Travel News Report
Nov. 12, 2014

Texas sales tax posts biggest single-month jump in two years
The Dallas Morning News
Texas has logged the biggest single-month percentage increase in sales tax receipts in nearly two years — 12.9 percent. Last month's sales tax revenue was $2.41 billion, up from $2.14 billion in October 2013, Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently. The last time monthly growth pressed into double-digit territory was November 2012, when collections grew by 13.1 percent.More

Business-related bills stack up in early Texas Legislature filings
Austin Business Journal
The Texas legislative session is gearing up, and on Nov. 10 was the first day to file bills for state lawmakers to consider. Already, with hundreds of bills filed so far, there are a number that could, if they find favor in the Legislature, have a broad impact for businesses in Texas.More

Travel industry applauds US-China visa pact
Travel Pulse
Travel industry leaders are excited by today's news out of China that the U.S. and China will honor each other's visas for up to 10 years. That extends the current one-year limit on visas between the two countries. "I've heard from American business leaders about how valuable this step will be. And we've worked hard to achieve this outcome because it clearly serves the mutual interest of both of our countries," Obama said Nov. 10 at a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.More

Airlines foresee 24.6M Thanksgiving passengers
More people will travel on U.S. airlines this Thanksgiving than last year, and carriers are tapping into record profits to make sure there's enough room to meet the demand, according to a forecast by the industry's major trade organization. Airlines for America predicted recently that 24.6 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines domestically and internationally between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2. More

MPI forecasts rising costs for meetings in 2015
Successful Meetings
Thanks to rising costs, limited guest room availability, and shorter lead times, 2015 will be a "challenging" year for meeting planners, predicts Meeting Professionals International (MPI), which recently published the fall edition of its quarterly "Meetings Outlook" report. "The newest installment of the quarterly special report shows increasing costs for services across the meeting and event spectrum in concert with only slight budgetary growth is setting up a more challenging year ahead," MPI stated in a media advisory.More

Social media bookings enter new frontier
Hotel News Now
While a crucial source of inspiration and sharing within the broader booking funnel, Facebook has faltered in its capacity to drive direct bookings. But that does not mean hoteliers have abandoned social media as a distribution channel in general. On the contrary, hoteliers are turning to social media standouts such as TripAdvisor and Twitter to test a new frontier in the bookings landscape, according to sources. More