Industry Leaders Meet With Homeland Security Secretary
from Travel Agent Central
Travel industry leaders from across the country met last week for the first time with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss issues affecting the travel industry, including swine flu preparation and efforts to welcome more international visitors to the United States. The meeting was facilitated by the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, chaired by Congressmen Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
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Reduced Travel Hurts Businesses, Cuts Employment
from The Arizona Republic
Business travel to Phoenix is down. The recession is the culprit. So is the AIG effect, which has made businesses nervous about a stigma attached to any corporate gathering. It is time to drop the stigma. Our economic recovery depends on it. Business travel fuels $246 billion in spending and creates 2.3 million American jobs, according to new findings by Oxford Economics, a global research firm.
Chicago's Loss: Is Passport Control to Blame?
from The New York Times
Did Chicago lose the chance to host the 2016 Olympics because of airport security issues?
Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team last week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago's official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be "a rather harrowing experience."
Offer Extended for Marketing Outlook Forum
Register Two – Save $200
from the U.S. Travel Association
Get the information you need to plan for the industry’s "New Normal": attend Marketing Outlook Forum in Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 26 – 28. Travel economists, analysts and marketing experts will discuss the current state of the industry and outlooks for major sectors, as well as best marketing practices. To help you attend this valuable conference, U.S. Travel is extending an economic stimulus offer: purchase two registrations for the same company in a single transaction and your company will save $200. Be sure to follow the "to register more than one person" link to guarantee the savings above and beyond the already discounted rates from 2008. If you register before Oct. 12, you will also receive a complimentary invitation to participate in this month's U.S. Travel Tracker webinar.
Has the Travel Business Finally Bottomed Out?
from the Boston Herald
While there are signs that the travel business has finally bottomed out -- and some expectations of improvement next year -- any significant recovery in traffic or pricing for the nation’s hotel, resort and airline operators seems likely to take a while. More
A Call for Transportation Innovation
We're constantly on the move. But the planes, trains, automobiles, and other machines that get us from place to place haven't changed much in the past 40 years, especially in comparison with the four decades that preceded those. In the past 40 years we've traded innovation for stagnation. We live in an era where few risks are being taken.
For Airlines, Fees Become Lifelines
Just a few years ago air travel was simple: Buy a ticket, fly. But as airlines hunt for new revenues to help them weather the recession, their goal is to make fares just one piece of the travel experience. Whether it's a fleece-blanket-and-travel-pillow set or extra frequent-flier miles, the airline cabin has become a bazaar, and the selling has only just begun.
Vegas Casinos Fold on Expansion Plans
from The Wall Street Journal
After a six-year building frenzy that transformed Las Vegas, casino companies are shifting strategies dramatically toward slower growth, paying down debt and cutting back on spending. Many casino executives don't expect to break ground on another major building project in the city for at least 10 years.
Going Green to Pull in Conventions
from The Buffalo News
It's no longer enough to roll out the red carpet for organizations looking for cities to host their next conventions. That, say its leaders, is why the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling out the green carpet for the increasing number of event planners who want to know how environmentally friendly a hotel or convention center is before booking the kind of meeting that can bring many people and a lot of money to a community.
Register Early and Save
For International Pow Wow
from The Buffalo News
Make plans now to get your share of the $111 billion that international visitors spend annually in the United States by exhibiting at U.S. Travel’s International Pow Wow, May 15-19, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, U.S. suppliers conduct business in up to 44 pre-scheduled appointments with international buyers from more than 70 countries. With forecasters calling for a rebound of international inbound travelers in 2010, you'll want to reserve your booth today. Register by November 16, and you will save up to $270 per delegate. For more information go to www.powwowonline.com.