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Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

The US Department of Commerce announced today that the President’s January Executive Order and May release of the country’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, international tourism and spending have increased substantially. In a White House press release issued today, the Administration said the following: “The Obama Administration’s number one priority is to strengthen our economy, […]

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White House blogs benefits of tourism on public lands

White House blogs benefits of tourism on public lands

Last week, the White House blog highlighted the benefits of tourism on public lands. The blog cited the annual visitor survey of the US Department of Agriculture which showed that “Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and, as a result, visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time […]

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Tracking New Legislation to Ease Travel to the US

Tracking New Legislation to Ease Travel to the US

From the end of September 2011 to October 20th, 2011 three new pieces of legislation have been introduced in the US Congress to ease travel to the US. We are tracking each piece of legislation as it moves through Congress. Click here to visit the tracking page. If this important legislation is successful, international tourism […]

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$200 mn available for economic development, including tourism, in Central NY

$200 mn available for economic development, including tourism, in Central NY

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is competing for $200 million of funding for a five-county region in New York State. The funding is for economic development based on community priorities and interests, which could include tourism development. Yesterday, the Council met with community members to decide on investment targets for the funding. […]

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Cleveland – Heart of Rock & Roll – Tries to Kill Music & Tourism Tax

Cleveland – Heart of Rock & Roll – Tries to Kill Music & Tourism Tax

For city governments flailing for tax revenue, take note of Cleveland – an example of what not to do and then an example of how to undo the mistakes. Cleveland, like many destinations, depends on music to draw visitors and generates millions in spending and revenue as a result. So when the City decided to […]

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One Percent Sales Tax Earns Myrtle Beach +$25 Million for Tourism

One Percent Sales Tax Earns Myrtle Beach +$25 Million for Tourism

In 2011, TripAdvisor rated Myrtle Beach, South Carolina the number one beach destination in the US. Google rated Myrtle Beach number two for the summer 2011 — no doubt a sign of the Myrtle Beach area’s successful marketing and promotion campaigns. They have especially emphasized online marketing campaigns. These campaigns are financed by a “tourism […]

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To boost flagging economy, U.S. wants to import more shoppers

To boost flagging economy, U.S. wants to import more shoppers

In the Washington Post today, front page attention to a possible US Government push to make it easier for visitors to come to the US…and hopefully shop. While the article emphasizes the shopping potential, this is really about increasing international tourism to the US. “The United States has long imported its food and fuel, its […]

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Tourism creates jobs – with more tourism!

Tourism creates jobs – with more tourism!

In the US, the Labor Day holiday was this past Monday, a time to ponder the high unemployment rate and sigh over the sad fact that no jobs were added in August — zero! This summer, though, Fortune magazine, The Atlantic and the Washington Post pointed to tourism as a path to job growth. Hmm…more […]

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Tourism strategy changes after shuttle | Orlando Business Journal

Tourism strategy changes after shuttle | Orlando Business Journal

Tourism experts have no doubt the loss of shuttle launches will reduce the number of visitors to the Space Coast. Shuttle launches typically draw 250,000 people per event and roughly $4 million to $5 million in economic impact to the area. via Tourism strategy changes after shuttle | Orlando Business Journal. Link to this post!

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