Choice Hotels International CEO
to Head U.S. Travel Association
from the Baltimore Business Journal
Choice Hotels International CEO Stephen Joyce has been named national chairman of the U.S. Travel Association. Joyce succeeds Caroline Beteta, chief executive of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, who served as the association's national chair for the past two years. "My chairmanship will be focused on leading U.S. Travel and our industry to new heights of relevance, significance and impact," said Joyce in a statement. "Our ultimate goal is to create an environment in which policymakers and opinion leaders better appreciate travel's benefits and capabilities; business leaders embrace travel's bottom line value; and individuals understand travel's wide-ranging benefits."
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 Laura@MandalaResearch.com for more information.
Hotels ARE Hiring Again!
from Hotel Interactive
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data in early April showing job openings increased during February within the category that includes hotels, the news may have come as a shock to many. After all, hasn’t lodging been one of the hardest hit sectors in the economy, with many hotel companies cutting management and hourly workers to compensate for the loss of revenue? But the news wasn't surprising to those within the hotel industry who are seeing forecasts predicting an occupancy increase (albeit a small one) and are now ramping up staffing levels accordingly.
SISO CEO Summit Special: Back to Business
from Tradeshow Week
The Great Recession is not the first major economic downturn the tradeshow industry has ever experienced. However, according to some who lived and staged tradeshows during others, it has been – by far – the worst.“I've been through seven recessions,” said Robert Dallmeyer, president of RD Intl. “Every time we've had a recession, we've had a reset.” According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, the tradeshow industry survived three significant recessions from 1975 through the end of the 20th century.
Meeting Planners Cut Back on Conventions at Pricey Hotels
from USA Today
University campuses, such as UCLA and the University of Maryland, do host conferences. And they're increasingly appealing places for businesses, associations and other groups to have conventions as meeting planners face tight budgets and low attendance during the economic slump. They're less expensive than the fancy hotels, resorts, big convention halls and exotic locales they met in before the recession. And they're less controversial. Companies have been taken to task for extravagance during hard times. Insurance giant AIG, for example, caught grief from Congress for having a luxurious incentive meeting at a St. Regis hotel in Southern California in 2008 after being bailed out by taxpayers.
Study: Flying Went Smoother for Passengers in 2009
from The Associated Press via the Anchorage Daily News
Hawaiian Airlines did the best job for fliers last year, closely followed by low-cost carrier AirTran, according to an annual study released Monday that rates the nation's 18 busiest airlines for the quality of their service. At the bottom were three regional carriers: American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast and Comair. Atlantic Southeast and Comair are owned by mainline carrier Delta, which was ranked fourth from last. More
GPS-Guided Landings Begin for Airline
from ABC News
This week, Southwest Airlines, which flies more passengers worldwide than any other carrier, began satellite-assisted runway approaches, part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the nation's skyways in a project known as NextGen. The switchover from ground- to satellite-based landings is costing Southwest $175 million, but it expects to recoup its investment, plus make money, by spending less on fuel. More
Dorgan’s Role Vital in Passing a New Travel Promotion Act
At a time when there is so much divisive rhetoric in Washington, congressional leaders from both parties and President Barack Obama recently came together to recognize the value of travel to strengthen our economy and improve our image around the world. The Travel Promotion Act, which was signed into law earlier this month, will reduce the deficit by $425 million and create new jobs in North Dakota and across the country. Much of the credit for this bipartisan victory must go to U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. More
San Francisco Detours into Reality Tourism
from The New York Times
Visitors know all too well this pretty city’s sights, what with the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the clang-clang-clangy cable cars. But now San Francisco’s civic boosters have decided they want to add a highly unlikely stop to the tourist itinerary: the Uptown Tenderloin, the ragged, druggy and determinedly dingy domain of the city’s most down and out. And what is the appeal? “We offer a kind of grittiness you can’t find much anymore,” said Randy Shaw, a longtime San Francisco housing advocate and a driving force behind the idea of Tenderloin tourism. “And what is grittier than the Tenderloin?” More