Travel News Report
Oct. 22, 2014

Travel groups praise Ebola flight restrictions
The Hill
Groups that represent the airline and travel industries praised the Obama administration recently for restricting to selected U.S. airports travel from countries that are battling Ebola, as opposed to a full flight ban. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would on Oct. 22 begin requiring passengers flying to the U.S. from West Africa to land at one of five airports that have extra Ebola screening already in place. More

Texas breaks record for jobs added in 12-month span
The Dallas Morning News
Texas created enough jobs last month to help the state set a 12-month record. The Texas economy added 36,400 jobs in September, according to data released recently by the Texas Workforce Commission. Over the past 12 months, employers added 413,700 jobs — the most ever recorded by the state.More

Wright Amendment expires, DFW lives
Odessa American
On Oct. 13, 2014, the Wright Amendment expired, removing decades-old limitations on flights out of Dallas Love Field. This is great news for travelers, as it introduces further competition into the market for long-haul flights. When the Wright Amendment was passed, there may have been some justification for it; however, it was time to remove the restrictions.More

Conumer sentiment in US increases to a seven-year high
Consumer confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly rose in October to the highest level in seven years, showing a brightening in Americans' moods as gas prices drop and the labor market gains traction. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary sentiment index for this month increased to 86.4, the strongest since July 2007, from a final reading of 84.6 in September.More

Everything you need to know about Apple Pay and the travel industry
The new iPhones and Apple Watch sure got most of the buzz after the latest Apple launch event a few weeks ago. But Apple Pay, which launches recently with the release of iOS 8.1, may end up being the most impactful announcement in the long term. There has been a fair amount of coverage of Apple Pay in a number of media outlets, including Propelics' own blog. But most of the coverage has been on the mechanics of the technology and unsurprisingly has been focused on its use in traditional retail environments. More

Four strategies to better engage the millennial traveler
Adventurous, connected, and always on the move, millennials have become priority number one for travel brands. By 2020, they're set to account for nearly half the workforce, and are already on pace to outspend baby boomers by 2030. As this new generation of tech savvy travelers continues to grow in affluence and influence, travel and tourism companies are racing to develop strategies that will better engage with and drive business with this rising new type of traveler. More