Travel News Report
Jun. 18, 2014

Texas' economy grew 3.7 percent in 2013, ranking No. 8 among US states
The Dallas Morning News
Texas' economy grew 3.7 percent in 2013, thanks to the energy and real estate industries, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. However, Texas ranked No. 8 nationally, as other states saw faster growth last year.More

DFW-Hong Kong flight is now the longest in American Airlines' system
The Dallas Morning News
If we didn't mention it before, the new American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Hong Kong, at 8,119 miles, is now the longest flight in American's network. The other flight launched last Wednesday, DFW-Shanghai, China, is the second longest AA flight at 7,346 miles. Before then, American's longest flight was its Chicago-Shanghai flight at 7,050 miles.More

Business leaders to Congress: Expand Visa Waiver Program
Successful Meetings
A coalition of travel, hotel, retail, restaurant, professional and business leaders has launched a new campaign to increase international travel to the United States. Operating as the "Discover America Partnership," the coalition's No. 1 priority is securing passage of the Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act, a bipartisan bill that would increase visitation to the United States by reforming the visa application process and expanding the Visa Waiver Program that enables international travelers from approved countries to enter the U.S. without a visa.More

Fast facts about the 70 million international visitors to the US in 2013
Skift
International visitors to the United States are extending their trips, but visiting fewer destinations in that time. In 2013, the average foreigner traveling to the U.S. for business or leisure stayed an average of 17.5 nights, up from 17 nights in 2012, according to data released by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.More

Top travel technology trends so far in 2014 — and how to implement them
Tnooz
Travel companies today have incredible resources at hand, perhaps more than at any other time in the history of the industry. Furthermore, innovation in travel technology has empowered companies to connect with consumers in ground-breaking ways.More