Travel News Report
Dec. 3, 2014

Americans' consumer spending inches up in November
In the U.S., daily self-reports of spending averaged $95 in November, up from $89 in October. This is also up slightly from the $91 found in November 2013, and remains well above the lower averages found in 2009 through 2012. The November 2014 average consumer spending figure is based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews throughout November with more than 14,000 U.S. adults.More

More Americans set to travel during holidays than in year past
It's important for travel marketers to stay tuned to the pulse of travelers, as their travel spend directly impacts the flow of outbound marketing dollars and inbound revenue. The data folks at American Express, in partnership with ebiquity, have released this year's Spending and Saving Tracker, showing that 90 million Americans will travel this holiday season.More

FAA rolls out taste of NextGen air traffic control system in Dallas
The Washington Post
The Federal Aviation Administration took another step in the rollout of its massive new aviation control system recently, announcing that planes flying the busy skies around Dallas will save 4.1 million gallons of fuel a year and reduce carbon emissions as key features of the system known as NextGen come online.More

US airlines' earnings expected to jump to $19 billion in 2015
Bloomberg via Skift
North American airline earnings will climb 73 percent to $19 billion in 2015 from $11 billion this year, bolstered by lower jet fuel costs, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst forecast. Glenn Engel raised earnings estimates for nine U.S. and two Canadian carriers as a result of the decline in prices for oil, which is refined into jet fuel. Airlines also will benefit as lower energy costs give consumers more discretionary income they may spend on travel, he said. More

Social media trends for tourism boards in 2015
This new, free Skift presentation, "Social Media Trends for Tourism Boards," was presented by our data analyst Joyce Manalo at the Social Media Tourism Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this month, and contains the state of social media, case studies from six top tourism boards and upcoming trends.More

Travel marketing in a multiscreen world: An Expedia Media Solutions study
Marketers are all wondering how to cope with travelers consuming media across a wide mix of screens, devices and platforms — with a third of U.S. households already using five or more devices. One ANA/Nielsen study has forecast that media spending on multiscreen ad campaigns will rise to become half of marketing budgets by next year, up from 20 percent on 2013. More