Business travelers are doing more on fewer trips, study says
Los Angeles Times
Although many signs point to a strengthening U.S. economy, the overwhelming sentiment in the business travel world remains doing more with less.
That attitude came across in a recent study that found many business travelers are staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making multiple trips.
Partly as a result, the estimated total number of trips in the U.S. dropped 22.7% from 2000 to 2011, but overall spending on business travel increased 3.3%, according to a study released last week by the Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group in Virginia.
Drought, falling tourism threaten Morocco economy
Morocco’s new Islamist government finally passed its 2012 budget last week — four months late — while outside parliament hundreds of unemployed protesters demanding government jobs clashed with police.
Long seen as a haven of stability and relative prosperity in North Africa, this close U.S. ally has a rough year ahead. Its budget is overstretched, its farm fields drought-stricken, its credit rating is wobbly, and economic crisis is hobbling its closest trading partners in Europe, even as protests by disgruntled Moroccans are on the rise.
Canadian-based Porter Airlines celebrates inaugural service from …
A Canadian-based airline is celebrating the inauguration of service at Dulles International Airport.
Porter Airlines on Monday begins four daily round-trip flights between Dulles and its home base at Toronto City Airport. The first flight is scheduled to arrive about 8:25 a.m
The airline was founded in 2006 and now has service to six U.S. cities.
Tourism bonanza over Songkran
The three-day Songkran festival is expected to generate at least 4.5 billion baht of tourism revenue in 13 provinces.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said the New Year celebrations have been very lively in every province.
TAT governor Suraphon Svetasreni said the festival draws many revellers, especially in 13 provinces where large-scale celebrations partially sponsored by the government are held.