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Forest Service Moving Some Outfitted Use in Idaho to the National Reservation System

Results Available for Survey on the Outlook for the Outfitting Industry

High Flying Business Travel Takes a Hit as Companies Cancel Conferences

UK’s “Environment Czar” Proposes that the Government Limit Travel to Prevent CO2 Emissions

Forest Service Moving Some Outfitted Use in Idaho to the National Reservation System

To cut down on expenses for managing permits (purportedly), the Forest Service is moving use pools and possibly some other use by permitted river outfitters in Idaho to the National Reservation System.  We are still investigating the extent of this plan, but the Forest Service has a former river manager on detail with the National Reservation System and is reportedly working on a nationwide system.  There will be an additional costs and may require a valid credit card to pay for launch dates. How the system will work is uncertain, although the system is not expected to be implemented nationwide in 2009.  Use of the system is supposedly voluntary for National Forests.  The National Reservation System is currently used by the public to reserve campgrounds in federal and state Parks and Forests.  The system is also used in the Boundary Waters, where outfitters make the reservations on behalf of their clients from a common pool.  AOA has inquired about use of the system and will let you know as soon as we hear more.  The National Reservation System is run by Reserve America , which was recently acquired by The Active Network, which is an internet based reservation service for many state, local and federal agencies and nationwide networks.  A conglomerate of investors and venture capital firms back The Active Network.  For information on how Reserve America works with Federal agencies go to

Results Available for Survey on the Outlook for the Outfitting Industry

You can still submit your response to the survey on the Outlook for the 2009 Season by going to
To see the results thus far go to

High Flying Business Travel Takes a Hit as Companies Cancel Conferences

A number of banks, financial institutions and insurance companies are cancelling conferences and training seminars at locations that are “politically incorrect”. This month Wells Fargo cancelled a planned training meeting for agents at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  They will hold the meeting later in the year in Indianapolis.  State Farm Insurance cancelled an agents’ convention scheduled for Las Vegas that was expected to draw thousands.  A company spokesman said the insurance firm was not concerned about Las Vegas’ image as a party town but more concerned about the perception they were holding a convention. (Give me a break!).  In the last month, Las Vegas had 30,000 hotel room nights for conferences canceled at an estimated loss of $20 million to the city, according to the convention and visitors authority.  Merrill Lynch reportedly paid a $ 1 million penalty to cancel a brokers meeting at an unnamed resort.  Concerned that the trend is spreading and hurting the travel industry at the worst possible time, The US Travel Association provided destinations with a kit to use to battle the bad image given to business travel.  US Travel is also working to change provisions in the stimulus package that put limitations on corporate travel (meetings, events and incentives) by companies receiving federal assistance.  Some industry experts expect highly leveraged resorts to face bankruptcy before the turnaround.  Trump Resorts recently filed Chapter 11 for the third time.

UK’s “Environment Czar” Proposes that the Government Limit Travel to Prevent CO2 Emissions

In a move roundly condemned by British travel organizations, Adair Turner, chairman of the independent Committee on Climate Change that advises UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recently proposed rationing overseas air travel by British Citizens.  In remarks to Parliament's Environmental Audit Select Committee on Feb. 5th Turner said, "We will have to constrain demand in an absolute sense with people not allowed to make as many journeys as they could in an unconstrained manner.”

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