Travel News Report
Dec. 18, 2013

Comptroller: Texas economy will keep adding jobs in 2014-15
San Antonio Express-News
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs delivered revenue estimates to the Legislature that included a roughly $2.5 billion surplus. Combs' report also projected Texas will continue adding jobs at a healthy pace over the next two years, though not at the same tick as previously.More

Industry on pace to set all-time record for tourism-related exports
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis recently announced that international visitors spent $15.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of October — nearly $1.4 billion more (10 percent) than was spent in October 2012.More

Forecast: US hotel occupancy to increase 10 percent in first quarter
Despite a slow start to 2013 bookings, the hotel industry is coming to a strong finish for the year and should see improvement in 2014, according to recent analysis.More

FCC seeks public comment on in-flight cellphone ban
Successful Meetings
The Federal Communications Commission is proceeding with its plan to allow cellphone calls and Internet service on commercial flights. Last week, it initiated a period of public comment on proposed rules that would give airlines the ability — if they choose — to install equipment that expands in-flight mobile wireless services to passengers.More

Facebook launches video ads
Facebook has rolled out a feature that will allow advertisers to play videos in users' news feeds. The feature offers companies a new way to promote movies and products on smartphones and computers, and is being tested with a small group of Facebook users.More

Taking advantage of online reviews
By Suzanne Mason
Once upon a time, word of mouth was one of the most important ways to drive business. With the click of a button, a consumer can either drive business to a hotel or drive it away by posting an online review. Recently, at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York, industry experts from TripAdvisor, Worldhotels and Yelp spoke about the importance of online reviews. And here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to online reviews.More