Travel News Report
Jul. 16, 2014

Comptroller's weekly economic outlook
The Texas Economy
Job growth, sales tax collections and building permits all signal that the Texas economy continues to outpace the national economy. Over the past year, Texas added jobs in all of the 11 major industries, including professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, mining and logging, government, financial activities, information, other services, and manufacturing.More

Hotel industry commends subcommittee passage of Brand USA bill
Hotel News Resource
The American Hotel & Lodging Association, the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, issued the following statement commending passage of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 4450) by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on a unanimous 22-0 vote.More

Google data show US staycations rising this summer
Staycations are more than just a buzzword made up by the travel media for click-worthy headlines. According to Google data, searches for "staycations" peak every year during July, and searches are already 10 percent higher this year than in 2013.More

Study: Yes, there are benefits of offering free Wi-Fi
Small Business Trends
It's gotten much more common today to find businesses that offer complimentary Wi-Fi for their patrons, especially in cities. Still, there are many places outside of Big-City-America where free Wi-Fi is the exception and not the rule. If you are on the fence about whether to offer free Wi-Fi to your customers, you may be wondering: Is there any real evidence of the benefits of offering free Wi-Fi?More

Updated analytics, advertising options on Twitter and Facebook
The past few days saw two significant updates for advertisers from Twitter and Facebook, which are relevant to all social media marketers.More

Travel mass marketing is so last season — personalization is the only way to go
Let's get personal for a moment. The days of marketing to mass groups are are on their way out. Companies have shifted focus of customer interaction and messaging to the individual customer through personalization.More