Travel News Report
Dec. 24, 2013

83rd Lege's regular session: What happened, what didn't
The Texas Tribune
From May 28: It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with the announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session.More

6 travel trends to watch in 2014 and beyond
Travel Market Report
From Nov. 14: From the distinct travel preferences of millennials to the growth of "creative tourism," the travel industry is witnessing a series of powerful trends with real staying power. Travel agents — along with suppliers, destinations and marketers — would be wise to take note, as the trends represent both opportunities and challenges.More

New $205 million theme park near Houston plans to bring together roller coasters, cow milking
CultureMap Austin
From Feb. 24: It has been years since California-based developer Monty Galland made the commitment to open a 100-acre, Texas-centric theme park in the Houston area. Tomball was initially the target area (and April 2010 the target date), but the concept has dragged on a couple of years and moved down a couple of county roads, to a no-man's land between the cities of Splendora and New Caney.More

US avoids fiscal cliff: The impact on travel
Successful Meetings
From Jan. 7: On New Year's Day, U.S. lawmakers narrowly avoided going over the so-called "fiscal cliff" when they passed at the last minute the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The legislation avoids a nightmare scenario resulting from the simultaneous expiration of several laws on Jan. 1, 2013, the result of which would have been simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts with the power to create a second recession. However, it also has several implications — positive and negative — for the travel industry, according to the U.S. Travel Association.More

New 'Don't Mess with Texas' campaign kicks off
From April 3: One of the most successful annual anti-litter campaigns in Texas history kicked off in Austin. The "Don't Mess with Texas" statewide anti-littering campaign featured the band Esther's Follies, hidden in trashcans, on the South lawn of the Texas Capitol performing a dance. TxDOT says they are revamping this year's campaign to target who they say are the state's worst litterers, millennials between 16 and 34 years old. The state agency says many from the millennial generation weren't even born when the world-famous campaign was first rolled out 27 years ago.More

Texas arts drive the Texas economy
Austin American-Statesman
From April 2: Arts and culture help fuel our state's economy — it's that simple. Economic impact studies have proved time and time again that there's an inextricable link between the creative industries in a community and that community's economic development, job recruitment and tourism.More