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June 14, 2012


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  • U.S. expands joint screening program to several countries
    The Department of Homeland Security is rapidly expanding a joint security program with other countries. The program focuses on screening travelers who are traveling to the U.S. American officials are currently advising security officials on screening in Madrid, Panama City, Tokyo, and Shannon, Ireland. “It’s a really big deal — it would be like us saying you can have foreign law enforcement operating in a U.S. facility with all the privileges given to law enforcement, but we are going to do it on your territory and on our rules,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “So you flip it around, and you realize it is a big deal for a country to agree to that. It is also an expensive proposition.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TSA workers at N.H. airport earn certificates through associate program
    Certificates of achievement in Homeland Security studies were awarded to six Transportation Security Administration employees at New Hampshire’s Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The employees earned the certificates through the TSA’s associate degree program. “TSA has partnered with community colleges to provide TSOs the opportunity to work toward a TSA Homeland Security certificate, or an associate degree in Homeland Security or a related field,” said TSA regional spokesman Ann Davis. “The associate degree program gives the TSA workforce the opportunity to work toward a certificate or degree at or near their home airport.” The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (6/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Airline passenger satisfaction is down from last year, says survey
    A survey by J.D. Power and Associates reveals a drop in passenger satisfaction with North American airlines. Although satisfaction had risen recently, it dropped this year to an average score of 681 on a 1,000-point scale, a two-point decrease from last year. Stuart Greif, a J.D. Power and Associates vice president, explains that airlines are caught in the difficult position of trying to balance customer desire for low prices, comfort and a high level of service with the economic challenges of recent years. USA TODAY (6/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report shows disparity in travel growth between Europe, U.S.
    Travel from Europe to the U.S. grew 5.6% in 2011 compared with the previous year, while travel from the U.S. to Europe rose about 3% from 2010, the most recent Trans-Atlantic Report shows. Tour operators in the U.S. confirmed the findings, saying that the negative economic news in Europe is discouraging Americans from traveling there. "Europe is not in the best of spotlights. Even with a big advertising or promotional campaign, you cannot undo bad news. … It’s not necessarily comforting to say there’s some instability," said Nico Zenner, president of Brendan Vacations. Travel Weekly (6/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Official affirms need for streamlined visa processing
    Peter Barlow, chairman of the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance, recently pointed out the opportunities in using technology to facilitate visa application procedures and thus promote global travel. "This remains a great opportunity — stimulating economic growth through tourism job creation," Barlow said. In this interview, Barlow also discussed the need for a global crisis communications platform to improve coordination between members of the tourism industry in case of unforeseen events. (6/14) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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