Travel News Report
Sep. 10, 2014

EcoPulse: Record summer travel signals economic optimism
Settling back into work after an end-of-summer trip? You're not alone, which suggests many American consumers and business leaders feel more confident about the pace of the U.S. recovery. With Labor Day marking the unofficial end to the travel season, the hotel industry is coming off its strongest three months of demand since at least 1987, said Jan Freitag, a senior vice president at STR Inc. More

Don't neglect travel and tourism
The Hill
The American energy revolution. The digital app boom. The manufacturing renaissance. Watchers of domestic and global markets are looking at these sectors and trying to predict if one or all of them will present the next source of dominance for U.S. exports. As undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, Stefan M. Selig also has a profound appreciation for an export sector that doesn't get as much attention — travel and tourism. More

Travel exports down in July, still up over 2013
Successful Meetings
U.S. travel exports declined slightly in July, but remain up compared to 2013, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which recently released its analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce's latest report on international trade. "Although travel exports edged down slightly in July to $19.1 billion [from $19.3 billion in June], travel imports remained essentially unchanged at $12.4 billion, resulting in a continuing healthy travel trade surplus of $6.7 billion," David Huether, U.S. Travel's senior vice president for research and economics, said in a statement.More

Zipping through airport security? TSA says 50 percent of travelers do
The Washington Post
More than half the people passing through U.S. airports now receive preferential security treatment because they pose no clear threat to aviation safety, federal officials say. The shift has significantly reduced the lines at security checkpoints, according to the Transportation Security Administration, reflecting the goal of TSA Administrator John S. Pistole to move away from a "one-size-fits-all" approach to screening passengers.More

Southwest's new look marks change in business objectives
AdAdge via Skift
Southwest Airlines is unveiling an unprecedented brand refresh as it grows up and out of the U.S. The carrier is revamping its campaign, tagline, in-airport signage and even the aesthetic of its planes — everything Southwest that's seen by the public is part of the effort, which will emphasize the company's heart and the hospitality of its employees. The initial effort breaks with a commercial unveiling the new plane design themed, "Without a heart, it's just a machine."More