Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement commending members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for approving an important travel-related amendment to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, and specifically Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) for their leadership.
A4A said it expects U.S. airlines will carry close to 209 million passengers globally from June through August, an increase of 1 percent from the same period in 2012. The system-wide summer estimate includes 27 million international passengers, a record number for U.S. airlines.
Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion.
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The survey found that Canadians view the four national summer long weekends as an opportunity - or perhaps an excuse - to travel, with 66 per cent of respondents stating they take advantage of at least one long weekend over the summer to go on holiday.
Ticket transactions for the first four months of 2013 also remained flat at -0.61 percent over the same period in 2012 at 51.3 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 1.91 percent to 115.3 million compared to 117.5 million in the four months of 2012 and 116.5 million in 2011.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the Wednesday General Session keynote at the GBTA Convention 2013. The GBTA Convention 2013 will be held August 4-7, 2013, in San Diego, CA.