Travel News Report
Jun. 4, 2014

Perryman: Texas traffic congestion
Odessa American
One of the most frustrating aspects of many Texans' days is commuting to and from work. Rush hour has expanded far past 60 minutes, and travel times are becoming increasingly unpredictable. The problem of overcrowding goes beyond safety and inconvenience, it's also extracting a toll on the economy. Moreover, with continued growth in the population and business activity, congestion is getting worse every day.More

Travel industry to Americans: 'Take your vacation'
CBS News
It's bad enough that U.S. workers get less paid vacation than their counterparts around the world, but many are afraid to take all the time off employers provide. The situation has become so glaring that the U.S. travel industry is actually starting a promotional effort to encourage people to take vacation. According to Oxford Economics data cited by the U.S. Travel Association, last year Americans failed to use 429 million days of earned leave, equaling about three days per worker.More

Stat: Rough outlook not impacting summer travel
Travel Agent Central
American consumers aren't letting their poor outlook on the economy affect their summer travel plans, according to a new Harris Poll.More

New campaign promotes careers in travel, tourism
Successful Meetings
The World Travel & Tourism Council has launched a new campaign promoting the benefits of a career in travel, it announced. "Travel and tourism helps transport people to all corners of the world, immerse them in different cultures and experiences and provides a livelihood to millions worldwide," WTTC President and CEO David Scowsill said in a statement.More

Hilton launches new 'Curio' collection of independent hotels
Successful Meetings
Hilton Worldwide has launched a new brand consisting of independent hotels operating within the Hilton network, it announced. Called Curio – A Collection by Hilton, the new brand is a curated collection of "distinctive" four- and five-star hotels that will combine the individuality of a boutique hotel with the reliability of a chain.More

Travelers worldwide don't leave home without a device
The Columbus Dispatch via Skift
Travel is an experience that can't be satisfactorily re-created in the virtual world. But digital technology and connectivity have changed the way most of us travel. A new study sponsored by Text100, a global marketing consultant, explores some of those changes and the ways travelers use the Internet and mobile devices before, during and after their trips.More

How to digitally market to millennials
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Every industry is constantly evolving with each new technology, and soon it will be out with the old and in with the new. The way we learn, talk and tackle tasks is all going to change in the next few years. Wondering what's driving this shift in how we operate? Some 24 percent of the current population is a millennial. Yes, we're talking about the tech-savvy, impatient, coddled, creative 18- to 36-year-olds. The following includes a snap-shot of who the millennials are, why they're driving digital marketing, and a few tips on how your business can make this trend work for you.More