United States secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, has confirmed the Statue of Liberty will close for a year to undergo refurbishments. The $27.25 million renovation – which includes long-planned safety and other critical facility renovations – will begin in late October.
Could there be light at the end of the tunnel for airline passengers? With authorities in the UK yesterday outlining proposals for more “passenger friendly” security screening, it was today the turn of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to detail its plans to implement risk-based, intelligence-driven security measures.
Hundreds of barrels of oil have leaked into the Yellowstone River in the United States after an ExxonMobil operated pipeline ruptured. As many as 1,000 barrels of oil are feared to have leaked into the river following the accident, which occurred downstream from Yellowstone national park, a major tourist attraction in the US.
Organisers of International Pow Wow estimate that hosting the influential travel convention in San Francisco will generate an extra $350 million from tourism for the city over the next three years. Around 3,500 exhibitors and 450 media attended this year’s event.
Travel leaders have begun the WTTC 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas by calling upon US policy-makers to undertake a review visa regulations in a bid to boost tourism, and in particular visitors from the BRIC economies.
The U.S. hotel industry posted increases in all three key performance measurements during October 2010, according to data from STR. In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy was up 6.9 percent to 61.3 percent. Average daily rate ended the month with a 1.2-percent increase to US$100.89. Revenue per available room for the month rose 8.2 percent to finish at US$61.89.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that for the first eight months of 2010, 40.2 million international visitors travelled to the United States, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2009. Spending reached $88.2 billion for the period.