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TRO TravelGram: Dec 16



Friday, December 16
48 Hours: Cologne 
A winter visit to this fine city on the Rhine offers Christmas markets, hearty food and drink, and invigorating art... The Independent

A place in Germany
Villages of half-timbered houses huddle with their backs to the weather, medieval castles atop every hill... The Australian

Seeing two sides of El Salvador
Rick Steves goes off his usual European path to the Central American nation of El Salvador... Seattle Times

Destinations to watch in 2012
The world is big and the travel possibilities nearly endless... USA Today

Tours and Activities
Best national parks to visit during winter
There are a number of lesser known national parks that are gems in the winter, when crowds are down, stargazing is amazing and temperatures range from temperate to terrific...

New Year's Eve scare-fest: Zip-line at night on Catalina Island
For everyone who craves something new to do on New Year's Eve, think about this: a 45-mph zip-line ride in the dark... LA Times

10 great places to savor Buffalo wings
With college bowl season about to kick off, it's the perfect time for chicken wings... USA Today

Sky-high party: N.Y. leads rooftop hotel bar trend
If you track hotels in any city, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with the latest and greatest rooftop bars... USA Today

Mexico Loses More Cruise Calls Over Safety Concerns, Gains a Few Back in 2013
Citing concerns over safety and security, Holland America is cutting more cruise calls to Mexico's beleaguered west

Cruise ship review: The Carnival Freedom
Unveiled in 2007, the Carnival Freedom is based year-round in Fort Lauderdale and sails a variety of six-, seven- and eight-night itineraries to the Caribbean... USA Today

Carnival ship to host slasher film fest
What's billed as the first horror convention at sea will take place in April on a Carnival cruise ship... USA Today

Hotel chains like the Four Seasons to give room service a makeover
Four Seasons has announced a new in-room menu designed for travelers who are tight for time ... Misc

Finding Unique, Affordable Europe Lodging
Quirky, off-the-beaten-path places to stay...

Another NYC hotel to close for major makeover
In Manhattan, the St Giles Hotel New York will close its Tuscany building temporarily starting on Feb. 11, 2012 for a major renovation... USA Today

Other and Odd
Plan tightening Cuba travel dropped from budget bill 
The Cuba issue was one of the last hurdles blocking consideration of the government spending bill ... Miami Herald

Study: Travelers spend more to fly, less to sleep
Travelers increasingly are splurging in the air and scrimping on the ground... USA Today

365 Guide Tip for the Day
A 2012 Marketing Plan - Social Media
My opinion of social marketing has not deviated a great deal since I first looked at the potential of Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media as marketing channels for travel agents... Travel Research Online

Today in History
The Boston Tea Party
Smugglers in Boston were making good money by-passing British tax laws in the late 1700s... Travel Research Online


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