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Video contest highlights latest National Travel and Tourism Week
from PR Week
The newest component of the 30th annual National Travel and Tourism Week will culminate in one traveler winning a $2,500 getaway. The U.S. Travel Association has partnered with Expedia for the "What's Your Travel Effect?" contest, which is open to all U.S. residents.
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U.S. hotels courting Chinese travelers with tea, lucky numbers
from NBC News
For U.S. hotels hoping to attract big-spending Chinese travelers, it may start with learning to say "Nin Hao" but it's also about knowing the lucky numbers, unlucky colors, and which carafes to order for the coffeemakers.
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The benefits of taking a paid vacation
from WJLA-TV
National Travel and Tourism week began recently! And more than 40 percent of Americans won't take all of their paid vacation this year. But, taking a vacation isn't just good for your mental health.
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  Ride The Rails In Style
Pullman Rail Journeys restores the splendor of first-class rail travel with Chicago-New Orleans service aboard authentically restored Pullman sleeping, dining and lounge cars from the 1910’s – 1950’s. Guest pampering is paramount, delivered by exceptionally trained Pullman Conductors, Porters and Waitstaff.

Travel employment set another record in April
from Successful Meetings
The travel industry set its seventh consecutive employment record in April, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which recently released an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor's April jobs report.
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Improving U.S. infrastructure starts with tax reform
from The Washington Post
After years of standoffs, Congress faces another dangerous deadline this summer: The looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which funds roughly 90 percent of federal surface transportation projects in the United States.
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Lafayette, More Than A Vacation

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TravMedia Proud Technology Partner of the SATW

TravMedia powers the Society of American Travel Writers’ convention’s Online Press Room, connecting SATW members before, during and after the event to expand relationships and grow travel news opportunities. This year, TravMedia will manage appointment requests for the SATW convention in Reykjavik, Iceland. Learn how TravMedia can connect your company to 25,000 journalists worldwide.

From shutdown to shutout: How federal cuts are impacting the meetings industry
from PCMA
It's been two years since a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Inspector General's report on excessive spending at a GSA conference in Las Vegas triggered an explosive media outcry, the exposure of high-profile spending abuses at other government conferences, and a cascade of new policies and legislation mandating spending cuts and increased oversight of federal travel spending.
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Meeting Spaces & Overnight Places
The Peoria Civic Center offers 900,000 square feet of event space. More than 5,000 hotel rooms allow the Peoria Area to accommodate events of any size. MORE
Tall Ships in Los Angeles!
A dozen majestic Tall Ships and the world’s largest Rubber Duck will be the centerpiece of the Tall Ships Festival LA from August 20 -24, 2014. Tickets on sale now! MORE

Senator: TSA's focus should be expanded
from The Hill
The chairman of the Senate's main transportation committee said recently that the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) focus should be expanded beyond airports. Conservative groups and lawmakers have sharply criticized the TSA for its airport security techniques such as pat-downs and X-ray scanners, which they say are invasions of airline passengers' privacy.
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U.S. considers more easing of visa policy for Chinese
from China Daily
The United States may further ease its visa policy for Chinese tourists, a move welcomed by tourists and travel agencies in China and the U.S. Arne Sorenson, a member of the President Barack Obama's Export Council, said recently that the U.S. is considering a more progressive visa policy for Chinese tourists, including a possible visa waiver for the second time a Chinese visits the US.
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How the 2015 Super Bowl of tourism trade shows will help Orlando
Orlando Business Journal
Let's be real: Orlando would kill for the chance to host a Super Bowl. And heck, that may one day be a reality, thanks to the new Citrus Bowl under construction. But right now, that game tends to be played in NFL stadiums.

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Commerce Department: Travel helping lead economic recovery
Travel Pulse
If you're into number-crunching, Travel Pulse has a real treat for you here. And if you're not, just know that the travel and tourism industry is racking up huge numbers, and pulling a sluggish economic recovery along with it.

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Orlando the next U.S. city to feel the "IPW effect"
Travel Weekly
Orlando is to host U.S. trade show IPW in 2015, with the Florida city hopeful it will reap the tourism benefits now being called the "IPW effect."

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Register for IPW 2015 by May 16 for exclusive perks
from U.S. Travel Association
IPW 2014 was a huge success — with the largest number of travel buyers attending since 2001. Secure a spot for next year's event in Orlando, May 30-June 3, 2015, while space exists. If you register by May 16, 2014, you'll gain early access to housing in Orlando, earn priority appointment scheduling, save on both booth and delegate rates, and be entered to win a complimentary booth and registration for three. Questions? Contact Sarah Dickson, director, exhibitions, sponsorships and advertising sales, at 202.408.2134.
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