ere at Travel Weekly, we
eagerly await the arrival of 2001, if only because everyone,
including the purists who count from year 1, will finally agree
that we have reached "The Millennium."
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We're also looking forward to some good news in 2001, but we
fear that, as always, the travel industry will be asked to take the
bad with the good. It seems that, for every bit of good news,
there's a downside. If 2001 turns out to be one of those "good
news/bad news" sort of years, it might shape up like this:Frank Del Rio finally stops apologizing -- but Bob Dickinson
Hilton agrees to pay 15% commissions -- but only to agents who
flunk Marriott's course.
The Concorde resumes service -- for AirTran.
Amtrak finally covers its operating costs -- by not
United's labor unions decide to stop sabotaging their own
company -- so they sell it to American.
All Premier claims are settled -- for five cents on the
ASTA and ARTA agree on something -- but they disagree on what
An airline doubles its commission level -- but it's Air
ARC charges all travel agents the same fee -- 10% of sales.
ARC creates a new agency category -- former.
The airlines get approval for a new Internet travel domain --
Disney puts all its tour operator contracts into writing -- in
Airlines improve their on-time rate to 90% -- by replacing
their clocks with calendars.
TWA finds a buyer -- but it's Carl Icahn again.
Orbitz finds a buyer -- but it's American Express.
We extend to all of our readers our best wishes for the holidays
and the new year.