Travel News Report
May. 13, 2015

More visitors, more exports — US trade agreements matter to the travel economy
Meetings & Conventions
When most Americans think of "trade," they think of cars, textiles, agricultural products — basically, things moved in the box containers you see lifted on and off ships in Long Beach, California; Galveston; or Norfolk, Virginia. I'm a hotelier by trade. The association I lead represents hotels and other businesses and organizations with a financial stake in seeing more people travel to and within the United States. More

US among world's most competitive travel and tourism economies
TravelPulse
Spain, France, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. are the top five economies most ready for tourism, according to the latest Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. The report utilizes the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), which is designed to measure a number of factors and policies "that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country."More

Rise in higher-paying jobs lighting US economy
USA TODAY
ob growth last month shifted to higher-paying positions in a sign of a broadening labor market recovery. Professional and business services, construction and health care led the solid 223,000 job gains reported by the Labor Department. Retail and leisure and hospitality lagged. Both have been engines of payroll gains through most of the U.S. employment upswing since 2010.More

37.2 million Americans expected to get away this Memorial Day
Mashable
Heading out of town this Memorial Day? You won't be alone. AAA estimates 37.2 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home for the holiday, a rise of 4.7 percent from last year and the highest number in 10 years. The organization credits the increase to a stronger economy and lower gas prices.More

Travel ancillary revenue excellence ... in three steps
Tnooz
Bob Dufour, president of Fusion writes: In my previous post, I discussed how earnings have continued to skyrocket for travel providers who sell ancillary products "smarter" by deploying strategic optimization practices, backed by real-time technology and advanced data analytics. More

B2C communications on Facebook: What has changed over the years?
By Linchi Kwok
Facebook recently reported 1.44 billion monthly active users — 936 million of whom access the website every day. Therefore, Facebook continues to be an essential social media platform for business communications. Companies want to make good use of this social media tool to better engage their target customers on Facebook. Meanwhile, Facebook never stops reinventing itself so that it can maintain its dominant position as the top social networking site. This constantly-evolving landscape brings up two questions.More