1. Skift goes old school. The popular travel industry website Skift is launching a print magazine, scheduled for release in January.
2. Gasoline prices are continuing to fall. In much of the country, the price of gasoline is now below two dollars–and overall it’s down more than a dollar from last year.
3. AAA analysis says that lower gas prices will save consumers $75 billion this year. More money in our pockets means more money spent in our destination’s hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops.
4. American consumer confidence increased in December. The Conference Board reports that we’re feeling the improved job market and our sense of overall economic conditions haven’t been this high since February 2008.
5. Aloha record-breaking year. Hawaii’s tourism industry is reported to be on pace to beat last year’s record performance.
7. Hilton Head and San Francisco hit home runs. Our latest client and our fabulous hometown win a prestigious award.
8. The lodging sector outlook also feels good. Our friends at PKF have released their Lodging Insights: U.S. Lodging Industry Forecast for 2015. Take a watch.
9. It turns out the tourism industry worldwide is big. Really big. The World Travel and Tourism Council reports that the travel industry’s total contribution to the global economy rose to $6,990 billion, or 9.5% of the GDP. It is expected to jump up by 4.3% to $7,289 billion, or 9.6% of the GDP for 2014.