Travel News Report
Nov. 14, 2012

U.S. Travel Association: Industry faces tough post-election challenge
News Wire via Travel Agent Central
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, offered an initial assessment of the 2012 election results, their potential impact on the travel industry and an outlook on U.S. Travel's policy priorities in Washington. In a letter to travel industry leaders, Dow said U.S. Travel looks forward to working with President Barack Obama and both chambers of Congress to enact policies that will increase travel to and within the United States and create new American jobs. However, U.S. Travel cited a host of tough problems.More

U.S. Travel Association forecasts business travel to grow, but slowly
Business Travel News
Business travel in the United States in 2013 is projected to grow to 464.5 million person-trips, about 4.3 million more than the 2012 level and 3.4 million more than 2008's 461.1 million, according to a U.S. Travel Association forecast. The association expects the pace of business travel growth as measured in person-trips in 2013 to slow to 0.9 percent year over year, compared with 1.3 percent in 2012, but rebound to 1.2 percent in 2014 and 1.1 percent each in 2015 and 2016.More

Thanksgiving travel expected to increase slightly, but Americans to take shorter trips
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. But they'll take shorter trips to save on gas and other costs as household budgets remain tight. In its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast, AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. That compares with healthier growth of 8 and 6 percent, respectively, in the last two years. Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent in 2008, the first full holiday season after the recession began.More

Election results and consumer travel rights
Consumer Travel
The re-election of President Barack Obama and the new group of Democratic senators coming to Washington is good news for consumers in terms of consumer protections. The current administration, especially in the Department of Transportation, has been the most consumer-friendly in the history of the country. But turnovers in leadership both in DOT and Congress will be changing the legislative and regulatory landscape.More

American Airlines, pilots reach tentative deal
The Associated Press via USA Today
American Airlines and its pilots union have reached an agreement in principle over a new contract, which could ultimately pave the way for the airline to exit bankruptcy. The union's board must still sign off on the deal and present it to pilots for a ratification vote. That could happen as soon as three weeks from now. AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 protection last November. It has reached labor agreements with all of its unions except for the pilots. The airline has about 7,500 active pilots.More