Travel News Report
Jul. 23, 2014

Dewhurst taps Nelson as Senate's chief budget writer
The Texas Tribune
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee, setting the stage for Nelson to be one of the lead budget writers in 2015. Nelson replaces Tommy Williams, who resigned from the Senate in 2013 to become a vice chancellor of federal and state relations at Texas A&M University. She is the first woman to head the committee in the state's history. Dewhurst is likely to appoint a new chair to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which Nelson has led since 1999.More

Congressional Budget Office: Brand USA could cut deficit by $231 million
International Meetings Review
The U.S. Travel Association announced that analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that H.R. 4450 — the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 — will, if enacted, reduce the U.S. federal deficit by $231 million over 10 years.More

UNWTO predicts strong summer for international tourism
Successful Meetings
Based on strong results for the first four months of 2014, the United Nations' World Tourism Organization expects a "very positive" peak tourism season this summer, it announced. According to UNWTO's latest "UNWTO World Tourism Barometer," international tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5 percent between January and April, reaching approximately 317 million international tourists — an increase of 14 million compared to the same period in 2013.More

National park tourism in Texas creates $173.4 million in economic benefit
Cleveland Advocate
A new National Park Service report shows that the 3.48 million visitors to Texas national parks in 2013 spent $173.4 million and supported 2,374 jobs in the state. "From Big Thicket to Chamizal National Memorial, the national parks of Texas attract millions of visitors a year from across the country and around the world," said Sue Masica, director of the NPS's Intermountain Region, which includes Texas and seven other states.More

Complexity and openness: Why big IT vendors are missing from travel technology
Consumers have always shopped around for the best deal on travel and vacations. The Internet simply arms the travel customer with the ultimate weapon for bargain-hunting. In an online travel market now dominated by digital wholesalers, exchanges and price comparison sites, pre-packaged products and static pricing no longer cut it.More