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In the October 20, 2010 issue
Mexico: Travelers Come Back, Perception Challenges Remain
International Travel Up for Six Months Straight; Airfare Goes Up, Too
How Meeting Around the World Can Change the World
Global Hotel Sentiment—and Reality
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Mexico: Travelers Come Back, Perception Challenges Remain

By Alison Hall

Hotel occupancy in Mexico was up 10 percent through August 2010, according to STR Global, while the number of international tourist arrivals to Mexico was up 27.5 percent in July 2010 as compared to July 2009. That’s the good news. The bad news is that continued violence related to the drug trade in parts of Mexico is affecting the whole of the country when it comes to meeting and incentive programs. Meeting and incentive suppliers south of the border are working hard to send the message that the violence—and the travel warnings—are in regions that are as far from incentive resorts as Atlanta from Boston. Check the map—and the details.


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International Travel Up for Six Months Straight; Airfare Goes Up, Too

By Alison Hall

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that U.S. outbound air passenger traffic in June increased 11 percent compared to June 2009, marking the sixth month-over-month increase in outbound air travel. International airfare is up 8 percent compared to a year ago. We’ve got details on international destinations marking the biggest recent increases in U.S. arrivals.


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How Meeting Around the World Can Change the World

By Sue Pelletier

When the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers was formed by a group of high-level specialists from the largest academic and research-funded orthopedic centers in the world four years ago, it was a meeting that quickly became its centerpiece. Moving around the globe (from the U.S. to Switzerland to Italy to Chile so far), the gathering’s primary purpose is the sharing of best practices in orthopedics. Along the way, the international participants consider the economics, politics, and culture of the countries in which they meet, and how those local factors affect the delivery of services. Read more about how an international meeting is changing worldwide healthcare.


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Global Hotel Sentiment—and Reality

“We see an acceptance … that there are no quick fixes and that the upturn will be a long, hard road.” That was the assessment of Damien Little, director at global consultancy Horwath Hotel, Tourism and Leisure, when the company released its latest Global Hotel Market Sentiment Survey. The report revealed that hotel operators see positive movement but a lot of ground yet to regain. We’ve got numbers from STR Global, too, including who’s tops in occupancy right now.


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