The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to raise the threshold of overtime pay for salaried employees working over 40 hours per week from $23,660 to $50,440.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to potential cuts in state funding for Choose Chicago, the organization charged with promoting the city as a travel destination:
Registration for Tourism Cares for Our National Parks Opens with Travel Industry #NPSSelfie Campaign
Looking ahead to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, five industry volunteer events with the National Park Service, and celebrating the Find Your Park movement -- Tourism Cares invites industry professionals to visit at least one of America's 407 national parks for a summer vacation, and share their #NPSSelfie!
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Senate's successful cloture vote that removes remaining obstacles to passage of Trade Promotion Authority:
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the announcement from the trade group Airlines for America that it will not support proposed new international standards restricting the size of carry-on bags:
Key private sector leaders are urging the Obama administration to resist changes to the Open Skies international aviation treaties—including the CEOs of Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, whose industry partners American, Delta and United are leading the charge to tamper with the agreements.
The U.S. Travel Association announced that it has added new Senior Director of Government Relations Lorraine Howerton to its public affairs team. Howerton will focus on federal aviation policy, airport financing and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Following extensive research among the 355 members of the International Association of Conference Centres, the association released its Top 10 Meeting Tech Trends for 2015, which are influencing meeting planners and venue operators across the globe.
Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Meeting Planners are seeing their role influenced more and more by technology, not just for the meeting itself, but in researching and booking venues, how planners interact onsite and how they communicate following the meeting.” Cooper continued with, “The balance between technology and in-person relationships is an interesting one, with a need to attain a balance of the two in order to plan and deliver successful meeting outcomes.”
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that the U.S. will enter negotiations to expand the U.S. customs preclearance program to nine additional countries (Belgium, Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom):
Millennial business travelers eager to use new travel services and social media, according to American Express and GBTA
Business travelers value convenience over cost savings, according to new research from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with American Express. According to the first in a series of GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™ reports, U.S. business travelers put a high premium on convenience, particularly when it comes to their flight schedule choices. When booking flights domestically or internationally, more business travelers say their top consideration is convenient flight schedules (36%), compared with ticket price (24%) and ability to earn miles (20%).