Travel Dollars 2011

  • Suitcase on bed in hotel room.

    The American economy has lost out on a half trillion dollars in travel and tourism after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, led to tighter visa requirements for many foreigners.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    March figures show that gaming revenue on the Las Vegas Strip rose 13 percent from a year ago.  Now the city that brought you "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" is launching a new campaign: "Life is Short, Summer is Shorter."

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    Ecotravel has gone from luxury to the low end, and everywhere in between.

  • Travelers will book one-third of their travel plans online by the end of next year.  But online travel pioneer Orbitz expects to see competitors as some airlines try to cut out the online middleman.

  • Aerial Photo of Branson Airport near Branson Missouri.

    The lack of a free market for U.S. airports has many industry  analysts calling for a dramatic change—deregulation. But one recent attempt for privatization  failed,  leaving the concept up in the air.

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    High energy prices, expensive air fares, natural disasters, security concerns, high unemployment and a weak dollar may all keep Americans at home. The question is whether it literally means their own home.

  • Cuzco, Peru

    Like other parts of the travel industry, eco-tourism was hammered by the global recession but is on the comeback trail, as operators expand beyond its traditional high-end core.

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    Not only are hordes of internatonal tourists visiting the big name cities, a new generation of domestic travelers are discovering China's second- and third-tier cities.

  • Orbitz

    Everyone seems to be traveling these days and companies and consumers alike are using the Internet and social media more than ever.

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    After putting the kibosh on travel spending during much of the economic recession, Corporate America is back out on the road, but look for the best growth rates in emerging-market regions.

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    Whether you’re a leisure traveler or a corporate road warrior, you’ll find a wealth of mobile apps to help make your journeys more productive and enjoyable. The problem? There are about 350,000,

  • Passengers are pictured at Check-In desks at London's Heathrow airport.

    With literally billions of miles chasing a scarcity of cheap seats, complaints are rampant. Ever-changing fees, blackout dates and other restrictions are adding to the discontent.

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    The global travel industry is coming off of one of its worst downturns in history. Now, from corporate road warriors to families in minivans, people are on the move again. Check out our special report on the travel business.

  • Travel Dollars - A CNBC Special Report

    High gasoline and airline ticket prices may deter some Americans, but it may may be time to break from the austerity of recent years.

  • Travel Dollars - A CNBC Special Report

    With gasoline prices over $4 dollars a gallon in many states and pushing $5 in a few others, auto travel is much more expensive than a year ago.

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    Once again, Americans are being warned about travel abroad, but conditions in the U.S. may warrant concern as well.

  • Travel Dollars - A CNBC Special Report

    Some consumers have said enough is enough to repeated fare hikes  and are changing their plans.

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    Show us how much you know about the travel industry.

  • Summer is the time when the most Americans travel abroad. Some visit family and friends; others simply sightsee. Our neighbors Mexico and Canada are by far the most popular. The U.K. is a distinct third, while Germany, Italy and France are fairly close together in occupying spots 4-6. In all, the government tracks visitors to the top 38. Some travelers like to go to more exotic and far - flung destinations, very few of which make it onto that list. There's another travel list kept by the governm

    Summer is the time when the most Americans travel abroad. But US travelers should be aware of the State Department's list of countries carrying a travel warning. Learn more.

  • Beach

    The summer season is almost here and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), estimates that an average 2.4 million people will fly every day this summer. Could investors benefit from an increase in travel demand?

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