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TRO TravelGram: March 16



Friday, March 16
Top places to see the Northern Lights
5 places to see the brightest Aurora displays... CNN

Dublin city break guide
Expert advice on how to make the most out of a trip to Ireland's capital... Telegraph (London)

Arab Spring: Where (Not) to Go Right Now
If you worry that political unrest could mar your visit to the Middle East, check out the status of Arab Spring destinations a year

36 Hours: Long Beach, Calif.
Long Beach may have a gritty reputation, but its rough edges have been smoothed in recent years with a downtown waterfront transformed by museums and ethnic enclaves... New York Times

Tours and Activities
A Gourmet Lunch You Can Afford in Paris
KGB, the bistro version of Ze Kitchen Galerie further down the street, is the current go-to resto for gourmet Parisians on a budget... Conde Nast Traveler

America's Best Wine Bars
Toast your next vacation at one of the country's top-flight wine bars... Travel and Leisure

St. Patrick's Day: Savannah, Ga., a true green spot in the South
When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, we know that Chicago and New York are big names... LA Times

Princess Cancels Two Cruises Due to Propulsion Issue
An issue with the propulsion motor on Caribbean Princess caused the ship to cut its most recent sailing short...

Helsinki cruise guide 
Does your cruise call at Helsinki? Follow this essential guide to Finland's capital city... Telegraph (London)

More new ships coming for Viking River Cruises
Just how big is the boom in river cruising in Europe? Big enough that Europe river cruise giant Viking is ordering six more new ships... USA Today

FAA: 'Safety culture' stresses solutions, not blame
It may seem counter-intuitive, but federal aviation officials said Wednesday they will make the skies safer for air travelers not by punishing FAA employees who report making mistakes, but by protecting them from punishment... CNN

Customers vent on United-Continental switchover
On March 3, United completed one of its biggest merger tasks: combining its website and reservation system with that of Continental's... USA Today

Where to find tip-top hotel room service
At these top hotels, fine dining is delivered right to your

Readers' top 10 hotel likes, pet peeves
Some of these findings may surprise you... USA Today

Hotels: Pedal a bike to charge your iPhone
Starwood gives fitness buffs the option of riding a bike to generate power... USA Today

Other and Odd
Washington Monument may be sinking, official says
The Washington Monument, which is slated for repairs after it was damaged in an earthquake last year, appears to be sinking... CNN

Strength in numbers for sober travelers
Heading out on a cruise or a ski trip can be intimidating for travelers working to stay sober... CNN

10 tasty fast foods you can't get in the USA
We think we're spoiled for choice in North America, with every kind of fast food we could possibly dream of easily available within driving distance. We are so wrong... USA Today

365 Guide Tip for the Day
Travel Agency Newsletters - Best Practices and Legalities
TRO has spent this week exploring the possibilities of well-crafted travel agency newsletters.... Travel Research Online


Today in History
Hugh Thompson, Jr. - An American Hero
Captain Hugh Thompson, Jr. was a United States Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War... Travel Research Online
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