Travel News Report
Jun. 5, 2013

83rd Lege's regular session: What happened, what didn't
The Texas Tribune
It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with the announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session.More

Airlines expect third-most-profitable year since 2001
The Associated Press via USA Today
Packed planes should help the world's airlines earn $12.7 billion this year, as travel demand accelerates faster than the airlines add seats, according to a new IATA prediction.More

Cheaper summer gas prices are forecast
Vending Times
The Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for summer 2013 gasoline prices. U.S. drivers will pay an average 16 cents a gallon less for gasoline this summer compared with a year ago, the statistical arm of the Energy Department said in its most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook.More

World Tourism Day 2013: Promoting tourism's role in water preservation
Travel Daily News
This year's World Tourism Day theme focuses on tourism's significant role and contribution to worldwide water conservation efforts. The theme is in line with the UN General Assembly's declaration of 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, providing the opportunity to further highlight the shared responsibility of the tourism sector to the wider sustainability objectives.More

Obama administration releases new guidelines on federal travel, conferences
Successful Meetings
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget last week provided federal agencies with additional guidance on travel and conferences, according to the American Society of Association Executives, which along with other industry associations met with agency officials in March to draft a protocol for meeting planners to use in organizing meetings attended by federal employees.More

Klout scores and social media impressions — a bit of a joke or a genuine currency in marketing?
Tnooz
"Oh, great — so my business class lounge is going to be full of social media gurus now?" — this is a flippant paraphrasing of comments after an airline said it would be rewarding social media influencers. American Airlines is opening up its Admiral Club services for 24 hours to anyone with a score of 60 or higher on the social media measurement service Klout.More

Show these mobile usage stats to any travel executive resisting change
Tnooz
Travelers are switching from desktop Web browsers to smartphones and tablets in droves, but some travel companies have been slow to adapt to the change in traveler behavior. Check out these half-dozen noteworthy statistics about mobile adoption.More