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Forecast: US business travel spending to top $292 billion in 2014
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U.S. business travel grew nearly 3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, fueling a 7.6 percent increase in business travel spending, to $71.2 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Association, which recently released its latest business travel forecast, the "GBTA BTI Outlook — United States 2014." Based on first-quarter results, the forecast predicts a sizable increase in business travel spending for 2014: Overall, GBTA expects, U.S.-generated business travel spending will increase 6.8 percent this year, to $292.3 billion.
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Travel campaign fuels $1 billion rise in hospitality industry
Michigan State University
The Obama administration's controversial travel-promotion program has generated a roughly $1 billion increase in the value of the hospitality industry and stands to benefit the U.S. economy in the long run. So finds the first scientific evidence, from a Michigan State University-led study, showing a positive economic impact of the Travel Promotion Act. Congress is currently reviewing whether to extend the law, which went into effect in March 2010.
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The air travel booking habits of American adults
It's no surprise that few travelers pick up a phone to book airfares today, but would you believe that millennials prefer legacy carriers more than their parents? These are a few of the findings detailed in MMGY Global's comprehensive 2014 Portrait of American Travelers.
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Mobile bookings growing in popularity, say corporate travel managers
Corporate travel managers are seeing more bookings coming from mobile devices, a new study by CarlsonWagonlitTravel has found. The survey queried 173 travel managers about mobile habits in corporate bookings, and brought in perspectives from across the globe from a variety of industries. The respondents represented companies with an average corporate travel spend of $75 million.
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3 ways airports are transforming for travelers of tomorrow
Amadeus via Skift
Airports are challenged with balancing passenger comfort with operational efficiency while delivering a unique experience reflecting the destination. So how will the airport of today evolve to become the true passenger-centric experience of tomorrow? A critical factor will be in their use of technology.
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Stat: Average trip budget up in Q1 2014
Travel Agent Central
According to the Tripology consumer travel trends report, the average trip budget in the first quarter of 2014 was 8 percent higher than one year ago.
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