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U.S. Travel Urges New Security Measures
from Travel Agent Central
The Transportation Security Agency's newly announced security policies for international travelers to the U.S. are appropriate steps within the resources available today to secure air travel to and within the country, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association said in a statement. Dow's comments followed the Obama Administration's announcement of new air security measures for international travelers to the U.S. More
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Cultural and Heritage Tourism Report Now Available for Purchase

The industry's first segmentation study of the cultural and heritage traveler is available in PDF and hard copy. Commissioned by the US Cultural and Heritage Tourism Marketing Council, in partnership with the Department of Commerce, and supported by sponsors such as Heritage Travel Inc, California, Florida, Virginia, Chicago, Cleveland, Sarasota, and others the study demonstrates that cultural and heritage travelers contribute $192 billion to the U.S. economy. Click here to order or contact for more information.

Opinion: A No-fly List? Count Him In
from the Los Angeles Times
Flying was awful even before 9/11; it's worse now, and we're not even really any safer. More
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Spotty Enforcement for New U.S. Air Screening Rules
from The Associated Press via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world conceded Monday they had not cracked down. The United States demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty. More
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H1N1 Response Shows Need for Better
Medical Emergency Plans

from The Washington Post
For generations, the United States has neglected to nurture the technologies and systems needed to respond to emergencies related to disease. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to H1N1. Our nation relies on a disease surveillance system that doesn't give useful information about an epidemic, such as the severity of illness, transmission rates and spread of disease in communities. Even today, we have no idea how many people have had the H1N1 virus. If this country had an up-to-date system, we could make better decisions about school closings, infection control guidance and antiviral drug use. More
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Companies Turn to Virtual Trade Shows to Save Money
from USA Today
With travel budgets deeply slashed across Corporate America, more companies are turning to virtual trade shows to connect with customers and suppliers. Virtual shows combine the latest technology in webcasting, online chats, video streaming, webinars and avatar graphics to offer the elements of trade shows: exhibitor booths, speeches, seminars, distribution of marketing literature and social "gatherings." More
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Tourism Expected to Grow in 2010,
with Mexico Making Comeback

from The Associated Press via the Boston Herald
Forecasts for 2010 predict that more people will be traveling, but the numbers are still well below what they were before the recession. Still, if you can afford to get away, interesting events will be drawing visitors to destinations around the world, from Shanghai to South Africa to Orlando, Fla. And here's a surprise: Mexico is turning up on some top 10 lists for 2010, despite the swine flu epidemic and worries over drug violence. More
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Travel in 2010: Fees, and More Fees
from the Chicago Tribune
With most families still closely watching their discretionary spending, and with unemployment figures at 10 percent, travel plans for 2010 will remain on the lean side. According to crystal ball gazers, travel will decline most significantly among younger people, while boomers are expected to travel slightly more in the next six months. At least that's how the most recent survey of 2,200 adults by the U.S. Travel Association and Ypartnership, a marketing firm, sees things. More
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Editorial: Where the Action Is on Climate
from The New York Times
Even as many members of Congress resist as too hard or too costly the steps necessary to address global warming, American cities and states -- the largest of which have carbon footprints bigger than those of most nations -- have quietly been making serious commitments to curb emissions. Instead of finding reasons to do nothing, Congress should build on these actions to fashion a national response to climate change. More
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