Travel News Report
Nov. 7, 2012

Comptroller's economic outlook
Texas Ahead
Job growth, sales tax collections — both from business and consumer purchases — as well as automobile sales, signal that the Texas economy has emerged from the recent recession. Another indicator that the state's economy has been comparatively healthy was the U.S. Census Bureau report that Texas added more people (421,000) than any other state from 2010 to 2011. Although Texas has only 8 percent of the nation's population, the state added nearly 19 percent of the nation's population growth for the year.More

Travel industry leads economy in job growth, creates jobs 16 percent faster than other sectors
U.S. Travel Association via TravelersToday
David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on the recent Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent for October 2012.More

International tourism strong despite uncertain economy
Hospitality Net
International tourist arrivals grew by 4 percent between January and August 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.More

Proposed federal budget cuts would deal blow to Americans' beloved parks
Fox News
As many as 200 parks across America could greet visitors with "Sorry, but we're closed" signs come January unless Congress reaches a deal to stop automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending — including an estimated $218 million less to the National Park Service, according to a conservation group. Most of the attention on the so-called "fiscal cliff" has centered on the defense side of the ledger. But the proposed park service cuts is one example of how everyday Americans might feel the pinch.More

4 mobile trends to watch for in 2013
Marketing: Travel
We've all known about the "power of mobile" for quite some time now. Smartphones already have a big impact on the travel industry, and with the steady increase of mobile adoption, they will continue to heavily influence the way consumers make travel plans. By the end of 2012, roughly 36 million Americans will have used a smartphone to research travel. And eMarketer forecasts that by 2016, the number of people who will actually book travel by smartphone will jump from 15.8 million to 36.3 million annually.More

The National Conference Center compiles '78 reasons to host a meeting'
Hotel Interactive
It started as a Facebook campaign at The National Conference Center to gather as many "reasons to meet" as possible. A month later, 78 responses provided a widely varied look at the meetings industry, the economy, technology, training, group dynamics, marketing, business development, human emotions, social experience, collaborative thinking, networking, increasing morale, inspiration, generating ideas, reconnecting, and stimulating professional growth. Essentially, it is all about relationships and bringing people together.More