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TRO TravelGram - April 8



Friday, April 8
World's most underrated cities
Find authenticity in these destinations from Glasgow to Taipei to Detroit ...

San Luis Obispo: The happiest place in the USA
The Happiest Town in the Whole USA is surrounded by lush hills that at this time of year are so intensely green, they practically sparkle... CNN

An insider's guide to sunny Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful oceanfront town known for seven miles of sandy beach... CNN

36 Hours in Abu Dhabi
This city in the United Arab Emirates, untouched by the region's unrest, has been on a very high-end shopping spree... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Fine dining in rugged Big Bend National Park
On the banks of the Rio Grande where the river has carved steep canyons through the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert dozens of miles from any civilization, Chef Francois Maeder is whipping up white chocolate mousse... Yahoo Travel News

Six Flags park to feature new coaster, nursery
Visitors will find a new roller coaster and an animal nursery at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park this season... Yahoo Travel News

Events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
With the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, reenactments are planned at several key sites, including Bull Run, Shiloh and Gettysburg... LA Times

10 great places to take a library tour
Forget stereotypes about libraries. You're likely to find art exhibits, lounge chairs and free Wi-Fi... USA Today

Disney to sail between Seattle and Alaska in 2012
Disney Cruise Line will bring its floating theme parks to Seattle next year when it plans to launch seven-night roundtrip cruises to Alaska... Seattle Times

Cheers-Free Cruise? Royal Caribbean's All-You-Can-Drink Packages Suffer 
Royal Caribbean has confirmed to Cruise Critic that its new all-inclusive drinks packages, which debuted in March on three ships, have been suspended for one sailing on Independence of the Seas...

Celebrity Cruises to offer first cruises in Asia
Celebrity Cruises this week announced plans for its first season of voyages in Asia, to take place over the winter of 2012-13... USA Today

Older planes safe, but maybe less convenient 
Southwest incident shouldn't be cause for worries, experts say

United rolls out retro plane to celebrate anniversary
Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like a specially painted aircraft... USA Today

US Airways expanding first class to 110 regional jets
US Airways will add first-class seating to 110 of US Airways Express regional jets that previously had only economy seats... USA Today

Federal agent's gun found in restroom at Texas airport
A passenger using a public restroom at El Paso, Texas, International Airport found a bit of a surprise: a gun left behind by a federal agent... CNN

Marriott Plans India Hotel Expansion
Marriott International Inc. said it plans to introduce its Fairfield Inn brand in India, part of a broader move by midtier U.S. hotel brands to try to tap into the country's growing middle class... Wall Street Journal

Cleveland casino developers in deal for downtown hotel 
The developers of the Cleveland casino have secured an option to buy the nearby downtown Ritz-Carlton in a deal that wouldn't violate their original pledge to not build a hotel... Columbus Business

Yotel: High-style, low-priced hotel to open in NYC
Designed to be a radical change for travelers, London-based YOTEL will open its first hotel in the USA in New York on June 1... USA Today

Other and Odd
Go Ahead, Buy Some Happiness
Anyone who tells you money can't buy happiness is wrong...Travelhoppers

Will the French Veil Ban Hurt Tourism?
Starting 11 April, it will be illegal in France for any woman, citi
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