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Today’s Top Story

Some not laughing at New Mexico’s tourism ads
New Mexico bills itself as “The Land of Enchantment.” But for weeks now, a contentious debate has raged among tourism officials here over a new state-financed advertising campaign aimed at attracting vacationers. (AP)

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What’s New On Tripso

Airline mergers: Here we go again
Airline merger talk is back in the headlines for another round of “Let’s Confuse the Public.” This time the candidates are Delta and United. What does the proposed merger mean for passengers and employees? James Wysong tells you what you need to know. (James Wysong)

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More travel news

Passenger rights gain support
Stronger legal protections for passengers on U.S. airlines are gaining momentum because of this year’s record flight delays and service meltdowns. (USA Today)

Colorado ski season off to slow start
Balmy and dry fall weather could put the Colorado ski industry’s two-year string of record snowrider numbers in danger, and most of the West isn’t in any better shape. (AP)

10 once in a lifetime hotel experiences
the luxury end of the U.S. hotel market is thriving. Construction of swank new hotels is seemingly relentless. And forecasts show that occupancy rates in the luxury market are projected to stay steady at 70 percent next year in the U.S., with the average luxury-room rate climbing a whopping 6.6 percent to $309, according to PKF Consulting, which analyzes the worldwide hotel industry. (Forbes)

Confessions of a guidebook writer
Let me pack you along for a day on the road to help demystify what goes into the making of a guidebook. (Tribune Media Services)

Older, white women join Kenya’s sex tourism
Hard figures are difficult to come by, but local people on the coast estimate that as many as one in five single women visiting from rich countries are in search of sex. (Reuters)

Today’s Travel Blogs

JetBlue turns to travel websites for booking
In the past, JetBlue sold most of its tickets through its website. But last year, the budget airline listed its fares on “global” distribution systems, which mainly serve travel agents. Now, JetBlue has gone all the way online; it started selling tickets on travel websites like Orbitz, Expedia, and Priceline. (Gadling)

‘We definitely feel we were ambushed by Royal Caribbean’
The latest round of fuel surcharges imposed on cruise passengers who have already paid for their tickets isn’t just morally wrong. It’s probably illegal, too. And at least one passenger has taken the fight against these surprise extras by a new level that could eventually help thousands of passengers get to cruise at the price they deserve. (Elliott.org)

Welcome to coach, the ‘ninth circle of hell’
Flying in coach is an exercise in frustration and discomfort. Given the airlines’ perception of their customers’ priorities, there’s no improvement in sight. (Smarter Travel)

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