Travel News Report
Aug. 14, 2013

Texas ports of entry tapped for federal pilot program
The Texas Tribune
Major ports of entry in Texas will be part of a federal pilot program that allows local governments to enter into public-private partnerships with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to boost staffing levels.More

US opens Global Entry Program to foreign travelers
Successful Meetings
Citizens from South Korea, Germany, Qatar and the United Kingdom are now eligible to participate in Global Entry, its "trusted traveler" program offering expedited airport security screening to pre-approved, low-risk travelers when they enter the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.More

Gas pump prices drop more than 7 cents per gallon on over-supply
Reuters via NBC News
Gasoline cost $3.5985 per gallon on average on Aug. 9, down from $3.6746 on July 26, based on a survey of about 2,500 retail stations. Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg survey, said the drop in gasoline prices was due to increased supply of the motor fuel as U.S. refiners kept production capacity high.More

More Americans working through their vacation time
The Huffington Post
More Americans than ever are stressed about their jobs, and unfortunately, fewer and fewer are taking time off. U.S. workers are increasingly forgoing their earned vacation days, using two days less than they did last year, according to a recent Expedia survey. And even when employees do take time off, more than half stay plugged in, responding to work emails and checking in at the office during their vacation. More

GTAC in first meeting affirms GSA per diem methodology
Business Travel News
The Governmentwide Travel Advisory Committee has agreed to make a handful of preliminary recommendations to the U.S. General Services Administration about per diem lodging rates, but there seems to be little appetite for significant change regarding how those rates are derived.More