Travel News Report
Aug. 7, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year. "Let's adjourn this mutha," said state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, after the Senate had sent House Bill 1 back over to the lower chamber for final passage.More

GBTA forecasts global business travel spending to reach $1.12 trillion
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Global business travel spending is rising, and will continue its ascent through the rest of 2013 and for several years beyond, predicts the Global Business Travel Association, which released its annual industry forecast, the "GBTA BTI Outlook – Annual Global Report & Forecast." In it, GBTA predicts a 5.4 percent increase in global business travel spending — to $1.12 trillion — for 2013, followed by increases of 8.2 percent, 7.6 percent, 7.2 percent and 7.1 percent in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.More

Travel employment down in July
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The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July, bringing the national unemployment rate down to 7.4 percent. Unfortunately, while the rest of the economy added jobs, the travel industry lost them, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which released an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor's July jobs report.More

TSA expands duties beyond airport security
The New York Times
As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak's police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.More

EC approves merger of American Airlines and US Airways
The Dallas Morning News
The European Commission has approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, "subject to conditions," the commission said.More

Survey: Frequent fliers want more out of airline apps
Business Travel News
As suppliers increasingly offer the ability to book flights and purchase ancillary services via mobile applications, it's clear that the smartphone is growing in stature as a sales engine. Yet, a gap remains between the functionality tech-savvy frequent fliers want most from mobile apps and those that airlines deliver, according to a recent FlightView survey of more than 900 business travelers who fly at least once a month.More