Congressman Peter Welch joins congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus

first_imgRep. Peter Welch announced today that he has joined the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, at the request of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council, to help promote the importance of the travel and tourism industry as a strong contributor to the overall economy. Vermont s tourism sector is a critical component of our state s economy and an essential source of jobs, said Rep. Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. With its bipartisan focus on expanding economic opportunities in the industry, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus will be a valuable ally for Vermont businesses and employees in the tourism sector.The latest available data shows that in 2007, visitors made an estimated 14.3 million person trips to Vermont for leisure, business or personal travel and direct spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.615 billion. In addition, visitor spending entirely supports an estimated 37,490 jobs for Vermonters (approximately 12% of all jobs in our state). We are extremely pleased that Congressman Welch will represent Vermont on the Travel and Tourism Caucus, said Vicky Tebbetts, Senior Vice President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council. This is an important step in promoting Vermont s vibrant travel and tourism industry and in helping others to realize the benefits that tourism brings to the overall economy.The mission of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus is to formulate national policy that promotes domestic and international travel for leisure, business, student, and medical.  Rep. Welch is one of nearly 100 members on the Caucus which has worked on the Travel Promotion Acts of 2007 and 2009, promoting the brand of America to the rest of the traveling world and increasing international travelers to the United States. Other accomplishments of the Caucus include hosting meetings with top US travel and tourism leaders, and supporting the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline extension, as well as offering a resolution in support of National Tourism Week.The US travel industry represents more than 16 million American workers and generates $1.8 trillion a year in economic activity. The economic benefit of travel and tourism extends to all 50 states and every congressional district, contributing more than $115 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal economies. Source: Vermont Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Optimizing capital: Challenges and opportunities for credit unions

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Serving customers and helping them achieve their financial goals are often identified by credit union executives as their organizations’ top objectives. Whether it is Wells Fargo (with $1.6 trillion in assets and thousands of employees) or tiny Oakwood State Bank in Texas (with $6.5 million and two employees), financial institutions understand the importance of customer and community service.At the same time, top executives and managers at credit unions know that customers cannot be served well if the financial institution is struggling to survive. As a result, growing profitably and mitigating risk are also core objectives at virtually every credit union, regardless of size.The challenge is that in order to meet these goals, institutions have to overcome an assortment of internal and external pressures that threaten growth and security. Some pressures are amplified by institutional processes and systems; others can disproportionately dominate executives’ time and attention. Identifying and acknowledging these pressures is critical to discovering solutions that help address larger goals of optimizing capital deployment, managing risk more effectively and fueling profitable growth – achievements that put the bank or credit union in the best position to serve customers. continue reading »last_img read more

Costa: I won’t change

first_img Press Association He continued: “I don’t pick tournaments to score, or rivals or other teams to score against. “I’m a striker, every game I play I want to score. If it hasn’t happened in the cup, I’m hoping to God it happens on Sunday.” Costa will be making his first appearance at Wembley but Jose Mourinho may also turn to Didier Drogba, who has scored eight goals in eight games at the national stadium. The Ivorian has only lost one Wembley final in his career – a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham in the 2008 League Cup final – and insists he is as hungry as ever. “It was a difficult one to take (in 2008) because I had only just returned from the African Nations Cup and it was only my second game back for Chelsea,” Drogba said. “We started well (Drogba scored Chelsea’s goal) but we lost to the better team, it was as simple as that. “Most of the time, when you win a cup final, it is because you are the better team on the day, and this time it was Tottenham’s day.” Drogba added: “Put me there on the pitch and you will see what it means to me. “Even if you do not start the game, or you have to come off the bench, it is hard to lose a final because you are still part of the team. “It can happen but I’ll try to avoid it and if I can make a difference, even if I am only on the pitch for two minutes, I will try to do it.” Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes he is already a victim of his own reputation in England but insists he will never change his aggressive style. Costa returned to domestic action against Burnley last weekend after serving a three-match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can. The combative forward maintains the altercation with Can was an innocent mistake but his first season at Stamford Bridge, which has included an impressive 18 goals, has been blighted by controversy. Costa, who is likely to start against Tottenham in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, admits he is a marked man now in this country but says he will be not holding back at Wembley. “I’m not going to change my way of playing,” Costa said. “I do know now that I have to be a little bit more careful because it’s not the same when I do something or when someone else does it. “Something I do, it’s talked about much more than another player. “I have to be extra careful but I’m never going to change the way I play. That’s what got me here, that’s the way I play.” Costa scored in Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat to Tottenham in January but the 26-year-old has not found the net in his last four matches and is yet to notch in any cup competition this season. “When I was at my best, I had that suspension [after Liverpool] that I still don’t even know why it happened,” he continued. “Now, I’m running a little bit behind, trying to do my best, working hard and hopefully I’ll be 100 per cent.” last_img read more

PSG Move: Neymar Storms Out of Barca Training

first_imgSuggestions that he might have weighty matters on his mind increased when Chinese travel agent Ctrip posted on its official Weibo account that it has had to cancel an event with Neymar because he is “busy with transfer business”.Ctrip said the event was scheduled for Shanghai next Monday and that anyone who had bought tickets would be refunded.PSG have reportedly held discussions with Barcelona about a transfer for the 25 year-old that would smash the world record £89 million Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Neymar’s buy-out clause was set at over €200 million but that does not appear to have deterred PSG, who are backed by Qatari finance and lost their French league title to AS Monaco last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazilian striker, Neymar stormed out of a Barcelona training session on Thursday as speculation mounted about a world-record move to Paris St Germain.A personal appearance in China next week was cancelled because he was said to be “busy with transfer business”.Pictures of Barca training in Miami for Saturday’s game against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Trophy showed Neymar having to be kept apart from teammate Nelson Semedo before removing his bib and stomping away from the session.last_img read more