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US travel exports up 13 percent, leading export recovery
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U.S. travel exports increased 13 percent in the first 11 months of 2011, according to the latest Commerce Department figures on international trade. "With travel imports totaling $101 billion through November, the travel trade surplus in 2011 has so far increased to $38.4 billion, which is up 33 percent from the $28.8 billion surplus through the first 11 months of 2010," said David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. More


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Thwarted travelers
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Travel groups and convention planners are among the groups pressing the U.S. to change some of its more onerous visa requirements, arguing the current rules are keeping out many international business travelers while a faster, more efficient process would help American companies compete in the global marketplace. The waiting time to obtain a visa in some countries can be up to 100 days, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and travelers who do not live in or near a city with an American consulate may have to spend hundreds of dollars in travel expenses for mandatory face-to-face interviews. More

Lodging forecast says hotel rates will go up
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U.S. hotels ended 2011 on a strong note, and will likely recover even more this year, says a lodging forecast recently released. According to consulting firm PwC US, a short-term uptick in economic activity in the fourth quarter of 2011 led to higher hotel occupancy rates. Occupancy reached 60.1 percent, slightly higher than the 10-year average of 60 percent. More

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Marriott delivers late editions
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Marriott International Inc. has been trying — and failing — for more than four years to build a brand of hip hotels. Now, it finally may be breathing some life into its competitor to the stylish W chain. Marriott, which manages and franchises about 3,700 properties around the world, has won support for new hotel projects in Abu Dhabi and Bangkok that will carry its Edition brand name. More

4 strategic requirements for corporate tweeting
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Michelle Obama's first day on Twitter was the tweet heard around the world, with more than 60,000 followers signing up to follow her the morning she launched. Initial tweets from @MichelleObama noted that her staff would be doing the heavy lifting initially, but that every tweet from the first lady herself would be signed "mo." It was a nice touch of transparency, creating excitement without overpromising. More

Candor, criticism, teamwork
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We've all been there: trapped in pointless meetings where participants are afraid to speak honestly. We twiddle our thumbs through diplomatic PowerPoint presentations, waiting for the meeting to end so that the real conversations — which usually happen in private — can begin. The desire to avoid conflict is understandable, but it's one of the most debilitating factors in organizational life. More

The wrath of a great leader
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Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors. One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr. knew of the power that came packed in this emotion. Great leaders do not ignore their anger, nor do they allow themselves to get consumed by it. Instead, they channel the emotion into energy, commitment, sacrifice and purpose. More

The lost art, science of front desk yielding    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some hotels across the country have forgotten the fine art and science of yielding at the front desk. Appropriately, hotels are attuned to channel revenue management, actively setting hurdle points and rate fences to manage demand on a daily basis. There are thousands of dollars being lost at the point-of-sale by front desk personnel who have not been properly trained to handle the walk-in and/or rate-sensitive customer in person. More

Setting hotel and travel marketing priorities in 2012
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The Internet and social media have placed a wealth of information at the fingertips of travelers. So we should be making better decisions, right? The online playing field has become so crowded, the information so fragmented and contradictory, we now spend more time planning trips than enjoying them. And yet we still manage to make lousy decisions. If things don't get simpler soon, we'll all run screaming back to travel agents. Here are five must-haves for the modern travel shopper, along with some practical advice for fulfilling them. More

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Taxation imbalance helps Las Vegas compete for Chinese New Year's traffic
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Why would an Asian high roller travel to the Strip to celebrate the lunar new year rather than visit the ultrachic gambling salons of Asia's gaming giants? Much of the answer can be found in the effective tax rates on gross gaming rates in the world's three major gaming locales. It reaches 39 percent in Macau, China, and 20 percent in Singapore, yet is only 6.75 percent in Nevada. Quite simply, the big three casino operators in those markets — Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts — are able to keep a larger share of their winnings in Las Vegas, and that's incentive enough for them to attempt to steer Asia's biggest gamblers to the desert for the Chinese New Year. More

NHLA joins the US Travel Association in applauding national strategy to boost travel and tourism
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In a first for the U.S., President Barack Obama announced a national strategy on travel and tourism to boost travel in the United States. The U.S. travel industry is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, representing 1.8 trillion in economic output and supporting 14 million American jobs. More

2012 Hotel Marketing Strategies: Tools to Develop Direct Online Business
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Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association in partnership with Avvio is pleased to announce TripAdvisor Inc. will be a featured presenting company at our upcoming dynamic online marking conference in Las Vegas. The conference, 2012 Hotel Marketing Strategies: Tools to Develop Direct Online Business is scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendees of this conference will learn about 50 Million Reasons to Get Involved with TripAdvisor. Several more key online travel marketing and technology companies will be speaking at this conference. It's a must attend for hospitality professionals who want to stay on top of the ever-changing world of online tools for hotel marketing. Contact the Nevada Hotel and Lodging association at 702-878-9272 to book your attendance now.

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