Travel News Report
Oct. 23, 2013

Deep impact: Trade groups tally cost of government shutdown
Associations Now
Calculating the economic damage caused by 16 days of federal gridlock has begun, and the numbers aren't pretty — especially for the travel and hospitality sectors, say industry associations.More

How to travel the Travel 3.0 way
The Huffington Post
William D. Chalmers writes, "It is apparent that discerning travelers have a pent up appetite for glorious travel adventures that go beyond the norm. They have a thirst to do something unique and a deep hunger to add meaning to their travels. We members of Homo touristicus (aka traveling man) have evolved and have entered a new generation of traveling, a Third Generation I call it Travel 3.0."More

American Express predicts 'stabilization' of meetings activity in 2014
Successful Meetings
A rise in policies designed to ensure meetings comply with company policies and strategic objectives means that meetings activity will likely "stabilize" next year, according to American Express Meetings & Events, which in its "2014 Global Meetings Forecast" predicts flat or slight declines in meetings spend across the globe in 2014.More

Report: Travelers writing fewer reviews and being (somewhat) kinder, while hoteliers are responding more
Hospitality Net
Fewer reviews, marginally higher scores and it is far more difficult to score five stars are the latest findings that compare user-generated hotel reviews over a yearlong period. The team at TrustYou, working in conjunction with Donna Quadri-Felitti, Ph.D., at New York University, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, has developed its first quarterly report identifying key trends in travelers' reviews and hotel satisfaction.More

SITA Lab reports findings on wearable computing at airports
Smart watches, smart glasses and other wearable computing devices will be part of the airport of the future, according to the latest findings from SITA Lab. The technology research team of the air transport industry's IT provider SITA has conducted the earliest trials into the use of wearable computing at airlines and airports.More