Travel News Report
Oct. 30, 2013

AA-US Airways, Justice agree to mediator in merger case
USA Today
Could the merger battle between the Justice Department and would-be partners American and US Airways be headed for a settlement?More

Consumer confidence declines in October
Newswire via Travel Agent Central
Consumer confidence declined in October 2013 according to the influential Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers, as consumers became convinced that the Federal shutdown as well as other restrictions on government spending would slow the overall pace of economic growth over the next several months.More

US hotel industry reported increases during third quarter
The U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics during the third quarter of 2013 in year-over-year measurements, according to data from STR. The industry's occupancy increased 1.4 percent to 67.9 percent; its average daily rate rose 4 percent to $111.88; and its revenue per available room was up 5.5 percent to $75.97.More

U.S. Travel Association supports immigration reform
Newswire via Travel Agent News
President Barack Obama's comments at the White House calling for a renewed focus on immigration reform won support from Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.More

US achieves record travel exports in August
Successful Meetings
After dropping slightly in July, U.S. travel exports hit a record monthly high of $15 billion in August, up from $14.8 billion the month prior, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which recently released its analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce's latest report on international trade.More