Gathered from a variety of sources, here's a collection of travel industry news, trends and miscellaneous news you might find useful.

Route 66 Corridor program now accepting grant applications

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is now taking applications for cost-share grants through March 29 for its 2013 season.

Looking Ahead to Next Year's Travel Forecasts

As 2012 winds down, industry groups and analysts are turning their attention to what meeting professionals and business travelers can expect next year.

Outlook Bright for Hotel Industry

The U.S. lodging industry continues the extremely healthy upward trend it began in the second quarter of 2010, with ongoing gains in all the major business measurements: lodging demand, occupancy, average daily rate (ADR), and revenue per available room (RevPAR), said PKF Hospitality Research.

A Forecast of the Meetings Industry in 2013

Prognosticators for M&C's annual forecast really had their work cut out for them this year, their efforts further complicated by the U.S. elections and continuing economic uncertainty. Just how the Obama administration and Congress deal with the "fiscal cliff" likely will affect the industry as a whole.

U.S. Travel Association Launches Grassroots ‘Blitz’

The U.S. Travel Association has announced Travel Blitz, a 2013 grassroots advocacy program designed to illustrate and maximize the power of the $1.9 trillion travel industry—and its 14.4 million-strong workforce—to Members of Congress.

Golf Meetings Mean Business

While an increasing number of attendees may prefer a visit to the spa when out of session, golf remains important as a relationship-builder and team-building tool for groups.

Investing in Tech

It’s not surprising that in the second decade of the 21st century, technology is a prime driver in determining the kinds of features new and renovated hotels and conference centers are providing their guests.