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February 11, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Flight schedules return to normal after weekend storm
    Airports began reinstating flight schedules Sunday following a storm in the Northeast that had caused as many as 6,600 cancellations since Thursday. Boston Logan International Airport was the last to resume operations. "Airlines will be rebuilding their schedules throughout the day, and we should be at full capacity by the end of the day," Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Matthew Brelis said Sunday. USA Today/Today In The Sky blog (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • U.S. travel exports exceeded overall growth pace in 2012, group says
    The U.S. Travel Association reports that travel exports rose 10% in 2012, compared with 4% overall growth by U.S. exports. "The last time travel exports grew this much faster than overall U.S. exports was in 1990," said David Huether of the U.S. Travel Association. The growth also marks the third consecutive year of double-digit export growth by the travel industry. TravelPulse (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas welcomed 39.7 million visitors in 2012
    The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said last week that visits to Las Vegas were up 2.8% in December versus December 2011 and that 39.7 million people visited the city in 2012. "All in, December was a solid month on the Las Vegas Strip. That said, we think the mix shift of customers needs to change before we see a meaningful pickup in gaming and outside-the-room spending," said Bill Lerner, a Union Gaming analyst. (Las Vegas) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Return of Wall Street travel extravagance is unlikely, expert says
    An increased awareness over public perception will likely prevent the financial-services sector from raising travel spending despite market performance coming close to peak levels reached in 2008, says Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. "Attitudes are different -- both public attitudes toward Wall Street but even attitudes on Wall Street about wanting to avoid the appearance of excess," Hanson said. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Western Md. museums offer an indoor escape
    Western Maryland, more well-known for its great hiking and skiing scenes, also offers a number of intriguing museums that highlight the region's rich culture. The Thrasher Carriage Museum in Frostburg houses several noteworthy and historical carriages. Gordon-Roberts House in Cumberland offers a glimpse into the elegant lives of its former dwellers. The Washington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • New ASTA handbooks detail agents' regulatory obligations
    ASTA has released two handbooks -- the "U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook" and the "Travel Agent's Guide to Copyrights" -- designed to inform travel agents regarding the various federal and statutory rules that affect their operations. "The release of ASTA's 'U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook' comes on the heels of a recent civil penalty assessment of $40,000 on a small, cruise-focused agency for failing to comply with DOT's advertising rules. It should be clear to everyone that these rules apply to travel sellers of all sizes and shapes," said ASTA interim CEO Nina Meyer. TravelPulse (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Family travel offers a broad revenue source for agents, expert says
    Travel agents can boost their income by capturing the booming family-travel market, whose broad reach into many travel segments -- including cruises, adventure travel and tours -- offers a wealth of opportunities, says Nancy Schretter of the Family Travel Network. "With time poverty, and the fact that the Internet has become so unwieldy, parents are feeling overwhelmed. They're interested in going to a family-oriented agent who is really a destination specialist and a one-stop shop," Schretter said. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • How to make your business more eco-friendly while cutting costs
    Making your business more environmentally friendly isn't just good for the planet -- it can also help you reduce your expenses, writes Kate Harrison. She suggests tactics including installing energy-efficient appliances, using public transportation and buying compact-fluorescent or LED lights. Forbes (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • ASTA joins state battles in Virginia, Minnesota
    Action in state legislatures can be fast and furious, especially at the start of legislative sessions after a big election. This year is no different, and ASTA has entered the fray in two states (and counting), fighting against harmful bills that will subject travel agents to new taxation. We ask that Virginia and Minnesota members take two minutes and fill out a Web form (Virginia, here; Minnesota, here) telling their legislators that new taxes on travel agents is a terrible idea, especially in this economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright

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