July 19, 2013
In the fall of 2012, U.S. Travel Association embarked on a multiyear research initiative aimed at better understanding not just the travel experience, but also the benefits of travel across many dimensions. The campaign, called Travel Effect, would take two parallel paths: A review of existing studies as well as original research through surveys, interviews and primary data sources, such as census information and historical economic reporting.
The Huffington Post
July 18, 2013
More Americans than ever are stressed about their jobs, and unfortunately, fewer and fewer are taking time off. U.S. workers are increasingly forgoing their earned vacation days, using two days less than they did last year, according to a recent Expedia survey. And even when employees do take time off, more than half stay plugged in, responding to work emails and checking in at the office during their vacation.
July 17, 2013
The budgets for the top ten U.S. state tourism offices including Hawaii, Florida, California and Texas represent more than half, or 53.5 percent, of the total budget for all state tourism offices. In the fiscal year that ending June 30, 2013, the average budget of those top ten states was $36.6 million while the average for the other 36 reporting states was just $8.8 million.
July 17, 2013
Your smartphone allows you to do everything from tell time to watch all eight Harry Potter films. Apps have also become a thing of necessity on phones from helping us track our flights to playing pointless games involving birds. And the hotel industry isn’t far behind. Today, some of the top brands in the business offer their guests robust apps that allow them such benefits as remote check-in and the ability to book spa treatments.
Hotel News Now
July 15, 2013
Despite recent reports that suggest Facebook is showing signs of fatigue, hoteliers said the social networking site is still their No. 1 platform for engaging with guests, locally and globally. “Facebook is still the main platform that we use to engage with our audience,” said Nancy Deck, VP of marketing for full-service brands at Hilton Worldwide. “We have actually continued to see steady growth for DoubleTree by Hilton on the site.”
The Washington Times
July 15, 2013
Aircraft collisions that are “barely avoided” have increased more than 600 percent in the past four years, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration, potentially putting thousands of passengers’ lives at risk. Although the agency’s internal watchdog said the U.S. still has the safest air transportation system in the world, investigators don’t know what is causing the rise in near accidents.
July 9, 2013
Hawaiian Airlines this morning began nonstop service to Taiwan, the latest destination on the carrier's quickly expanding route map. Hawaiian will go head-to-head on the route with Taiwan-based China Airlines, which resumed its nonstop service between Honolulu and the Taiwanese capital last month. Prior to that, China Airlines had suspended its Taipei-Hawaii service because of weak demand, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
July 9, 2013
Having trouble beating the heat this summer? Imagine how your infrastructure feels. Last summer, we told you about extreme heat leading to buckling roads, melting runways, and kinky railroad tracks. Now we’re also hearing about droopy power lines and grounded airplanes.
July 8, 2013
Although the national unemployment rate remains unchanged at 7.6 percent, the travel industry continues to create jobs, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which last week released an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor’s June jobs report.
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2013
Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good a reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough. A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs, but are more accurate.