Travel News Report
Oct. 9, 2013

Impact of the shutdown: Tales from the frontline
U.S. Travel Association
Following are emails from U.S. Travel Association members and allies who were asked to describe how the federal government shutdown is affecting their businesses, customers and communities.More

AH&LA calls for government reopening
Meetings Focus
American Hotel & Lodging Association President/CEO Katherine Lugar has stepped into the forum over fallout from the federal government shutdown, issuing the following statement in response to the situation.More

United Airlines introduces new signature seat design
United Airlines unveiled a new, signature seat design focused on customer comfort and environmental responsibility, with a sophisticated, modern look. The company will deploy the new seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.More

Hotels happily jump into the wine business
USA Today
Hotels have long been willing to hawk pillows, linens and bathrobes. Now, they're peddling fine wines. A number of major hotel chains are getting into the wine business, teaming up with wineries to start wine clubs, create their own private labels or hold special wine events.More

Effect of 2013 social media trends on your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social Media Examiner reported in its 2013 Social Media Marketing Report that a whopping 97 percent of marketers now integrate social media into their plans. But, according to the report, only 1 in 4 were able to measure the return on investment. Staying on top of the latest social media trends allows you to connect with your customers on a personal, emotional level. Plus, it shows your audience that your brand is forward-thinking. Here are five topical changes in social media that will affect your business this year.More