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Today’s Top Story
Wildfires hurt California tourism
Along with damage to property, infrastructure and crops, the wildfires in California have hurt tourism. Popular tourist destinations, such as SeaWorld in San Diego and the Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido, were forced to shut down. (AP)
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What’s New On Tripso
The Internet: friend or foe?
Lately, the media has been touting the benefits of using the services of a traditional travel agent instead of booking your own dream trip online. Why the sudden shift? John Frenaye wonders: Could the Internet be less than it’s been cracked up to be? (John Frenaye)
From Tripso’s Forums: A recent discussion on touring Paris brought this response: “Although the sightseeing is fantastic… my best times were when I was living the city, not just visiting it.” Join the discussion.
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More travel news
US Airways profit is better than expected; Alaska Air also strong
Despite skyrocketing fuel prices, US Airways Group and Alaska Air Group swung to third-quarter profits as they flew fuller planes and kept costs in check. (AP)
Oil keeps rising, briefly tops $92 a barrel
Crude oil prices spiked above $92 a barrel in Asia Friday on growing tensions in the Middle East and renewed concern about oil supplies. (USA Today)
Freestyle cruising: Ships expand dining options
Traditionally, dinner on a cruise ship is set for a specific time at a table with the same people for the entire cruise. Usually there are at least a few nights where formal dress in the dining room is required. Now more cruise lines offer a variety of dining choices for those who want to skip the formal seating each night. (AP)
Philippine jet overshoots runway, some hurt
A Philippine Airlines aircraft overshot a runway while landing in a southern city early Friday, and several passengers and crew were hurt, the airline said. (AP)
Freaky flights: Should you greet the gremlin?
From spewing greed liquid to an x-rated peek, readers share their ‘flightmares’. (MSNBC.com)
A riverboat could be cruising to the end of the line
Without action from Congress, 2008 could be the last year for the Delta Queen, the country’s last original paddle-wheeled, steam-driven, overnight passenger boat. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Today’s Travel Blogs
What do you do with a naked sleepwalker?
Hand him (it’s usually a him) a towel, according to new directives issued to Travelodge night desk staff in the United Kingdom. (Hotel Hotsheet)
Delta masters the art of cut-and-paste customer service
So does Delta Air Lines allow peripheral computing devices onboard or not? I asked that question in a previous blog posting. Asked Delta. Asked the Transportation Security Adminstration. Asked you, too. And at least one of you put the question to Delta, too. Its answer — or should I say, its non-answer — says something about the airline’s attitude toward customers. (Elliott.org)
What to do if you’re affected by the Air France strike
Air France is preparing for a strike by its cabin crews from October 25 through October 29. Affected customers have a number of alternatives though. (Smarter Travel)
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