Travel News Report
Apr. 22, 2015

Consumer confidence soars to second highest level since 2007
Business Insider
Consumer confidence is soaring. The preliminary reading on consumer confidence from the University of Michigan came in at 95.9, topping expectations for a reading of 94.0. This is the second highest reading since 2007. Expectations were for the reading to come in at 94.0, up from 93.0 at the end of February. More

Examining current industry trends
U.S. Travel Association
2015 is starting off similar to how 2014 ended as wage growth for American workers is showing some signs of life and is generally expected to accelerate going forward; consumer optimism continues to improve; export growth has slowed, but travel continues to outperform other sectors.More

Congress introduces pro-travel legislation to fast-track trade agreements
Successful Meetings
Congress recently introduced a new "Trade Promotion Authority" (TPA) bill that would "fast track" the Obama administration's ability to form new international trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed treaty to enhance trade between the United States and 11 other Pacific nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.More

Are you ready to salute our industry during Texas Travel & Tourism Week 2015?
Travel and Tourism Week is May 2-10, 2015. The travel community marks the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local governments. Tell us what you have planned and use the hashtags #lifesbetter and #nttw2015!More

Dallas to host global tourism summit in 2016
The Dallas Morning News
As it seeks to become more of a global draw for visitors and corporations, Dallas scored a win with the announcement recently that the World Travel & Tourism Council will hold next year's Global Summit in North Texas. The two-day event, which attracts more than 100 CEOs of major travel and tourism companies along with tourism ministers from key travel destinations, will be coming to the U.S. for only the third time since the summit began 15 years ago.More

Travel brands that don't understand social media will perish
At this point, in 2015, about 11 years after the founding of Facebook and nine years after Twitter debuted, the travel industry is well-versed in social media, right? Wrong. At least that's the view espoused by members of a social media panel at the World Travel & Tourism Council's Global Summit in Madrid.More

Sacrificing free coffee and peanuts for on-board Wi-Fi
In a similar vein as guests apparently now willing to swap some hotel amenities for free Wi-Fi, air passengers are also willing to trade to items get connected. No surprise there, really — who realistically would want endless cups of coffee and a few bags of a dozen peanuts if they could carry on using their devices whilst flying from A to B. More