Travel News Report
Jul. 31, 2013

Perry calls third special session of Texas Legislature
The Texas Tribune
Just over an hour after lawmakers ended their second 30-day special session of the year, Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back for a third one, with transportation funding the only issue on the agenda. "When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher, and a failure to act now could take years — if not most of a decade — to correct, as traffic congestion increases and harms our quality of life," Perry said in a statement announcing the call.More

Survey: US retail gasoline prices rise for first time 10 weeks
Reuters
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose for the first time in 10 weeks, gaining more than 8 cents in the last two, as retailers passed on higher wholesale costs to consumers, according to a widely followed survey.More

Study: Banning government participation in meetings costs taxpayers
Successful Meetings
When they travel to attend meetings and conferences, government employees aren't just benefiting themselves. They're benefiting U.S. taxpayers, according to a new study conducted for the U.S. Travel Association by Rockport Analytics.More

US tests remote video visa interviews for tourists, business travelers
eTurboNews
Travel and tourism to the United States adds nearly $2 trillion per year to the U.S. economy and is America's No. 1 services export. The U.S. government is in the process for a pilot program using secure, remote videoconferencing technology to conduct interviews with those applying for a tourist or business visa to the U.S.More

How Gmail's new inbox is affecting open rates
MailChimp
Matt Grove writes, "I wanted to understand the impact of Gmail's new tabbed inbox, so I dug deep into our database and pulled every delivery to Gmail for the past year and half. That amounts to 12.5 billion emails and more than 2 billion unique opens."More