Travel News Report
Dec. 26, 2012

U.S. Travel Association: Industry faces tough post-election challenge
News Wire via Travel Agent Central
From Nov. 14: Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, offered an initial assessment of the 2012 election results, their potential impact on the travel industry and an outlook on U.S. Travel's policy priorities in Washington. In a letter to travel industry leaders, Dow said U.S. Travel looks forward to working with President Barack Obama and both chambers of Congress to enact policies that will increase travel to and within the United States and create new American jobs. However, U.S. Travel cited a host of tough problems.More

Why tourism may prosper as an orphan
Travel Weekly
From Oct. 24: The apparent success of the partnership between the federal government and the travel industry to boost inbound travel numbers raises an interesting question: Is a Department of Tourism and/or a national tourist board the next logical "ask"? The majority of countries in the world have a tourism minister or secretary, and we are almost unique among industrialized nations in not having a national tourist board. Brand USA, the public/private initiative that promotes America with an integrated marketing campaign, comes close, but its budget, relative to the economic contributions of travel and tourism, is modest compared with our competitors.More

Travel industry leads economy in job growth, creates jobs 16 percent faster than other sectors
U.S. Travel Association via TravelersToday
From Nov. 7: David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on the recent Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent for October 2012.More

Proposed federal budget cuts would deal blow to Americans' beloved parks
Fox News
From Nov. 7: As many as 200 parks across America could greet visitors with "Sorry, but we're closed" signs come January unless Congress reaches a deal to stop automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending — including an estimated $218 million less to the National Park Service, according to a conservation group. Most of the attention on the so-called "fiscal cliff" has centered on the defense side of the ledger. But the proposed park service cuts is one example of how everyday Americans might feel the pinch.More

Travel apps lead industries in usage growth
eMarketer
From Oct. 24: Travel companies are digging deeper into mobile app development as they aim to connect with consumers at all points during the travel journey. That means providing mobile services that support everything travelers are doing during their excursions, from planning to booking to sharing their experiences. These efforts are getting consumers' attention. A May 2012 Nielsen study, "Courting Today's Mobile Consumer," showed that in the U.S. travel apps were seeing the highest year-over-year growth of any industry or product-related app category, at 116 percent, well above the growth in overall mobile app use (84 percent).More

Travel industry continues to put Americans back to work
Travel Agent Central
From Oct. 12: The Labor Department's report that the economy created 114,000 jobs in September while the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent, the lowest level in 45 months, was noted by David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. Huether offered his analysis, including noting a slight decline in industry employment.More