In basketball circles they call it March Madness. In the travel
biz, it is pretty much the same thing.
Follow the bouncing ball, then, as we revisit the mad -- and the
glad -- tidings of the month of March:
Mad:A proposal by the DOT would require agents
to disclose override arrangements.
Glad:Alan Fredericks, editorial vice president
of Cahners Travel Group and former editor in chief of Travel
Weekly, wins the American Business Press' Crain Award.
Mad:Martin Shugrue, who led the old and new Pan
Ams, dies at 58.
Glad:ASTA names William Maloney to succeed Dick
Knodt as executive vice president.
Mad:Eight tourists are murdered by Rwandan Hutu
rebels in Uganda's Bwindi National Park.
Glad:Amtrak rolls out plans to unveil Acela,
its high-speed rail service, later this year in the Northeast.
Mad:AeroPeru shuts down all international
service in order to reorganize under Peru's bankruptcy law.
Glad:Air Jamaica schedules twice-weekly nonstop
New York-Grenada service starting May 27.
Mad:The DOT sets July 13 as the day agents must
comply with new rules for disclosing airline code-share and
Glad:Agents post sales of nearly $6.24 billion
through ARC in February.
Mad:Royal Caribbean grounds Grandeur of the
Seas and Enchantment of the Seas for engine repairs.
Glad:America West reaches a tentative labor
agreement with its flight attendants.
Mad/Glad:FAA clips Kiwi's wings for safety
Glad:A Travel Weekly consumer survey shows that
leisure travelers believe the trade is the best place to go for
solving problems and evaluating alternatives.
Mad:Mexico says it will impose a 150 peso ($15)
visitor entry fee on July 1.