Travel News Report
Jul. 1, 2015

Perryman: Energy sector slowdown affects Texas metros in varying ways
Midland Reporter-Telegram
The outlook for Texas' metropolitan areas is positive, although the slowdown in the energy sector is affecting them to varying degrees. The Perryman Group recently updated the short-term forecast through 2019 in light of changing oil prices. The Austin-Round Rock MSA continues to be among the strongest performers in the nation and the state, remaining the top market in the nation in numerous rankings.More

Slight bump in Independence Day travel expected this year
San Antonio Business Journal
An estimated 3.1 million Texans will hit the highways this year for the extended Fourth of July extended travel weekend this year — a mere 1 percent increase over last year's holiday weekend, according to AAA Texas. This holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.More

US consumer spending surges, brightening economic outlook
The New York Times
Consumer spending in the United States surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years — a sign of stronger economic growth ahead. The Commerce Department said that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1 percent increase in April. May spending registered the biggest gain since August 2009, an indication that the positive impacts from the solid pace of hiring and cheaper gasoline are starting to ripple through the economy.More

STR Global: Hotel rates continue to climb in Americas, drop elsewhere
The average daily hotel rate increased year over year in the Americas during May but declined in all other global regions, according to STR Global. Americas ADR increased 4.1 percent to $121.26, while occupancy rose 0.5 percent to 67.1 percent. Chicago reported the only double-digit ADR increase, 11.4 percent to $163.53. The largest ADR decreases were in Rio de Janeiro (29.4 percent to $143.64) and São Paulo (26.3 percent to $112.43).More

Survey: US travelers think booking direct with brands leads to better price
Some 64 percent of U.S. travelers think they'll find a better deal on a brand's website versus 15 percent who trust online travel agencies with finding them the best price. That's one big takeaway from MMGY's 2015 Portrait of American Travelers survey which asked more than 2,800 active U.S. leisure travelers this February about their travel booking preferences, dream destinations, and mobile device usage. More

Mobile travel bookings lag in US, TripAdvisor says
The Boston Globe
If you've ever used a smartphone to make travel arrangements, you're in the minority, according to TripAdvisor. Only 48 percent of Americans have used a smartphone to plan or book tickets for a trip, the website said. Although that's higher than the global average of 42 percent, its percentage of so-called "connected travelers" lags seven other countries, including Thailand, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain and Italy.More