Travel News Report
May. 27, 2015

International visitors injecting $625 million a day into US economy
eTurbo News
U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig recently announced new data that show international visitors spent an estimated $18.6 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of March, an increase of 2 percent when compared to March 2014.More

US hotels set new records in April
Meetings and Conventions
Lodging performance indicators remained at all-time highs in April, according to data provider STR. Particularly noteworthy were the highest monthly occupancy ever reported, 66.8 percent, and the highest room demand, with 99.4 million rooms sold. "After a stellar March, the April U.S. numbers continued to impress," said Jan Freitag, STR's senior VP of strategic development.More

Strong dollar means slowed growth for international visitors to the US
International Business Times
The world flocked to visit the United States in record numbers in 2014: Some 75 million international visitors landed on American soil, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. And they're probably glad they did — because a trip to the U.S. has gotten a lot more expensive for them in the last year.More

Cheaper oil isn't such a benefit for US economy anymore as pullbacks in drilling cause damage
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 — thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending.More

One in every five dollars spent on travel now coming from mobile
Tnooz
Mobile continues to drive more bookings in travel, with one in five dollars now coming from the channel. This is according to a new report from Adobe, called the Digital Index, which features a massive analysis of data, looking at over 15 billion visits to major U.S. travel, airline and hotel sites between 2013 and 2015. The team also analyzed more than three million social media mentions and spoke with 1,000 US consumers to determine how the travel industry is faring with consumers. More

Five ways to improve responses on TripAdvisor
Hotel News Now
It's funny observing the disparate number of policies hoteliers employ regarding reviews on TripAdvisor. Company A insists on responding to every comment, while Company B tells its managers to reply only to the bad. Company C takes a different tact entirely: It doesn't respond to any. More