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TRO Travelgram: July 5



Thursday, July 5
The future of Mexico tourism
The vote last weekend that anointed movie-idol-handsome Enrique Peña Nieto as Mexico's president-elect may have been the first Mexican election that U.S. travelers have watched... San Francisco Chronicle

Fans of Romania farm tourism
Here, in the small 13th century town of Saschiz, life has all but stood still. With its UNESCO heritage site of a Saxon fortified church, wolves and bears roaming the woods... Yahoo Travel News

The USA's best free attractions
America is the land of the free—and that applies to many of the country's star attractions as well. Make the most of your summer by visiting these famous spots around the United States; you won't have to pay a penny to do it... USA Today

Missouri's Ozark Scenic 
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways in southeast Missouri is home to hundreds of caves, miles of trails and rare wildlife, but it is recreation on the rivers that draws guests to the park... USA Today

Spirit of Mayberry - and Andy Griffith - endures in Mount Airy, N.C.
The Blue Ridge community of Mount Airy, N.C. never forgot Andy Griffith - and when the actor died this week at 86... USA Today

Tours and Activities
Click Here for an Offbeat Experience
A NEW generation of travel-sharing Web sites matches travelers with knowledgeable locals for offbeat, authentic and mostly very economical experiences — across the globe or across town... New York Times

Go 3-D at the new 'Despicable Me' ride at Universal Orlando
A 3-D ride/interactive experience in Orlando that opened Monday is based on the hit movie Despicable Me — in which villain Gru tries to steal the moon and adopts three girls from an orphanage to help him... USA Today

On Crystal Cruises: Fit For A Teen?
My 15-year-old son Alex and I are in windy Mykonos (hence, the many windmills here). The Greek isle was one of Crystal Serenity’s first ports of call on the 12-night sailing ... USA Today

Thousands turn out to see historic cruise ship meet-up
Every vessel of the city-based P&O Cruises' fleet was lined up along the waterfront in a unique occasion to mark the shipping line's 175th anniversary... USA Today

Airline seat capacity outlook good for Hawaii
The Hawaii Tourism Authority anticipates airline seat capacity to the islands to exceed peak 2007 levels...

Judge rules JetBlue pilot not guilty by reason of insanity
he JetBlue pilot who forced an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas, in March after he ran through the cabin screaming about Jesus and al-Qaeda has been found not guilty by reason of insanity... USA Today

How to get the best hotel rates (video)
Guests on the Today Show discuss how to obtain good hotel rates...

Harrods owners eye New York, Paris for luxury hotels
The owner of the world-famous luxury store recently revealed plans to open luxury hotels bearing the Harrods name in cities including New York... USA Today

Other and Odd
Route 66 still holds allure for travelers
Its hold on travelers' imaginations has revived motels, diners, souvenir shops, gas stations and other buildings along the old route...

The Shard: divisive new star of the London skyline
Twelve years after it was first sketched out, London's Shard tower will be inaugurated on Thursday to great fanfare -- but Europe's tallest skyscraper has won as many critics as it has admirers...Yahoo Travel News

Amid GPS boom, nostalgia finds a place
Websites like MapQuest and Google Maps simplified trip planning. Affordable GPS devices and built-in navigation on smartphones downright transformed it... Yahoo Travel News

365 Guide Tip for the Day
Brainstorming for Travel Agencies – Peer Groups, Trade Shows and other Markets
Immersing yourself in the culture of travel is a good way to provide the right side of your brain with creative fodder for brainstorming...Travel Research Online

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