Travel News Report
May. 21, 2014

AAA expects more Texans to travel for Memorial Day
The Associated Press via KVUE-TV
Texans planning to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend will likely have plenty of company. AAA has projected about 3 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home Thursday through Memorial Day. That's about 2 percent more than the number of Texas travelers during the 2013 Memorial Day holiday period.More

April Texas jobs total reaches 4-year high
The Dallas Morning News
Texas employers added more jobs in April than in any other month in nearly four years — a sign that the economy is definitely on the upswing. With 64,100 new jobs, Texas led the nation, according to government data. And the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent. Texas' latest employment growth follows a stronger-than-expected U.S. job gain of 288,000 in April. The state and national job numbers, along with other encouraging statistics, show a strengthening of the economy and a rebound from the hiring slowdown caused by harsh winter weather at the beginning of the year. Economists forecast increased activity in the coming months.More

Survey: Globally, most planners predict industry growth
Successful Meetings
Event planners around the world have a little pep in their step, according to the International Special Events Society, which has published the results of a new "Global Business Survey" showing that 78 percent of event planners predict strong growth during 2014-2015. To produce the survey, ISES in March polled all 5,500 of its global members in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Asia.More

Stat: Hotel growth accelerates on strong group demand
Travel Agent Central
According to new data from PwC US, the lodging industry beat expectations despite a weak first quarter for the U.S. economy overall, led by a strengthening recovery in meetings, conferences and other group demand.More

Are star ratings and other hotel industry classifications still relevant?
Originally created to set expectations for hotel experiences, the star rating system and industry classifications like luxury, upscale or budget are increasingly coming under pressure for lack of relevance to the needs of today's traveler. While intended to help travelers find the right hotel, these classification systems are more and more disconnected from how both individuals and business travelers evaluate hotels. The lack of a universally accepted definition of what differentiates star categories —– and inconsistencies across destinations — is part of the problem.More