Travel News Report
Aug. 13, 2014

Dallas Fed: Texas' economic growth sped up in second quarter
The Dallas Morning News
The Texas economy grew faster in the second quarter, thanks largely to the booming energy industry and strong commercial real estate activity, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Employment growth is a big part of that picture. Texas' annualized job growth rose from 2.4 percent in the first quarter to 4.3 percent in the second quarter — the strongest pace in nearly nine years. And that happened even though employment growth slowed in May and June.More

Experiential spending on travel and restaurants boosted US retail sales
The U.S. economy is bouncing back by some measures, and the travel industry played a leading role in fueling that recovery. Lodging, airlines and restaurants were three of the top five spending categories last month based on data from MasterCard's July SpendingPulse report.More

YouTube sees spike in consumption of branded travel videos
YouTube has seen a year-over-year spike in consumption of branded travel videos, with views of travel content up 118 percent according to a new whitepaper. The whitepaper highlights other unique characteristics of the way that travel videos are consumed, and by using case studies of popular travel content, offers a loose framework for other travel brands looking to leverage video. The following is a breakdown of one of the most detailed looks at the state of travel video on YouTube.More

Travel agents booking vacations for early 2015 and beyond
Travel Weekly
In a sign of strengthening demand, vacations are being booked early for next year and even 2016, according to agents who attended Travel Weekly's Global Travel Marketplace conference. The booking window is noticeably longer this year than it has been in the past, several agents said during the conference, held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. More

An avoidable tragedy: Why hotels need direct 911 calls
By Kay Corriere
911 is one of the most recognized phone numbers in America. Yet many hotels and motels do not allow direct calling of 911 without the need to first obtain an outside line. Change may come through an initiative called Kari's Law, which is working its way through government and the hospitality industry. The legislation is the result of an incident in December 2013 when Kari H. Dunn was stabbed to death by her estranged husband at a Baytown hotel.More

New presentation: Travel Megatrends Defining the Tours and Activities Market in 2014
The global tours and activities is perhaps one of the last bastions left in the travel industry that hasn't been completely disintermediated by the online travels disruptors. But the changes are coming, converging from across all sectors of the travel industry and beyond, mostly centered around the changing habits of travelers as a result of online, mobile, globalization and indeed newer generations growing up digital.More