White House Says it Encourages Business Travel
from The Associated Press via MSNBC
The White House last week encouraged Americans to travel, soothing words for the tourism industry that had complained for weeks that a remark from the president about corporate junkets had a chilling effect on business travel.
New York State Tourism Worth $53B in '08
from Charlotte Business Journal
Tourists spent $53 billion in New York last year, a 4 percent increase that drew high praise from state officials wrestling with the recession. New York also experienced an increase in hotel room occupancy in 2008, ending the year with sales up almost 1 percent from 2007 levels. Nationwide, hotel occupancy dropped nearly 2 percent over that same time.
A New Normal?
from Hotel Interactive
The hospitality landscape is quickly changing because of the economy. Here’s what you can do to mitigate the downturn’s effect.
Narrowing the Financing Gap
from Hospitality Net
Conventional financing may not allow most hotel projects to be funded in today’s economic conditions. Several alternatives exist that can help to narrow a project’s financing gap.
The 2009 Conference & Expo will give lodging owners and operators the tools to stay competitive during these tough economic times.
April 26-28, 2009
Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
The Conference & Expo will provide attendees with a perfect atmosphere to absorb new ideas and network with industry leaders.
For more information on registration, contact Trish Bergan, NYSH&TA Meeting Planner at (800) 642-5313 ext. 107, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Leisure Travel Intentions Trend Slightly Upward
from the Leisure Group Travel
According to the February travelhorizons™ survey, the U.S. Traveler Sentiment Index™ rose to 90.2 in February 2009 from 78.2 in October 2008 due to an increase in the perceived "affordability of travel." The Index is a derivative of six separate statistical measures that have been tracked since March 2007, at which time the Index was pegged at 100. The spike in the perceived affordability of travel appears to be a direct result of many travel suppliers' recent efforts to stimulate short-term demand through the aggressive promotion of discounted fares and rates.
NYSH&TA Survey Reponses Help Marketing Efforts
A few weeks ago, NYSH&TA was asked by I Love NY to survey its lodging members to find out what expectations they have for the 2009 summer season and to gather suggestions as to how the state’s marketing efforts can assist in bringing more travelers to New York State.
The marketing team from I Love NY was very appreciative, and will be utilizing the data gleaned from the survey as it plans future marketing efforts.
Click here to find an overview of the results of the survey. Your Association continues to work closely with I Love NY to ensure the lodging industry is well represented when tourism dollars are spent marketing our great state.
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