Travel News Report
Nov. 19, 2014

Thanksgiving-like airport traffic could become year-round reality, study predicts
Successful Meetings
Most Americans agree: Thanks to massive congestion at U.S. airports, holiday travel is the worst kind of travel there is. And yet, it could become the new normal at many U.S. airports within a matter of years, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which recently released an update to its 2013 "Thanksgiving in the Skies" study.More

The best time to plan your thanksgiving travel, according to Google Maps data
Business Insider
Although the approach of Thanksgiving should inspire excitement and anticipation, it can also kindle dark memories of endless traffic jams and packed airport terminals. Holiday travel can be a huge pain. Studying Google Maps data from 21 cities across the U.S., Google determined that Wednesday is the worst day for Thanksgiving travel, and that Sunday is better than Saturday for going home. More

US airline traffic snapshot for August 2014
U.S. airlines carried 69.3 million international and domestic passengers in August 2014, a 2.4 percent increase over August 2013, according to data released recently by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In the first eight months of 2014, U.S. airlines carried 514.4 million domestic and international passengers, a 2.3 percent increase over the same period in 2013.More

Stat: How destination marketing drives economic growth
Travel Agent
Destinations that market themselves experience significantly greater employment and economic growth beyond the visitor economy, according to new research by the Destination & Travel Foundation, conducted by Oxford Economics.More

Americans aren't the only ones not using their vacation days
The U.S. isn't the only country whose citizens are guilty of not using their vacation time. Asia-Pacific countries on average got 19 vacation days this year and only took 14, or 73 percent. Globally, only 55 percent of employers say they approve of their employees taking vacation time, which is a likely culprit of why Asian countries aren't maximizing their vacations.More

Making every second count in mobile travel marketing
Traveling is the ultimate mobile experience, both in the physical sense and in the way that we access information. Think about how many times you check your smartphone while walking in an unfamiliar city. Whether it's to get directions, find a place to eat or change your travel itinerary, smartphones have become an indispensable travel companion. More