Travel News Report
Apr. 2, 2014

Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss makes appointments to four water committees
Cypress Creek Mirror
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced his appointments to four water-related committees, signaling the issue's continued importance to the House's work. The appointees will work to ensure that efforts to improve the state's water supply are properly and effectively implemented. They will also help the full House prepare to address water matters in the next legislative session, which begins in January 2015.More

Perryman: How big is Texas? Economic development and sales tax
Odessa American
The Texas Legislature made a very smart move 25 years ago: providing a mechanism to fund local economic development efforts. The Development Corporation Act had been passed in 1979, allowing cities to form economic development corporations to attempt to attract new businesses. However, funds available for this purpose were scarce. The Legislature amended the Act in 1989, and the sales tax for economic development was born.More

Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth mayors back bullet train
The Texas Tribune
The mayors of Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth announced their unified support for the construction of a privately funded bullet train between the two metropolitan regions. The mayors praised the project and predicted it would aid the state economically and environmentally by reducing the number of people traveling by car.More

Lodging industry promotes 911 direct dial
Successful Meetings
Meeting planners are charged not only with creating a memorable meeting for their attendees, but also with creating a safe one. It might surprise you to know, therefore, that guests at many hotels aren't able to dial 911 directly from hotel phones. At many properties, they must first dial out — which in the event of an emergency can cause life-threatening delays.More

Apple, Google, and Intel are laying the foundation for the 'Internet of you'
VentureBeat
Wearable technology is on a collision course with the Internet of everything. When the two collide, we will enter into a new era of the Internet of you. The recent Apple Healthbook and Google's Android Wear, combined with Motorola's Moto 360 news are taking the wearable space to the next level.More