Travel News Report
Jul. 24, 2013

Texas economy leveling out, economic data indicates
San Antonio Business Journal
There are signs that Texas' economy is perhaps hitting a plateau. Comerica Bank says its Texas Economic Activity Index fell slightly in May, declining 0.1 percentage points to 103.6. However, that's still more than a full percentage point better than the 2012 average index of 102.More

Travel and tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy
International Business Times
The travel and tourism sector grew at an annualized rate of 6.8 percent in the first three months of 2013. In the same period, the U.S. economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.4 percent, according to a report from the Bureau Of Economic Analysis. Not only is the U.S. travel and tourism industry growing more than three times as fast as the rest of the economy, it's doing so despite a slowing in growth in prices.More

TSA launches PreCheck application program
Successful Meetings
The Transportation Security Administration has launched a new application program that will make its express security checkpoint program — TSA PreCheck — available to more U.S. citizens, it announced.More

Top five trends in meetings technology
Successful Meetings
A/V doesn't just help planners execute their meetings. It also helps them add value to them, according to the Rental and Staging Network, a network of geographically diverse rental and staging companies that recently published its list of the top five new technology trends affecting meetings.More

Online travel bookings expected to hit all-time high this summer: $54 billion
Hospitality Net
Online bookings for online travel agents, airlines, hotel, and car rental services have reached an all-time high, setting up this summer to be a record-breaking travel season. This latest Adobe Digital Index report, which looked at 51.5 billion visits, reveals overall trends that illustrate the movement toward booking travel online and provides insight into the seasonality of online reservations.More