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Travel Log: January 2004 Archives

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Best Western Rolls Out Free Internet Access

By September of 2004, Best Western will complete the implementation of high speed Internet access at all of its 2,300 hotels. Service will come in both hard wired and wireless form and will be free of charge. EyeForTravel reports.

Steve Hall | January 30, 2004 | News | Permanent link | Comments (0)

World66, New Travel Resource 'Wiki'


Loyal BizNetTravel Travel Log readers (who are you??) may remember back in August last year we noted a site called WikiTravel. A "wiki" is a strange kind of web site that lets visitors edit the content directly, updapte, correct and ammend text and pictureson web pages. It's the ultimate in the honest policy, but sometimes the results are quite impressive, like the Wikipedia, which is perhaps the best online encyclopedia, the collective work of thousands of volunteer editors.

Well, now there is another do-it-yourself travel guide site following this same model called World66. From what we've seen of it so far, it looks more interesting than WikiTravel. At least it's prettier to look at. There's already a lot of content there, plus they have some fun features such as MyWorld66, which lets you create a colored map of what U.S. states and countries of the world you have visited, which you can then cut and paste as a small amount of code into your own web site, if you have one, like this (which reflects my own world travels):

Bear in mind, the site is still in beta, so it may be a bit flaky in terms of server performance.

Rick Bruner | January 28, 2004 | Good Resources, Interact | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Winter Storms Cause Massive Travel Disruptions

Reuters photo of de-icing of a American Eagle commuter jet at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Winter storms on the East Coast and the Midwest are causing major headaches for travelers. Reuters reports that some 300 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare Airport alone. Travelers are advised to check with your travel agent or airlines before heading out the airport (USA Today's delays page may also be useful). Google News points to additional coverage of this developing story.

Rick Bruner | January 27, 2004 | News | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Milan Returns to Hedonistic Roots

After a period of less than popular status as jailed politicians and corrupt politicians overshawdowed Milan's hedonistic past, the city has returned to its former glory. With Leonard's "Last Supper," the Brera Museum and La Scala as draws, the International Herald Tribune reports Milan now has 9 million visitors a year staying in new or recently renovated hotels.

Steve Hall | January 27, 2004 | Featured Destinations | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Cold Mountain The Place, Not the Movie

If you saw the Renee Zellweger, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman move, "Cold Mountain" which follows Law's trip from the front lines back to his beloved wife, Ada (Kidman), you might be interested in the profile of the real Cold Mountain. The movie was filmed in Romania but North Carolina's Cold Mountain is a region filled with Confedarate history and worth a visit. CNN provides a hint of what you can expect.

Steve Hall | January 26, 2004 | Featured Destinations | Permanent link | Comments (1)

Soak in Desert and Stars in Tucson, AZ


My mom lives in Tucson, so I can attest what a beautiful place it is, indeed. Right about now, going into our third week of 20-degree temperatures in NYC, Tucson sounds especially appealing. Right on time, therefore, this New York Times travel profile extoles the wonders of the place, from its reknowned Kitt Peak National Obersvatory to the fantastic Desert Museum, the Kartchner Caverns and more. The piece includes a nice narrated slide show.

Rick Bruner | January 26, 2004 | Featured Destinations | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Airlines Agree to Focus on Passenger Privacy

After recent public outrage following Northwest's and JetBlue's admissions of sharing passenger data with government investigators, airline officials met yesterday with the Homeland Security Department to agree on better guidelines for protecting consumer privacy. CNN reports.

Rick Bruner | January 23, 2004 | News | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Embrace the Cold at St. Paul's Winter Carnival


Minnesotans have the admirable quality of not complaining about their state's famously cold weather but rather embracing it. In no way is this more apparent than with St. Paul Winter Carnival, which runs through February 8. The centerpiece of the carnival is a fantastic ice castle, shown here in an AP photo, the first time organizers have built such a castle in 12 years. CNN reports.

Rick Bruner | January 23, 2004 | Featured Destinations | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Frontier and Ted Cap One-way Tickets at $300

Ted, the discount airline spin-off of United, has announced it will charge no more than $309 for last-minute purchases of non-stop, one-way flights. Denver's Frontier Airlines had announced the day before that it would likewise cap one-way tickets at $299. Denver Business Journal reports.

Andras Revesz | January 23, 2004 | News | Permanent link | Comments (0)

JetBlue Seeking La Guardia Slot

That would be welcome news for New Yorkers: getting the friendly discount airline JetBlue access to the city's most convenient airport. NY Times reports.

Andras Revesz | January 23, 2004 | News | Permanent link | Comments (0)


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