Travel News Report
Jun. 17, 2015

Seven charts that show the health of US travel economy in 2015 and beyond
The state of the United States travel economy is healthy in 2015. The travel and tourism sector in the U.S. made up for 2.6 percent of GDP — 7.8 million jobs and $1.5 trillion in travel and tourism total sales in 2014 — and has recovered well from the dual shocks in this century of post-9/11 slump and the severe financial crisis of 2007-2008.More

Nine charts that show the health of international business travel into the US
The U.S. business travel sector has recovered from the big dip of 2009 and 2010, but is still nowhere near the 2007-2008 levels, according to latest data from National Travel and Tourism Office, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The numbers on international overseas business visitors coming into U.S. — excluding Canada and Mexico — are now growing at nearly a 5-6 percent rate for the last couple of years, though the number of business visitors is not increasing as fast as the leisure travelers coming to the U.S.More

Lawmaker wants to privatize air traffic control
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, told the Washington Aero Club recently that he will introduce legislation aimed at privatizing air traffic control and taking it out of the government's hands. It's not a shocker. Such debate has been going on for more than a year and, in a bit of a rarity on the Hill, the idea of having private firms handle air traffic operations instead of the Federal Aviation Administration has drawn bipartisan support as well as the backing of the powerful airline lobby group, Airlines For America.More

Six ways millennials are transforming the travel industry
TipsyTraveler writes: We're here, we're sort of annoying — but we sure know how to travel well. I'm a millennial. I grew up in the era of teachers telling us we have to study abroad, because we'll never get a chance to truly see the world again if we don't. Turns out, the teachers were wrong in this case. (No hate on study-abroad programs. But it's far from our only option.)More

Three ways the hotel industry is changing
Hotel News Now
J. Allen Smith has a problem. "I keep feeling: 'What should I be worried about?'" the president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts said recently during a general session "The leaders forum" panel at the 37th annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. More

Study: Yes, you should bid on your travel brand keywords
Should travel advertisers bid on their brand search terms across pay-per-click (PPC) ads? Bing Ads has done some research suggesting the answer is yes, in many cases. PPC marketers may be skeptical. But this fresh data suggests that bidding on your travel brand terms is more beneficial than not, both in terms of receiving clicks on PPC ads and interaction with organic listings. More