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TRO Travelgram: Aug 7



Tuesday, August 7
It may be Canada that stamps your passport when you arrive in Montreal, but at your first glimpse of the city's cobblestone streets, sunny sidewalk cafes and wrought-iron balcony railings, you'll feel as though you've been whisked off to

Europe's most scenic waterways
From our 2012 Cruise Guide, all-star stretches along five storied European rivers—the Danube, the Main, the Rhine, the Moselle and the Seine...

Discovering the open spirit of Rio de Janeiro
Samba, hang-gliding, favelas and joyful Cariocas — four of the many facets of Rio that a martial artist experienced during a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu camp for women... LA Times

Tours and Activities
Sand, salt and summers in the water
It seems everyone has a favorite summer spot. Ask a handful of friends and you're likely to get a different answer from everyone. I asked a few friends and colleagues to share the places they'd happily visit again and again... CNN

Olympic stadiums with enduring style
When spectators take their seats in London's new Olympic Stadium, they'll be focused on the moment: cheering athletes competing for track-and-field gold. But the stadium is designed to outlast the 2012 Summer Games: the lightweight, ecofriendly structure will be reduced to a more functional size (25,000 seats) as part of the Olympic Park, complete with gardens and a riverfront

DreamWorks plans $3.2 bn China tourist attraction
DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday said it plans to build a $3.2 billion "entertainment zone" in Shanghai, as the US film giant seeks to bolster its presence in the booming Chinese market... Yahoo Travel News

Norwegian Cruise Line Now Charges Passengers Under 2
Norwegian Cruise Line no longer gives kids under two years of age a "free" ride. As of last week, the line now charges a cruise fare for all children, no matter how young...

TS Ernesto Update: Carnival Reverts to Original Itineraries
With Tropical Storm Ernesto moving further south than expected, Carnival has reinstated the original itineraries for Carnival Magic and Carnival Freedom. Carnival Legend, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Dream all continue to sail revised

Another cruise line cracks down on deck chair saving
Industry giant Carnival isn't the only major cruise line cracking down on "deck chair hogs" -- passengers who save deck chairs in prime locations for hours without using them... USA Today

British Airways 'would consider' stake in American Airlines
The CEO of International Airline Group (IAG) – the parent company of both British Airways and Iberia – says his company would consider a stake in bankrupt oneworld partner American Airlines...USA Today

Baggage delivery: American Airlines gives it a try
The wait at the luggage carousel may be over for American Airlines passengers willing to pay a little extra... USA Today

Report: American facing $162 million in FAA penalties
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a potentially record-breaking fine against American Airlines parent AMR... USA Today

Australia hotels to government: Don't regulate booze prices
Australian hotels are challenging their government's plan to consider setting a minimum price for alcohol, according to an Australian publication that tracks hotels, bars and other venues that serve booze... USA Today

At the new SLS South Beach, everyone is a guest
South Beach is dominated by exclusive hotels and nightclubs. If you don't look or dress a certain way, good luck grabbing a bartender's attention or even getting in. But walk up to the new SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami, and you'll notice a difference right away...USA Today

Crowne Plaza to part ways with 40 subpar hotels, CEO says
To turn around the Crowne Plaza chain, global hotel giant IHG must first shrink it, CEO Richard Solomons told analysts this morning during the company's second-quarter earnings call from London... USA Today

Other and Odd
Vietnam probes death of US, Canadian tourists
Vietnamese authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of two tourists from the United States and Canada who stayed in the same guesthouse, official media reported Monday... Yahoo Travel News

What you need to know about tipping
Has travel tipping gotten out of hand? Consultant Keith Anderson of Atlanta thinks so. "I'm 51 years old and I grew up when it was pretty black and white who you tipped. It's grayed tremendously in the last decade or so.&qu
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