The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
November 16, 2011
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Travel & Tourism College Changes for 2012
New Location, Schedule Change, and Partial Scholarships
Travel & Tourism College is moving to Texas Woman's University in Denton this year and will be Monday-Friday, June 18-22.  The schedule is still being planned for these days and will differ slightly from the two previous years to accommodate starting on Monday at 11:00 am rather than on Sunday.
Partial Scholarships may be available.   To be considered for a partial scholarship, please submit this application.
Visa Reform for Travel to U.S. Finds New Champion 
The U.S. Travel Association has provided information that shows it can take more than 140 days for travelers to obtain a visa to visit the U.S. from such countries as Brazil and China.  
As David Teel mentioned in special alerts sent last week, the U.S. Travel Association has been working diligently to bring this issue to light and TTIA has been supporting their efforts. A report on ABC World News illustrated the difficulty faced by travelers in trying to obtain a visa to enter the U.S.  In some cases, it can take more than 6 months just to get an interview at the U.S. Consulates in some countries.
The Visa Reform issue has found a new champion in the President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.


On Monday, November 14th, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, wrote an Opinion Editorial for in which he discusses the American jobs that could be created by reforming the Visa Program and allowing these high-spending travelers to visit the U.S. in a more timely manner.  To read the entire Op-Ed, click here.
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Member News
TTIA Dues Invoices now going out via email.  If you do not wish to receive your dues invoice via email, please contact Scott Owings to make other arrangements.
Outdoor Roadmap provides outdoor enthusiasts with incentives.  Find out how your organization can participate.
The Texas Tribune offers TTIA members a special discount. Find out more.
Historic Amarillo Building Wins State Design Award as a New Hotel.  Read all about it.
Experience King Tut!   The Westin Galleria is offering a great deal to see the exhibition now through April 15th in Houston.  Find out more.
If your organization has news to share - awards, staff changes, special offers, hosting a big industry event, etc - send the information to Janice Langlinais at and we'll try to include it in an upcoming newsletter.



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