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Irish tourism officials have contracted with a company to provide a reservations system for tour products, and trade groups are rattled by the plan, saying it would bypass U.S. operators and retailers. Ireland seems to be taking a cue from California here, no? Next thing you know, those who sell travel to Irish consumers will be required to register and pay into a restitution fund.

Southwest will debut in the New York market in March, with service at MacArthur Airport in Islip on Long Island. The carrier itself is downplaying the potential impact on the major New York City airports, but... anybody see that "Godzilla" movie a while back, where the giant lizard makes a nest under Madison Square Garden? That's the image that's coming to mind.

From the sunny side of the Lido Deck: If I ever have to be evacuated from a ship, may it be in St. Maarten.

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