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,
Low: A record 2,116 traditional, full-service travel agency
locations voluntarily shut down last year, an analysis of ARC
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
High: The euro makes its debut, ushering in a common currency
expected to benefit commerce in general and travel in
Low: California travel agencies and tour operators learn they
must ante up $103 each to supplement the state's consumer
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."