Assuming Y2K did not leave us all deaf, dumb and blind, with our digital memory cells harboring insufficient data subsequent to the Belle Epoque, we hasten to review the events of December 1999 insofar as they affected the travel industry. To wit:

  • A political agreement in Northern Ireland buoys hopes for tourism in the region.
  • Far & Wide Travel Corp. acquires Grand European Tours, a consumer-direct tour operator.
  • An agency owner in Wilmington, N.C., files a class-action suit against 11 commission-cutting airlines.
  • Lowestfare.com buys air ticket consolidator Jetset Travel, North America, a Net travel service.
  • Renaissance Travel Solutions, which ran Adventure Vacations and some airline vacation brands, closes.
  • Aer Lingus becomes the smallest member of the oneworld airline alliance.
  • Graeme Clarke is named chief executive officer of TravelnStore, parent of the proposed World Key Agency Group.
  • Mexico suspends a new requirement mandating a deposit on U.S.-registered cars entering the country.
  • ARC maintains its annual fee of $150 per location and raises its ticket requisition fees as interim steps.
  • Disney launches a seven-day cruise-only product and unveils a tiered override program paying up to 16%.
  • Travelocity.com and Preview Travel form a marketing alliance with Priceline.com to sell air tickets.
  • East Coast agents set a Day of Awareness for Jan. 13.
  • Galileo signs a five-year deal to remain host of United's internal reservations system.
  • After much back and forth, Carnival drops its bid for NCL, and Star Cruises launches a $1.9 billion takeover bid.
  • ARC figures indicate that the domestic pay rate slumped to 4.50% in November, the lowest since 1958.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line decides to reposition the Norwegian Sea from Houston to Miami in 2001.
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