Travel News Report
May. 20, 2015

US economy isn't as weak as estimates suggest, Fed paper says
The U.S. economy is probably not as weak as current estimates suggest, a paper published recently by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco said, potentially adding to arguments for raising interest rates sooner rather than later. A government report late last month put first-quarter growth at a mere 0.2 percent, far below economists' expectations and uncomfortably close to an outright contraction like that experienced in the first quarter of 2014. More

Gov. Greg Abbott signs Kari's Law for easier 911 access
VideoBriefGov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that makes it easier for people to dial 911 from a business line. It's called Kari's Law, named for a woman who was stabbed to death while her 9-year-old daughter was trying to connect with 911 on a hotel phone. The law requires direct 911 dialing from multiline telephone systems — like the ones in hotels and offices — where you would normally have to dial another number first to get an outside line.More

Airlines: This summer will be busiest ever for air travel
Airlines are expecting the busiest summer in the history of U.S. air travel. An estimated 222 million travelers are expected to fly from June 1 through Aug. 31, according to the industry group Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers. The previous peak was 217 million travelers in 2007, before the economic downturn, according to the group.More

Go and stay: Vacation time, travel perks keep workers happy, loyal
Newlyweds Joy and Matthew Bennett had planned to wait until next year to take their honeymoon. Then Joy's employer, the consumer advocacy website, changed its vacation policy to give employees unlimited time off. On top of that, the company now offers each employee a vacation stipend of 2 percent of his or her salary up to $1,000.More

Travel industry responds to rise in solo sojourners
The New York Times
Vacations have long gone hand-in-hand with company: family bonding, honeymoons, babymoons, bands of oats-sowing college backpackers. Yet today, more and more travelers are going solo — and they're not who you might expect them to be. Some 24 percent of people traveled alone on their most recent overseas leisure vacation, up from 15 percent in 2013, according to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, which was conducted across 25 countries by Millward Brown, a market research organization. More

What travel brands can learn from Facebook about summer travel habits
Summer is right around the corner for countries in the Northern Hemisphere, and the vacation seekers are getting busy on Facebook. It is more likely than ever that travelers and would-be travelers who are snap-happy are accessing Facebook on their mobile devices. A recent study by Facebook that looks at its universe of users found that 70 percent of them were reading via their mobile devices, while 75 percent were posting content from their phones.More