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 starts.
  • 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 operating.
  • 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 dollar.
  • ASTA and ARTA agree on something -- but they disagree on what it is.
  • An airline doubles its commission level -- but it's Air Namibia.
  • 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 -- dot-airlinesrule.
  • Disney puts all its tour operator contracts into writing -- in Sanskrit.
  • 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.

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