A train crash in West Virginia has seen the evacuation of two towns in the area. The train was carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil when it crashed in the south of the state, sending at least one of the carriages into the Kanawha River. At least 14 tankers are on fire following the incident, 30 miles south-east of Charleston.
Travel chaos has returned to the north-east of the United States after a huge winter storm moved up from the south of the country. The mammoth storm has affected people in over 22 states - from Texas to Maine - and caused at least 12 deaths so far.
A report from the United States department of justice has revealed terrorists on witness protection were allowed on board flights as their new identities were not added to the US no-fly list. The Witness Security Program, organised by the department, had failed to give the new names to the FBI-managed Terrorist Screening Center, the report concluded.
American president Barack Obama has outlined a series of initiatives designed to boost international visitor numbers to the United States. Included in the measures were plans to expand the Global Entry System, which makes it easier for frequent visitors to cross borders, and expand the number of nations whose citizens could enter the country without a visa.
American citizens in Thailand have been warned terrorists may be looking to conduct attacks against tourist in Bangkok in the “near future”. Those in the area are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.
United States transportation secretary Ray LaHood has announced 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the TIGER program. The announcement comes ahead of schedule and will allow communities to move forward with job-creating infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port and rail expansions; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The organisation responsible for marketing the United States to world visitors has unveiled Brand USA, America’s first-ever global consumer brand. Formerly known as the Corporation for Travel Promotion, but now doing business as Brand USA, the group introduced its global brand positioning and strategy before an international audience of travel professionals and destinations in London.
Residents on the east coast of the United States have been left celebrating Halloween in darkness after an unseasonable snowstorm swept across the region leaving a trail of devastation. Areas of Massachusetts recorded nearly 70cm of snowfall in a single day, with at least nine people feared dead.
Legislators in the United States House of Representatives have passed a bill temporarily renewing aviation construction funding. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) was forced to issue a series of ‘stop work’ orders in July following a disagreement over funding.
British travellers in the United States have been warned by the Foreign & Commonwealth office to expect delays as the county continues to battle the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The storm made landfall over the weekend, with two states earlier declared disaster areas by president Barack Obama.
SIM Partners, a full-service digital marketing agency and leading developer of mobile apps for destination marketing organizations, has announced the launch of “Enjoy Illinois,” the official travel app of the Illinois Office of Tourism.