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TRO Travelgram: July 27



Friday, July 27
London as a local: 10 tips for Olympic survival
Looking like a tourist can cost you money and pride. Here's how to see the English capital like a true Brit ... CNN

Seattle, beyond the usual tourist haunts
Summer in Seattle means going out and having fun. Here are 21 options to get a taste of the city, including kayaking, regattas, a salmon ladder and a concrete troll... LA Times

36 Hours in Toronto
Canada's largest city swirls together a vibrant mix of markets, music, museums and more. And summer might just be the best time to visit... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Best Civil War sites
No matter how compelling a Ken Burns documentary can be, nothing beats standing on a Civil War battlefield for bearing witness to those four bloody years...

London's coolest new attractions
As Western Europe's most populated and dynamic city, the British capital isn't short on diversions. London's intoxicating world beat plays out across cobbled alleyways, leafy parks and gilded avenues oozing with history...

10 great places for hands-on music making
Even if you can't carry at tune, there's still a musician inside you, says Joe Lamond. The head of the National Association of Music Merchants says he watches people discover their rhythm every day at the hands-on museum his group runs in Carlsbad, California...USA Today

10 common cruise myths -- debunked
We challenged prevailing cruise wisdom and found that some basic beliefs — when to book, where to get the best deals, when to tip — don't always hold up...

Another Whodunit mystery cruise on tap for Halloween
California-based Whodunit Cruises is organizing another mystery-themed group sailing on a cruise ship for Halloween... USA Today

A new ship for Royal Caribbean? CEO hints an order is coming
Could a new ship be on the way for Royal Caribbean or sister line Celebrity Cruises? The top executive of the parent company of the brands hinted as much on Thursday during a conference call with Wall Street analysts... USA Today

United: 767 upgrades underway, Economy Plus growing
United says it has rolled out "the first of 14 newly reconfigured two-cabin Boeing 767-300 aircraft, converting the fleet from domestic to international configuration. The aircraft now offers United BusinessFirst and an upgraded Economy cabin."... USA Today

'Messy' integration process hurts profits at United Airlines
"No one ever said that putting United and Continental together would be easy." That's how The Associated Press leads off its story today about United's second-quarter earnings, which sank 37%...USA Today

Delta Air Lines to shut down Comair regional unit
Delta Air Lines is pulling the plug on its Comair regional subsidiary. Delta made the announcement this morning, saying Comair will cease operations after Sept. 29... USA Today

Cheap hotel war as funky upstarts take on chains
Funky new hotel chains are waging a war on the Europe's established budget hotels.... Sydney Morning Herald 

Mount Rushmore-area motels fined for violating visa program
Four motels in western South Dakota's Black Hills will have to pay almost $300,000 in fines and back wages to temporary foreign workers for violating the terms of a special visa program, according to reports... USA Today

London is calling and U.S. hotels have responded
A number of hotels across the country are providing Olympic-themed drinks, events and deals from July 27 to Aug. 12... USA Today

Other and Odd
Disgusting: why do we behave so badly in hotels?
What is it about hotels that makes us all go so bizarrely and baroquely berserk?... Sydney Morning Herald 

UK stowaway schoolboy: 'It was easier than my homework'
An 11-year-old boy who flew alone to Rome, with no passport or ticket, has told a British newspaper how easy it was to board the plane...

365 Guide Tip for the Day
The Importance of Public Relations
We have spent this week looking at aspects of local public relations. I am often surprised how little attention the entire range of public relations strategies receives from travel agents, considering its enormous ro
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