Tourist Promotion Bill Heads to Senate
A House bill promoting tourism is headed for the U.S. Senate and would, if enacted, require many foreign tourists to pay a $10 fee to enter the country. The Travel Promotion Act would require a $10 fee from anyone entering the country from most of Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Brunei, USA Today reported Monday.
U.S. Looks at Tourist Tax to Fund Company
to Promote Tourism
from USA Today
To entice more international travelers to visit, U.S. tourism officials and lawmakers may start charging some who do make the trip an extra $10 for the privilege. The money collected will be used to create and fund a non-profit company that will market the U.S. as an attractive destination for tourists, business travelers and students. But before any money can be spent on marketing, the company must find a dollar-for-dollar match from the private sector, up to $100 million.
A Recovery to 'Less Bad'
from The New York Times
As the economy begins to shift gears from dismal to slightly improved, the travel industry sees some reason for hope -- but not much. The U.S. Travel Association expects travel spending in the United States to decline by nearly 9 percent this year, to $705 billion, which includes domestic business and leisure travel as well as spending by international visitors.
Spending is expected to increase by 6 percent in 2010, but that does not make up for the large dip in 2009.
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Offer Failed Olympic Bid: Donít Blame It on Chicago
from Boarding Area
There are probably several good reasons to explain why the U.S. bid for the 2016 Olympics was so resoundingly dissed by the International Olympic Committee. But one reason, according to the author of this article, is international revulsion to the hassles of simply entering the United States as a visitor. Every foreign business traveler I know tells me that they brace themselves for the routinely unpleasant experiences at U.S. Customs and Immigration upon arrival at an American airport.
Travel Cost-Cutting Is the New Normal
from The New York Times
As business travel slowly comes back, company travel departments are sending out a strong message: Work harder. Fit more productivity into each trip. Become a lot more accessible on the road -- even on airplanes, using new in-flight wireless services. And, oh yeah, do it more cheaply. More
Advanced Air-traffic System Debuts
from USA Today
Airline flights are being closely tracked and directed without radar for the first time in the nation's history as part of a new system monitoring the skies above the Colorado Rockies. The program is a look ahead to the way air-traffic controllers may soon monitor planes across the USA. It uses similar technology to the satellite-based system that the Federal Aviation Administration is installing nationwide to replace radar over the next decade, said Vincent Capezzuto, who oversees the agency's modernization technology.
Little-known Airline Fees that Tug at Your Wallet
from The Associated Press via MSNBC
Anything airlines can justify extra charges for based on extra handling "will get just that -- extra charges," says airline and travel consultant Bob Harrell. There are several little-known fees that airlines charge these days that passengers may not be aware of. This article discusses them.
More Air Travel Misery on the Way
from CNN Money
If you think flying is a miserable experience now, just wait until 2010. Air travel has been declining since 2008 as a result of the recession. But it is expected to pick up next year, resulting in more headaches for travelers, according to a study released last week.
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