Travel News Report
Oct. 15, 2014

Love Field restrictions expire, Southwest launches new routes
Los Angeles Times
Flight restrictions imposed 35 years ago on Texas' Love Field expired recently, setting the stage for a likely airfare war between Southwest Airlines and its domestic competitors. Southwest, which is headquartered at Love Field in Dallas, is expected to benefit the most from the end of the restrictions, but other airlines have already announced new routes to the airport.More

National magazine names Houston one of America's Favorite Cities
Houston Business Journal
Travel + Leisure has named Houston No. 2 on its "America's Favorite Cities 2014" list, in the Top Cities Overall category. To decide who lands in the top spots, Travel + Leisure tallied 50,000 votes, ranking 38 cities across several categories. The eighth annual list breaks down the results into different categories and subcategories. More

Chinese rank US No. 3 spot
China Daily USA
The United States has been voted the third most satisfactory destination for Chinese outbound tourists, according to a survey conducted by the China Tourism Academy. Despite a growing number of complaints about destinations abroad in the third quarter of 2014 — including problems with tourist services, urban construction and management — the United States, with a general score of 79.79, remained Chinese tourists' third-most satisfactory travel destination, after Italy (79.95) and Singapore (79.82), said the academy.More

Oil's slide will pull more gas prices below $3
Crude oil prices fell to multi-year lows recently, extending an autumn slide that cast more clouds over the energy sector but brightened the outlook for consumers who'll benefit by a continued slide in gasoline prices. International benchmark Brent crude oil dropped $2.15 to $88.06 a barrel, its lowest since December 2010, while West Texas Intermediate eased about 69 cents to $85.05 in intraday trading, a 22-month low, before ending flat at $85.74.More

Business travelers are traveling less but spending more
Business travelers are digging deeper into their wallets, spending more per trip — especially on hotels, airfare and more expensive food and drinks — according to a report released recently by the Global Business Travel Association. During the second quarter of this year, U.S.-originated business travel added up to $72.8 billion, a 7.1 percent year-over-year increase. Although, notably, there was a 0.1 percent drop in the actual number of trips. More

Texas lawmakers want extra Ebola screening in Dallas, Houston
Texas lawmakers are calling for airports in Dallas and Houston to have enhanced Ebola screening for travelers arriving from West Africa, beyond the five airports where stricter screening started on Oct. 11. Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, who heads the Homeland Security Committee, and Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote recently to Customs and Border Protection asking for enhanced screening at Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston Bush airports.More

CDC dismisses travel ban on Ebola nations after new case
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rejected lawmakers' calls to ban travelers from three West African nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak, arguing it could increase risks to Americans. Confirmation that a Dallas health-care worker is infected after treating an Ebola patient who died has put a new focus on risks the virus will spread. More