Travel News Report
Aug. 20, 2014

Nielsen's Consumer Confidence Trend Tracker launched: 1 tool, 60 countries, 10 years of survey data
Popsop
In its ninth year, Nielsen Consumer Confidence research continues to measure major concerns and spending/saving intentions of nearly 30,000 online respondents across 60 countries. Points above 100 on an imaginary baseline indicate degree of optimism, and points below 100 — on the contrary, negativism and lack of consumer confidence.More

Feds publish 2015 per diem rates
Successful Meetings
Federal employees will have the same business travel budgets in 2015 as they had in 2014, according to the General Services Administration, which recently published its FY 2015 travel per diem rates for the Continental United States (CONUS).More

New survey: Americans are too afraid and stressed to take days off from work
The Huffington Post
American workers are too scared to go on vacation. About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. The survey polled 1,303 workers, including 235 senior business leaders.More

Should municipalities seek a unified brand?
Aria
They say: united we stand, divided... so, is a unified brand across municipality, community development, economic development, and tourism in your future? Unified branding is a topic clients often bring up with us. The idea itself is simple — at least in concept.More

Asians desperate to stay connected on trips, Western travelers far less so
Tnooz
The top six countries in a poll showing not everyone appreciates work-life balance when traveling are from Asia, a Hotels.com study reveals. The Expedia-owned accommodation provider conducted a study among 28 countries around the world to understand more about how travelers are using technology when on a trip.More

Hotel pipeline in US tilts toward midscale and upscale properties
Skift
The U.S. hotel pipeline is booming, and hoteliers are looking for more upscale and midscale lodging options. Economy hotel construction only represents 2 percent of the pipeline, with about 7,500 rooms, according to the June Lodging Econometrics Pipeline Trend Report.More