or those who've had enough gloom and doom, the travel industry's next generation offers rays of hope. The evidence can be found in the "40 Under 40" feature in the print issue of Travel Weekly's March 10 issue.

This is an impressive group of people, and judging from what we have learned of their careers and their aspirations, they're in this business for the long haul.

You're going to be reading some of these names over and over as the years roll on.

But not for a minute do we disparage the "over-40" crowd. In fact, it is a credit to our current and past leaders that this business continues to attract the caliber of people such as those we profile in this issue.

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Caribbean cooperation

udos to Caribbean tourism executives.

Working together with suppliers and governments, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association created a framework for maintaining consumer confidence and trade support in the event of war or terrorism.

That means assisting suppliers and governments in developing contingency plans for dealing with passengers whose vacations are threatened by the effects of war, terrorist acts or resulting disruptions in air service. It also means communicating these policies to agents and consumers.

The CTO and the CHA have a history of this kind of cooperation. In addition to assisting individual destinations after bad storms, such as Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 and Georges in 1998, each organization helps its member countries and member hotels to develop Ready Response Plans for the annual hurricane season. It is good to see them putting that experience to good use during the current season of uncertainty.

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Mr. Italy

e extend our condolences to the family and many friends of Mario Perillo, who died of cancer last week at the age of 76.

Mario Perillo understood as well as anybody the the burdens and obligations you assume when you put your own name on a business.

It was this understanding that brought Mario Perillo to become his own best spokesman before the microphones and TV cameras, making his frequent and impassioned appeals to potential visitors to his beloved Italy. For a long time his name will be known to millions of New Yorkers who've never been to Italy.

Perillo Tours began life as Joseph Perillo & Sons in 1945. In his brief biography on the company's Web site, Mario Perillo wrote, "when Dad retired, I decided to become Mr. Italy."

That he succeeded is beyond dispute.

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