Travel News Report
Dec. 11, 2013

Consumer sentiment in US increases more than forecast
Bloomberg
Consumer confidence increased more than forecast in December to the highest level in five months, easing concern about household spending heading into the holiday-shopping season.More

North Texas' economy has outperformed the state so far this year
The Dallas Morning News
The North Texas economy is growing faster than the state as a whole. Why? It's largely due to population growth, says D'Ann Petersen, a business economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. From 2010 to 2012, Texas led the nation in net in migration as people moved here from other states that hadn't recovered as fast, and many of those people settled in the Dallas area, she said.More

AMR Corporation/US Airways Group merger transaction complete
TravelDailyNews.com
AMR Corporation and US Airways Group Inc. announced the completion of their merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. and begin building the new American Airlines. The new American has a robust global network with nearly 6,700 daily flights to more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries and more than 100,000 employees worldwide.More

Are brands doing enough to stay relevant?
Hotel News Now
Hotel owners pay a lot of money to fly those flags, and brands must continue to evolve quickly to justify the costs.More

How much is your Visit domain name worth?
Tnooz
Since the earliest examples of destination Internet marketing, the Visitsomewhere.com domain name has been the format of choice for DMOs across the world. In parallel with this trend, the Visit-prefixed domain is also internationally recognized by consumers as representing the "official" tourism website for any given destination.More