With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Washington, D.C. To Experience A 222 Percent Daily Increase In Visitors On Days Surrounding The 2017 Presidential Inauguration
Washington, D.C. will experience on average a 222 percent daily increase of travelers on and around the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, according to an analysis of travelers’ booking intent by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance. The findings showed that more than 114,000 people will travel to D.C. on January 18 (10,833 people), 19 (27,874 people), 20 (56,933 people) and 21 (18,445 people), according to analysis of customers searching for travel from Election Day (November 8) through December 8, 2016 to Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Union Station train station. See the full release for more findings.
First Ever ‘America’s LGBT Economy’ Report Suggests LGBT Businesses Add $1.7 Trillion to U.S. Economy
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, has released the first-ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. The “America’s LGBT Economy” report explores the revenues, types, sizes, and geography of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by the NGLCC, as well as the number of jobs they create and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. See the full release to learn more about the economic impact of LGBT people.
Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures. See the full release to learn more about Earth’s rising temperature.
Toys”R”Us Inc. on Jan. 17 reported a same-store sales decrease of 2.5% domestically and 4.9% internationally, for a consolidated 3.4% decrease for the nine-week period ended Dec. 31, 2016. “The 2016 holiday season proved to be an unusual and challenging one for most retailers. Despite a promising start over the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, we experienced lower than expected sales in the toy category overall and continued softness in our baby business. The loss of momentum in the toy category triggered intense promotional activity from our competitors, creating a significant competitive challenge,” said Dave Brandon, chairman and chief executive officer of Toys”R”Us Inc. See the full release to learn more about the retailer’s shopping season.
In-Flight Turbulence: Expedia.com Airplane Etiquette Study Shows Seat-Kicking Edges Bad Parenting as Most Aggravating Behavior
Expedia.com released on Jan. 17 the results of the Airplane Etiquette Study, an examination of American conduct in mid-air. In particular, Airplane Etiquette identifies passenger behaviors that most infuriate fellow travelers. Out of all behaviors, including boozing, excessive chatting, undressing, and inattentive parenting, one earns the most fury: rear-seat kicking. The study solicited feedback from 1,005 Americans aged 18-plus. It was commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK, an independent global market research company. See the full release to learn more about bad behavior on airplanes.
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will participate in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the U.S. on Jan. 20. This marks the Marine Band’s 55th inaugural appearance, a tradition that dates back to Thomas Jefferson in 1801. The Marine Band provides music for the swearing-in ceremony, including “Hail to the Chief,” “America, the Beautiful,” and marches by the band’s legendary 17th Director John Philip Sousa. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the 99-piece Marine Band assumes its position in the parade procession to lead the second division down Pennsylvania Avenue. The band will conclude this momentous day with a performance at the Salute to the Armed Services Inaugural Ball. See the full release to learn more about the see the band’s history.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.