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Passover begins at sundown April 14 and the Transportation Security Administration is assuring fliers that its officers will be sensitive to carry-on items associated with the Jewish holiday. "Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo,...

source: Los Angeles Times

Registration for ESTO, the can't-miss destination marketing event of the year, is now open. Join us in Louisville, KY, August 24-26, for ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations) to gain cutting-edge practices, network with colleagues and increase competitiveness....

source: U.S. Travel Association

Sen. Mazie Hirono is advocating for a bill aimed at encouraging tourism from Hong Kong, Macau and other territories. Hirono introduced the measure known as the Subnational Visa Waiver Program Act along with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

source: Honolulu Civil Beat

On the same day that Jim Byers spotted a story about how Destination BC has to go it alone in bucking for U.S. visits due to severe federal cutbacks, the folks at the International Pow Wow (U.S. Tourism meeting) in Chicago were reveling...

source: The Toronto Star

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that it will hire an unprecedented 2,000 new officers, increasing the size of its workforce by about 10 percent. They will be deployed at 44 ports of entry in 18 states. Among the cities that will get additional officers...

source: Travel Weekly

Urbanist Scott Beyer has a matter-of-fact essay in Atlantic Cities titled "Seven Reasons U.S. Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should." Government-set wages (1931 Davis-Bacon Act), lengthy environmental review, "buy American" laws, and mandatory do-good extras...

source: The Huffington Post

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