Travel News Report
Oct. 11, 2012

Travel industry continues to put Americans back to work
Travel Agent Central
The Labor Department's report that the economy created 114,000 jobs in September while the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent, the lowest level in 45 months, was noted by David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. Huether offered his analysis, including noting a slight decline in industry employment.More

Report: Business travel growth sluggish
Travel Kit
Unemployment, economic turmoil in Europe and slower growth in China and the Far East are expected to curb business travel growth in the United States. Those are the major findings of a report released on Tuesday by the Global Business Travel Association — a trade group for corporate travel managers and suppliers — which projected business travel spending in the U.S. through the end of the year and 2013.More

David Teel talks to The Texas Economy
The Texas Economy
The Texas Economy recently spoke with David Teel, president and CEO of the Texas Travel Industry Association. TTIA represents an array of travel and tourism-related business in the state, including hotels, airlines, attractions, campgrounds, convention and visitor bureaus, advertising firms, restaurants, travel agencies and tour operators. Teel shared his thoughts on the current state of the travel and tourism industry and its importance to the Texas economy.More

Industry commends TSA for PreCheck expansion
Travel Agent Central
The U.S. Travel Association commended the Transportation Security Administration for expanding PreCheck enrollment to include Canadian NEXUS members. Beginning Nov. 15, Canadian citizens who are members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS program and traveling in the United States are eligible to receive expedited screening at participating PreCheck airports.More

Mobile, maps, travel and the walk-in economy
Tnooz
Aaron Zwas writes, "The War of the Maps between Apple and Google is that the struggle is not about immediate revenue, it is about ownership of geo-behavioral data and overall strategic positioning. As a follow up to its maps service, I predict that Apple will eventually bring to market an 'Offers'-like program along the lines of Google's existing service."More

Thinking Houston big: New $40 million culture center aims to change how tourists see the city
CultureMap Houston
Mayor Annise Parker joined noted Houston businessman John Nau Thursday to reveal the full scope of the plans for the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage — a new educational facility and visitors center dedicated to the unique history and culture of southeast Texas. "Two years ago, John and I sat down and began to have some serious conversations about this project," Parker said at a press event on the future building site, located along Avenida de las Americas between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park.More