U.S. to relax air travel restrictions


U.S. to relax air travel restrictions — The government is partially lifting its ban against carrying liquids and gels onto airliners, instituted after a plot to bomb jets flying into the United States was foiled, an administration official said Monday. (AP)

Tourism goes broadband — The same Internet that’s making so much of the world just a virtual click away is revolutionizing the way the US tourism industry entices people to come visit in person. (The Boston Globe)

The quiet season at national parks means discounts and elbow room — In the fall, the crowds begin to subside. Roads clear, animals come out of hiding and coveted rooms at lodges inside America’s most popular national parks open up. (The New York Times)

You’re covered if storms loom or the boss calls — Too many disclaimers in trip-cancellation plans make travelers wary. Now companies add ‘for-any-reason’ clauses. (The Los Angeles Times)

Oil prices dip below $60 per barrel — Oil prices fell below $60 a barrel Monday amid signs of growing petroleum inventories and after BP PLC said it had permission to restart the eastern half of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field. (AP)

Commerce secretary works to help tourism industry — As the federal government moves to secure American borders, the U.S. travel industry has enlisted an influential new lobbyist to press its case for protecting the lucrative international tourism market: Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. (National Journal)

Hey, who’s steering this ship? — The navigational heart of the ship is the bridge. With advanced technology and sophisticated computers, the bridges of today’s cruise ships are far more automated than in the past. (The Los Angles Times)

Footloose and boot free: barefoot hiking
— Those who hike barefoot say they go shoeless for a sense of communion with the earth and for the sheer pleasure of feeling more of the world with their feet. (The New York Times)

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