Focus on Travel News
July 2, 2013
As the peak summer travel season begins, U.S. travelers plan to hit the road in record numbers despite lingering concerns about the cost, safety and satisfaction of travel experiences according to the latest travelhorizons™ survey of 2,300 U.S. adults conducted by marketing services firm MMGY Global.
The Washington Post
June 20, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Customs and Border Protection employees on Wednesday that they would not be furloughed this year, despite the agency’s initial estimate that its employees would have to take 14 days off because of the sequester.
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2013
With the economy on the rebound, Americans once again are cracking open their pocketbooks to take family vacations and other leisure trips. But corporate managers in charge of spending for business conferences and conventions remain tightfisted with their money. That is one conclusion from a study of bookings at nearly 4,000 hotels by TravelClick, a New York company that provides booking software and business data for major hotel chains.
June 17, 2013
As if traveling overseas isn't exhausting enough, listen to the stories of what clearing Customs is like now for passengers arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. "It was total chaos," said Melissa Moore. "I've been in here for about an hour-and-a-half," added fellow traveler Kristine Clark, who just flew in from South Africa.
The Huffington Post
June 17, 2013
People take vacations for a variety of reasons; some to rest, some to discover new places, and others to experience unique adventures. Still others like to travel as a family, to experience a new place and try new things together. Active travel is one of the best types of family trips because it offers a variety of benefits that regular travel does not. Here are five reasons why families love active travel - and why you'll never hear "I'm Bored" again!
June 12, 2013
To make the most of the election year in 2012, Roger Dow, 66, helmed several innovative projects for the U.S. Travel Association. The association launched its "Vote Travel" campaign in the spring, which helped push media, consumers, and elected officials to acknowledge meetings and travel as real business vital to the economy. The group covered a bus in pro-travel messaging—that the industry is responsible for 14.4 million jobs, for example—and covered 20,000 miles, 38 states, and 60 destinations, resulting in widespread local and national media coverage. The campaign hit both political conventions, and Marriott even put the message on its hotel key cards in Tampa, Florida.
International Business Times
May 23, 2013
Those who work in the U.S. travel industry hailed the immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a bipartisan 13-to-5 vote Tuesday night, as a decisive step toward improving travel into and out of the country. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said the bill included important travel-related measures that would help increase international travel to the U.S. and boost the economy.
The New York Times
May 22, 2013
The Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be the first airport in the United States to implement Automated Passport Control, a new technology designed to expedite customs clearance, the Chicago Department of Aviation announced recently. The program is expected to help travelers with American passports move more quickly through the United States border clearance process by allowing them to enter passport and other information at self-service kiosks instead of using paper declaration cards.
May 14, 2013
One of the reasons that the travel experts are so optimistic about a boom in travel this year is because of the Travel Effect. In survey after survey going back decades, when consumers are asked to prioritize what is important to them, vacation travel is at the top. The first spare dollar goes toward a vacation.
May 7, 2013
Businesses that continued to send employees on the road during the recession were more profitable than those that cut back on business travel, a new study out today has found. The study, conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, attempted to show how travel can affect a company's bottom line just as businesses are starting to once again spend money on trips to meetings and conferences.