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After New York Attack, Congress Wants TSA to Secure Amtrak, Buses


The U.S. Transportation Security Administration tends to inspire intense reactions among the traveling public. It’s a bureaucracy that interacts with millions of passengers each day, requiring their shoes, jackets, laptops – and time. Virtually all this occurs at airports, with about 80% of the agency’s $7.4 billion budget spent on aviation security. Only 2% of the TSA’s funding goes to surface transportation – and Congress is looking to change that. READ MORE

IRS Posts New Per Diem Rates for Taxpayers Who Travel for Business


Business travelers have a lot of expenses to keep up with from hotels to taxis to dining. To keep things a bit simpler, IRS allows the use of per diem rates. Per diem rates are the equivalent of a fixed amount paid to employees to compensate for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses incurred when traveling on business rather than using actual expenses. Every year, rates are updated to reflect cost of living adjustments. New per-diem numbers are now out, effective October 1, 2016. READ MORE

Travel Marketers Should Follow the Data on Millennials, Not Stereotypes


Traveler stereotypes are a “plague” and will only prevent marketers from reaching their desired audiences, and following hard data will yield better results than giving in to easy clichés perpetuated by the media. Those are the views of Clayton Reid, CEO of MMGY Global, who addressed these themes at the Skift Global Forum at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Tuesday. “Start thinking about micro-segments,” said Reid. “You have to dig deeper beyond what those stereotypes are.” READ MORE

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Florida Battles Zika as Some Travelers Reconsider Winter Plans


As parts of Florida work to fight against the spread of Zika, fear of the virus is making some travelers reconsider winter plans. The number of Americans looking to travel to Florida during the state’s peak tourism season (from November to April) fell 15% after the discovery of locally-transmitted Zika virus, according to travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance. READ MORE

The Future of Social Media Marketing


The future of social media marketing looks bright. And tomorrow's social media-savvy travel agent is learning how to incorporate new tools such as Instagram Stories, live video streaming and 360-degree photos to benefit his or her travel business. Travel professionals need to be curious and willing to look around the corner to keep ahead of the competition. READ MORE

Clinton, Trump Bring Infrastructure Hopes to White House


Whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House next year, one thing is certain: Infrastructure spending is going to be on the agenda. Transportation advocates say they are more encouraged than ever, as both candidates have called for making massive investments in fixing the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. READ MORE

Expedia, Priceline Founders Say Voice-Based Search Is the Next Frontier in Travel


Before 9/11 and the subsequent recession set back the pace of innovation in the online travel sector, the greatest minds of the era all expected one thing: Travelers would soon use voice commands to search and book for trips. It still hasn’t happened, but in a burgeoning era of artificial intelligence and chat bots, a revolutionary shift in how consumers book could be on the horizon. READ MORE

Fly-Along Companions Offer a Way for Older People to Travel


Whether it is older people on vacation or grandparents wanting to join their far-flung families for weddings and graduations, there is a growing number of seniors willing to travel but needing help moving through airport security lines, managing luggage and navigating busy terminals and bustling hotel lobbies. That’s where travel companions come in. READ MORE

Protect Your Frequent-Flier Miles from Theft


You track your bank account regularly and make sure there are no unauthorized charges on your credit cards. But when did you last check your frequent-flier accounts? Thieves are stealing miles and points and turning them into cash. READ MORE

3 Things for Startup Entrepreneurs to Remember When Leading a Team


Being a young leader of a startup company can be an interesting journey. Leadership often comes from years in the workforce, leading teams, while gradually growing in maturity, leadership skill, and management style. But when you have an idea as an entrepreneur and venture into the startup world, the learning curve for leaders can be quite steep, and often you’re forced to become a leader with no training, just a vision for your company where leadership is an add-on part of the deal. READ MORE