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US travel executives forecast strong summer travel season during annual Leisure Travel Summit
Hospitality Net
American travelers will hit the road, skies and seas in larger numbers this summer than last year according to senior travel executives at the ninth annual Leisure Travel Summit in New York. The four Summit panelists from Best Western International, U.S. Travel Association, AAA, and Digital DNA Infusion all observed that despite the leisure travel market continuing to heat up, consumers remain keen to get the most for their travel dollar.
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US airports make modest improvements in wait times in 2013
The White House issued a progress report on the Obama administration's national travel and tourism strategy that shows wait times at U.S. airports for international arriving passengers dropping 18 percent compared with a year ago. "Through close partnerships with airports and industry, we have seen dramatic improvements to the entry process and reduction in wait times are possible," the report states.
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Travel groups back Global Entry-expanding INVITE Act
Associations Now
The Global Entry program is definitely a hit, based on sheer numbers, and a new bill aims to expand its reach even further. The INVITE Act, a bill introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., would expand the program and streamline processes that often make traveling into the United States a bit of a pain. For one thing, travelers would be able to simultaneously apply for a U.S. visa and sign up for the Global Entry program, and the program would add additional reporting to the customs process.
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  Visit Texas' Largest History Museum

Where can you walk 26,000 square miles and experience 500 million years in a day? The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you'll find something for everyone. Step in and step back to the Old West in Pioneer Town, view the finest art collections, and more. For admissions, membership and more visit

Survey: Travel executives worried about failing US infrastructure
Successful Meetings
More than three-quarters of travel industry leaders say the current state of transportation infrastructure in the United States puts the nation at a competitive disadvantage compared to other countries, and more than a quarter say it puts the nation at a "strong disadvantage," finds a new survey of its members by the U.S. Travel Association in partnership with Building America's Future.
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Travel industry's mobile revenues are much lower compared to other sectors
While companies from the Priceline Group to Expedia tout their proliferation of mobile traffic and bookings, mobile adoption in the travel industry has lagged other e-commerce and social media sectors. That's the view of financial services firm PiperJaffray, which argues in a company note about TripAdvisor that the travel industry's mobile adoption has been relatively sluggish.
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3 tips to boost business sales with Pinterest
By Emma Fitzpatrick
What's the next step after your business has established a presence on social platforms? From Instagram to Facebook, each social platform comes with its own list of do's and don'ts for businesses. Don't auto-post. Do post relevant content on a regular basis. Pinterest, the image-driven scrapbook-esque social site, may not be getting enough of your attention this spring. Did you know Pinterest has more than 70 million users? Or that Pinterest will generate you four times more money per click than Twitter?
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April Texas jobs total reaches 4-year high (The Dallas Morning News)
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