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Today’s Top Story
Bigger than Vegas? That’s Macao’s bet
Thanks to China’s passion for gambling, Macao is on its way to becoming the global leader in the industry. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
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Labor Day air travel: how to survive
The end-of-summer travel season sits on the horizon, wiping the last sweaty drips of frustration from its brow. It’s the time of year that airline workers hope will pass quickly. Indeed, they look forward to Labor Day almost as much as beach-weary parents look forward to the first day of school. James Wysong reprises some tips for surviving the busy travel weekend. (James Wysong)
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More travel news
Airlines body bids farewell to paper tickets
The global airlines body IATA said on Monday it had placed its last order for paper tickets, clearing the way for air travel to be based entirely on electronic ticketing from June 1 next year. (Reuters)
Surfing protestors try to block new Hawaii ferry
A dozen surfing protestors temporarily blocked the first-ever passenger ferry service among the Hawaiian islands as it tried to complete its second voyage, saying the craft could harm marine life. (AP)
Hard Rock theme park to open in ’08 in Myrtle Beach
Hard Rock Park, which calls itself the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll theme park, is under construction in Myrtle Beach, and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. (AP)
Parks slowly becoming more wheelchair-accessible
A new trail that opened earlier this summer in Vermont’s Green Mountains is the state’s third wheelchair-accessible trail. Similar efforts are underway elsewhere — including a new online resource that’s being created by the National Park Service to list trails, activities and other experiences that are accessible. (AP)
From Maui dive shop to tourist hot spot
It started as a simple dive shop in 1958, taking tourists and locals on scuba tours in the Pacific Ocean off Maui. But a year after opening for business, Maui Divers workers found what resembled a black bush in deep waters off the Molokai Channel. The black bush turned out to be black coral, and the dive shop turned into Hawaii’s largest jewelry retailer. (AP)
Today’s Travel Blogs
Should Baldanza step down as Spirit’s CEO
Now that the Spirit Airlines email-gate incident seems to be turning into a full-blown scandal, it is time to ask a question that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue: Should Ben Baldanza step down as the airline’s chief executive? (Elliott.org)
Hot Vatican Airlines photos
Bet that is a headline you never thought you would read. Thanks to CNN we finally got a peek inside the new Vatican Airlines charter flights, which are operated by Italy’s mostly cargo airline Mistral. What struck us was not the blue and yellow Vatican colors, or the numerous pilgrimage bound priests on board — but how about those flight attendants? They do not look, or dress like nuns, do they? (Jaunted)
It’s happy hour somewhere
Are you thirsty? Looking for a cheap beverage? Likewise for some cheap food? Mappy Hour can help you out! (Fly Away CafÃ©)
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