If you look in the rearview mirror, that's January you will see quickly receding from view. Before it fades completely from sight, here are a few of the month's highs and lows to jot down in your travel news diary:

High: A coalition of travel agents and community and consumer groups forms to lobby the government on consumer-related, air-competition issues.

Low: A record 2,116 traditional, full-service travel agency locations voluntarily shut down last year, an analysis of ARC figures reveals.

High: Radisson Seven Seas Cruises announces plans to build a 720-passenger, all-suite vessel for delivery in February 2002.

Low: Snow, ice and rain -- one or all, depending upon where you live -- foul up travel over the New Year's weekend.

High: California police nab two suspects in a series of armed robberies of Los Angeles-area travel agencies.

Low: Royal Caribbean scuttles three more sailings of its Monarch of the Seas, bringing the total number of canceled voyages to 11.

High: The euro makes its debut, ushering in a common currency expected to benefit commerce in general and travel in particular.

Low: California travel agencies and tour operators learn they must ante up $103 each to supplement the state's consumer restitution fund.

High: A firm headed by Peter and John Ueberroth reveals plans to purchase the airline-owned SatoTravel.

Low: ARC says it will impose a minimum charge of 70 cents to process agents' service fees of $20 or less.

High: Bruce Nierenberg announces his return to Premier Cruises, the line he cofounded in 1983.

Low: Delta imposes a $1 surcharge on every published domestic fare component not booked through its SkyLinks Web site.

High: Delta withdraws the surcharge almost two weeks later, citing "competitive reasons."

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