Travel News Report
Nov. 6, 2013

Texas named among top global regions to visit
Houston Business Journal
Texas has been named among the Top 10 must-visit regions in 2014 by Lonely Planet. Texas ranked fifth on the travel media site's 10 destination recommendations. A panel of travel experts picked the locations based on their "natural beauty and cultural riches," according to the site.More

North Texas 'aerotropolis' adds $31.6 billion to economy
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport generated $31.6 billion in economic activity this year for North Texas, a region that can be understood as an "aerotropolis" of passengers and freight connected to the world, airport officials said. Airport vice president John Terrell said the growth estimate was from an economic impact analysis nearing completion by the University of North Texas Center of Economic Development and Research.More

Worsening Austin traffic prompts talk of toll road swap
The Texas Tribune
As congestion worsens on Interstate 35 through Austin, state leaders are seriously discussing a drastic response: tolling the highway's lanes in the city and making part of the nearby State Highway 130 toll road free.More

Travel leaders renew call for immigration reform
Successful Meetings
When the U.S. Senate introduced immigration reform legislation last spring, the travel industry applauded. Unfortunately, the bill has lingered in legislative limbo ever since, eclipsed by the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations. Now, travel leaders are encouraging lawmakers to pick up where they left off, issuing a renewed call for immediate action on immigration reform.More

FAA green-lights gate-to-gate in-flight personal electronics use
Business Travel News
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had determined portable electronic devices — including phones on airplane mode, tablets, laptops, e-readers and video games — are safe to use during all phases of a flight "with very limited exceptions."More