Travel News Report
Jun. 26, 2013

US Travel applauds bipartisan Senate champions of greater US-China cooperation on travel
Hotel News Resource
The U.S. Travel Association applauded Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and 10 other senators of both parties for their efforts to promote increased United States travel exports to China. The 12 senators sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry urging them to make travel and tourism a top economic priority at the upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, to be held July 8-12 in Washington, D.C.More

International travelers to US post record numbers for April
Travel Pulse
The U.S. Department of Commerce, adding to the good news for tourism to the United States, reported spending by international visitors to the U.S. in April 2013 totaled nearly $14.5 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent when compared to April 2012. According to the department, international visitors have spent an estimated $57.9 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related services year to date in 2013 (January through April), an increase of 8 percent when compared to the same period last year.More

US to lift ban on airline passengers using laptops during takeoff and landing
Mail Online
A worldwide relaxation of the rules barring air passengers from using devices such as iPads, laptops and e-readers before a plane takes off came closer recently. Aviation authorities in the U.S. are to rule that travelers can keep such devices on during taxi, takeoff and landing because they are safer than had been thought.More

American Airlines completes rollout of computer tablets to pilots
The Dallas Morning News
American Airlines said it has completed the rollout of its electronic flight bag program to pilots, becoming the first major airline to use computer tablets in airplane cockpits on all flights.More

Study: Improved economy equals more incentives
Successful Meetings
The economy is improving — and the health of the incentive industry appears to improving with it, according to the Incentive Research Foundation, which recently released the results of its latest "Pulse Survey," showing a 13-point increase (56 percent compared to 43 percent six months ago) in the number of incentive planners, suppliers and buyers reporting a "positive impact" of the economy on their ability to plan and implement incentive travel programs.More

What hotels need to know as Google expands Knowledge Graph
For the past few days you might have noticed a new black bar appearing at the top of some Google search results. This is called Google's Knowledge Graph and, while it is over a year old, it has kept a low profile up till now, appearing for only a few select queries.More