Business Travel Pitched as Economic Engine
The travel industry is working to redefine itself as a key player in the American economy: a means by which companies can improve profits, a source of tax revenue and a provider of jobs. Geoff Freeman, U.S. Travel Association senior vice president, said factors that include the recession, a spurt of public anger over extravagant business travel and politicians who lashed out at the travel industry resulted in $2 billion worth of events and meetings being canceled when the rancor was at its peak early this year.
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Chinese Tourists to U.S. Come Often,
Stay a Long Time and Spend Heavily
from Advertising Age
Nearly 500,000 mainland Chinese traveled to America last year, said the U.S. Travel Association. Visitors from China tend to come frequently and spend an average of 23 nights in the U.S. They also spend more than people from any other country, an average of $7,200 each on accommodation, air travel, dining, shopping and gambling.
New National Study Shows Importance of
Cultural and Heritage Travel to U.S. Economy
from Fox and Hounds Daily
A new study, the first of its kind, confirms that cultural and heritage tourism is huge - and bigger than many of us thought in terms of economic impact. As Chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the author of this article says this is great news for just about every destination in the U.S., as all of us have products that will appeal to this market. Especially noteworthy is that this group is affluent and travels more and further as a whole- which means they are less impacted by the slow economy than other types of travelers.
Travel Industry Optimism Arrives with Airline,
Hotel Earnings Reports
from USA Today
The U.S. travel industry appears to have survived the recession but has yet to recover from it, earnings results reported from the third-quarter indicate. Delta, the world's largest airline, and US Airways , the USA's sixth-largest, reported losses for the quarter on Thursday. But they said they saw signs that travel is beginning to pick up.
Airlines' Extra Fees May Soon be Taking Off
from the Los Angeles Times
Airline passengers who are fed up with all those extra fees now charged by carriers are in for some bad news: More of the same is yet to come. That was the message from the Ancillary Revenue Airline Conference in Huntington Beach last week, a gathering of airline executives and businesses that serve the industry. More
Rental Car Taxes are Getting Jacked Up
from USA Today
Anyone renting a car in Maine would be paying the state 12.5 percent of their bill in excise taxes starting last month if the legislature there had its way. But residents blocked the state's new tax-reform law -- which included a tax increase from 10 percent to 12.5 percent on rental car bills -- by signing petitions in opposition. If the signatures on the petitions turn out to be valid, the increase will be put to a vote in June, says Sara Lewis, a Maine taxation official. The action in Maine represents something of a victory for business travelers, corporate travel departments and rental-car companies who are increasingly upset over what's been an explosion in taxes imposed on renting a car.
Tips for Traveling Safely During Flu Season
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last spring thousands of travelers canceled trips to Mexico after a swine flu outbreak there emptied beaches and resorts. And now, staying home won't protect you from swine flu now: Forty-six states have reported widespread flu activity. Here are some questions and answers about travel insurance, basic hygiene, and other aspects of traveling during the swine flu outbreak.
Winging It: Airlines are Taking Some Green Steps
from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Airlines know there is no point denying it: They are substantial contributors to the carbon dioxide emissions responsible for global warming. But after monitoring a series of industry initiatives this year, it looks as if both some individual airlines and aviation as a whole are taking seriously their responsibilities to be better, less-wasteful corporate citizens.