Travel News Report
Jun. 24, 2015

Gas prices see biggest monthly jump in 6 years
CBS Money Watch
Gas prices are jumping around the U.S., but overall inflation remains muted. Consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than two years, reflecting the biggest one-month jump in prices at the pump in nearly six years, the U.S. Department said recently. But outside of energy, price pressures remained modest.More

Study: Gulf airlines a boon to U.S. economy and US airlines, too
Travel Weekly
Freezing Open Skies agreements would cost billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue, and tens of thousands of jobs, according to research commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association. The Oxford Economics study was commissioned in reaction to a request this year from the three largest U.S. network airlines — American, Delta and United — for the Obama administration to review Open Skies agreements with airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.More

Computer failure leaves State Department unable to issue visas
The New York Times
The United States has been unable to issue visas to travelers around the world for two weeks because of a computer hardware failure that remains unresolved, State Department officials said recently. The country gets an average of 50,000 visa applications worldwide every day. The vast majority of those applications are piling up while the department tries to fix a hardware issue linked to biometric data.More

Marketing to Gen Z — consumers unlike previous generations
Hotels, travel and tourism entities need to adapt to the expectations of Gen Z — consumers in their teens – because Gen Z is unlike previous generations. Gen Z members are 100 percent digital natives, born after 1995, who have grown up in an era of mobile devices and smartphones. They live in a world that is neither offline or online, but one seamless, interchangeable zone.More

The era of personalized air travel is dawning, thanks to data
As aviation realizes that keeping passengers happy is profitable, this year's SITA Air Transport IT Summit (ATIS) explored technology that lets airlines and airports put smiles on passengers' faces by connecting with them as people. They do that by making the most out of the billions of data crumbs passengers leave behind with every cookie.More

Ignore the hyperbole: SEO is alive and kicking in travel (even for the small guys)
"SEO is dead" is a well-known catchphrase, most commonly heard from newly unemployed spam merchants in bitter reaction to Google's latest algorithm update. More