Travel News Report
Jul. 8, 2015

Growing service industries show improving economy in US
Bloomberg Business
From restaurants to real estate, service providers kept up their expansion in June as consumers helped the U.S. economy endure unsteady global demand. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index improved to 56 last month from 55.7 in May, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said recently. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, and 15 of 18 industries reported growth.More

Mixed economic signals slow the pace of biz travel
Companies will continue to put more people on the road this year than they did in 2014, a new study says, but the pace of growth is expected to slow as businesses keep an eye on the financial fallout in Greece, and other economic indicators both abroad and closer to home. Business travel should inch up 1 percent, to 488.1 million trips this year, according to a forecast from the Global Business Travel Association. But that's 4 million fewer corporate-related treks than previously projected.More

Alamo and other Texas shrines win UN designation
The Texas Tribune
The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines have attained the status of other internationally recognized landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. At a meeting in Germany on July 5, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the site of the pivotal Battle of the Alamo in 1836 as a place of cultural significance. More

To increase loyalty, segment your customer, not the market
As we settle deeper into the summer travel season, many of us are taking long overdue vacations with family and friends, booking a romantic getaway, or planning the iconic summer college tour with our kids. It's during this time that I am especially reminded of one fundamental truth that sometimes gets lost in the travel industry: While we remain one, individual traveler, each of us travels for all sorts of reasons, in all sorts of ways, driven by different circumstances and needs.More

Case study: The city using its tourism board to lure young professionals to relocate
A major trend among destination marketing organizations (DMOs) today involves partnering more with their regional economic development organizations to entice young professionals to move to their city, settle down, and contribute to the local tax base. That has always been a primary role for the economic development agencies, but now they're partnering more strategically with DMOs who are more in tune with the travel motivations of 25-35 year-olds.More

Three characteristics that define millennial business travelers
The millennial age group is not an easy one to tie down. But past the considerations in technology, age and diversity, several trends that define what a millennial traveler is do come to the surface. Below, we'll look at how technology, design, and frugality tie this class of travelers together.More