More than 200 people attended Travel Industry Association's Connecting America Through Travel conference in Washington. The forum was co-chaired by Las Vegas CVA CEO Rossi Ralenkotter, former U.S. Travel chairman. The event focused on the condition of America’s travel infrastructure and how it affects the travel industry’s bottom line and its prospects for growth. Transportation delays are a major inconvenience that impacts the visitors’ experience and limits their spending. Details: www.travelindustry.org.
TSA behavioral screening at airports is little better than guessing and has wasted $1 billion since 2007, a Government Accountability Office report has found. The report found that the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, program, under which agents spot suspicious passengers and engage them in conversation, is not effective in screening potentially dangerous travelers. The SPOT program puts 3,000 behavior detection officers at 176 airports, and costs more than $200 million a year.
American Public Transportation Association, Washington, and European Rail Industry Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce ties. The agreement outlines a framework for cooperation and information exchange between the two associations. Details: www.apta.com.
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