Travel News Report
Apr. 10, 2013

Texas arts drive the Texas economy
Austin American-Statesman
Arts and culture help fuel our state's economy — it's that simple. Economic impact studies have proved time and time again that there's an inextricable link between the creative industries in a community and that community's economic development, job recruitment and tourism.More

Bill taps into saltwater study for state
San Angelo Standard Times via WaterWorld
In the water session that has been the 83rd Texas Legislature, no options are off the table, including finding a way to make use of salty water. Hence, state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, has put forward House Concurrent Resolution 59. The bill concerns: "Requesting the speaker and lieutenant governor to create a joint interim committee to study seawater desalination on the Texas coast."More

Travel employment growth outpaces overall economy
Newswire via Travel Agent Central
The American travel industry is leading, yet again, the nation's economic growth and recovery, according to David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association in his analysis of recent U.S. employment and exports numbers.More

Cornell study links hotel reviews, room revenue
Travel Weekly
Online reviews of hotels are increasingly having an effect on room demand and now appear to be responsible for rate swings of more than 10 percent, according to a report published by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. The study found a direct link between the rise or fall of revenue per available room (RevPAR) and improvements or declines in the online reputation of a hotel, driven by ratings on sites such as TripAdvisor and Travelocity.More

Forget about hotel amenities, bring on the experiences
USA Today
Hotels used to try to keep guests indoors at their bars, restaurants and spas. Now they're dragging them outside. Hotels are taking their concierge role to a new level, offering tailored experiences that expose guests to the history, foods and attractions of the community surrounding them. The experiences are often exclusive. Sometimes they're free, but most often, they're not.More