies of water and making our state budget more transparent. With the legislative session now halfway over, each of these priorities is moving forward.More

Managers cautious but upbeat about Texas economy
A new survey of Texas business owners finds a large majority do not expect an economic downturn in 2013.More

Travel industry praises reintroduction of JOLT Act
Successful Meetings
Earning wide praise from the travel community, Reps. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Mike Quigley, D-Ill., have reintroduced the Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act, a bipartisan effort to create jobs by implementing visa reforms that would increase international travel to the United States. Although it originally was introduced last year by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the JOLT Act failed to come for a vote in the last Congress. If passed, Heck and Quigley say the legislation could attract as many as 98 million more visitors to the United States, create 1 million American jobs and generate as much as $859 billion in revenue by 2020.More

Survey: Bothersome US entry procedures stymie inbound international travel
Business Travel News
According to newly released survey results, the U.S. customs and entry procedures for inbound international travelers is "embarrassingly" lengthy and inefficient. Such entry delays, according to a poll of 1,200 travelers from other countries, are deterrents for those considering a visit to the United States.More

4 tips for managing a social media crisis
Having a social media policy in place with a crisis-management component is imperative when it comes to managing a social media crisis, sources said during a recent "Crisis Management in Social Media" webinar. Daniel Craig, a former hotel GM and founder of Reknown, a company that specializes in marketing, social media and reputation management strategies for hotels, said crisis management should entail who is responsible for managing the situation, what his or her duties are and how to reach the person during off hours.More