For most of us, turning the page on February is one of winter's delights, hinting of the delightful promise of spring, but before we madly follow our senses into March and beyond let's revisit the memorable travel events of the past month. To wit:

  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel announces it is phasing out many of its on-site travel offices.
  • In a worrying sign of the times, Iatan notes its list of agency employees dropped by 1% in 1999.
  • Carnival Corp. and Star Cruises, in a shocker, join forces to acquire control of Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • American plans to rip two rows of seats from its aircraft to provide more room for coach passengers.
  • National becomes the first U.S. airline to participate in the LatinPass mileage program.
  • Rebirth or agonizing reappraisal? Renaissance launches a trade ad blitz designed to win back agents.
  • The United Auto Workers agrees to buy a stake in start-up carrier Pro Air Inc. in return for a discount.
  • In another sign of the times, Preview Travel, the on-line agency, notes its gross bookings jumped 91% in 1999.
  • Passengers and crew perish when Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes in the Pacific off the California coast.
  • ASTA rides the rails with Amtrak in a joint promotion designed to drive business to travel agencies.
  • Northwest unveils systemwide business fares that eliminate the need for a Saturday-night stay but then scale them back a bit in the face of competition.
  • The National Tourism Association applauds new IRS rules governing the travel activities of nonprofits.
  • The Defense Dept. plans to allow agents to charge fees on its $3 billion travel management business.
  • Club Med enhances its North American presence by buying the Crested Butte (Colo.) Marriott Resort.
  • U.K.-based Airtours agrees to buy Travel Services International in a cash deal valued at $385 million.
  • United and Buy.com launch a full-service Web site featuring the carrier's discounted e-fares.
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