Travel News Report
Aug. 21, 2013

Labor Day travel to hit four-year high
USA Today
Travel club AAA is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over this Labor Day weekend, the most since the midst of the recession. The number of Americans using the holiday for a getaway at least 50 miles from home represents a 4.2 percent increase over the 32.7 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2012. And it's the highest number of travelers since 2009, when 31.3 million Americans took a holiday break in the midst of the economic downturn.More

Forecast: Lodging fees to reach $2.1 billion in 2013
Successful Meetings
U.S. hotels collected a record $2 billion in total fees and surcharges last year — and they're on track to set another record this year, according to an analysis published by New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The analysis, conducted by Dr. Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, forecasts a new record of $2.1 billion in fees and surcharges for U.S. hotels in 2013, up from $1 billion 10 years ago, in 2003.More

Mintel: Teen theme park visitation on the decline
As a new school year looms on the horizon, many American households might be trying to squeeze in one last trip to the amusement park before it's time to hit the books. But when it comes to theme parks, new research from Mintel reveals that while teens are still the most prolific visitors, teen visitation has dropped over the past five years with 67 percent of those ages 12-17 having visited a park in the last year compared with 76 percent five years ago. In contrast, visits from adults have remained steady at 22-23 percent.More

Travel industry targets unused paid time off
Richmond Times-Dispatch
American workers are taking less of their vacation time these days compared with seven years ago. That needs to change, the top executive for a trade organization that promotes the U.S. tourism and travel industry said at a trade conference in Richmond, Va.More

The mobile tourist: How smartphones are shaking up the travel market
Business Insider
Smartphones and fast mobile Internet access have transformed nearly all facets of life, but travel has seen some of the most dramatic changes. Gone are the days of paper maps and awkward conversations trying to figure out a foreign transit system. Today's smartphones and apps can translate words live on screen, give real-time transportation advice, locate you anywhere in the world, act as your boarding pass, book your dinner reservation, and even help you find a cheap, last-minute hotel room.More

Is Facebook advertising right for your business?
By Liz Murphy
After Facebook's flat IPO performance and concerns surrounding the social network giant's ability to profit from their expansive mobile user base, the company's recent second-quarter earnings report was a welcome surprise to investors and stakeholders. But many business owners still have questions about whether to try their hand at Facebook advertising, in spite of the positive turn. Facebook offers a variety of ways to advertise, as well as customization options to control how much you spend and who sees your message. If you're thinking of advertising your brand on Facebook, here four tips to help you get started.More