Thanks to Floyd and Gert, September will be remembered as wet and wild, with many sodden communities and travel destinations still drying out from downpours of biblical proportions.

As for weatherproof trade news last month, fold up your umbrella and consider the following:

  • Two Norwegian Dream passengers file a class action lawsuit charging the line with negligence over a collision with a cargo ship in the English Channel.
  • Northwest and American West buy stakes in GetThere.com, a developer of Web booking applications.
  • Navigant agrees to acquire First Travelcorp., one of the largest agencies in the southeast U.S.
  • The Defense Department rejects trade requests for fee-based pricing.
  • British Airways buys into Rosenbluth Interactive and then announces an agreement with Travelocity.com.
  • A massive earthquake rocks Greece but spares its tourism infrastructure and archaeological sites.
  • Expedia.com adds Hotel Price Matcher to its site.
  • Hilton Hotels purchases Promus Hotel Corp. for about $4 billion in cash and stock.
  • Amtrak postpones the debut until next spring of Acela, its high-speed service.
  • Eastwind Air, the Trenton, N.J.-based low-cost carrier, suspends service.
  • The Senate OKs two pro-consumer amendments to a transportation appropriations bill.
  • Kemwel announces plans to promote travel agents in an ad campaign.
  • Global Vacations group opens an auction site and joins the new FairMarket auction network.
  • KLM says it will launch buzz, a low-fair airline unit to be based at London's Stansted Airport.
  • Carnival cancels six Tropicale cruises after a fire damages the ship's engine room.
  • American Express predicts 2% to 3% rise in business expenses in 2000.
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