Holiday travelers hit the road, but scrimp a bit

by Jon Surmacz on May 30, 2006

Holiday travelers hit the road, but scrimped a bit — As the summer travel season began in earnest this past weekend, Americans were indulging their wanderlust, jamming highways, and filling airports, motels and eateries. But in some small ways, travelers interviewed across the country over the weekend said they were cutting their spending and downsizing their plans for summer trips. (The New York Times)

Summer forecast: lines, full planes, higher fares — Nearly 207 million passengers are expected to board U.S. airliners for domestic and international trips in the next three months. That’s up from 205 million in the June-August period last year, and from 185 million in summer 2001, before the Sept. 11 terrorism nearly brought travel to a halt. (USA Today)

EU court rules airline data deal with US illegal — The European Union acted illegally when it agreed to transfer airline passenger data to the United States as part of U.S. efforts to fight terrorism, the bloc’s highest court said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Trimmer Northwest now flies at No. 5 — Northwest Airlines has lost its title as the nation’s fourth-largest airline, reflecting the large number of planes and flights it has shed as it reorganizes. (Detroit Free Press)

In-flight glossies share a lucrative demographic — If magazine advertisers want to reach the most affluent readership, they need not turn to Fortune, Forbes or Real Simple. Instead, they could target in-flight magazines. (The Washington Post)

Oil prices rise as U.S. enters summer — Oil prices rose slightly Tuesday, with the market watching for signals of higher demand as Americans entered the peak summer driving period. Monday’s U.S. holiday, Memorial Day, marks the traditional start of summer, when many families in the U.S. go on driving trips for vacation — and gasoline demand there peaks. (AP)


Aging Hollywood getting face lift
— Despite Hollywood’s image as the world capital of glitz, this 18.7-square-mile district in Los Angeles has struggled to revitalize run-down neighborhoods that had become hangouts for teenage runaways, tattoo parlors and tacky souvenir shops. (AP)

Museum head detained over fake exhibits — Turkish police have detained the head of a museum and eight other people amid a probe into allegations that prized exhibits from the 6th Century B.C. were replaced by fakes, a regional governor said Monday. (Reuters)

State, advocates look to give NYC a beach — Decades have passed since advocates began their push to rid the Hudson River of industrial waste, and the city has worked to beautify Manhattan’s once-desolate West Side with grassy parkland for joggers and bicyclists. So why not add a beach? (AP)

Northwest plans to restore capacity cuts in 2007 — Northwest Airlines is getting ready to put more planes in the air, according to a report published Saturday. The Minnesota-based carrier slashed its capacity 10% early this year, but a memo obtained by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis says Northwest plans to expand its flying for the rest of this year into 2007. (AP)

Hotels wish guests a nice-smelling day — No longer content to rely on a clerk’s smile and a comfy bed, hotel chains are now counting on signature scents to bring guests back. (USA Today)

King Tut returns to Chicago — You can kick back with a King Tuttini cocktail, learn to decipher hieroglyphs or indulge in an “Egyptian Golden Body Wrap” complete with exfoliating Dead Sea salts and a dusting of golden powder. Yes, King Tut is back, and Chicago is fired up for the pharaoh. (AP)

Airline loan-guarantee deal ends with profitM — When Congress offered the airline industry $10 billion in loan guarantees in 2001, lawmakers were criticized for wasting taxpayer money on sick and even dying airlines, delaying an inevitable industry restructuring. As it turns out, taxpayers made money on the deal. Lots of money. (the Wall Street Journal)


Carrie Charney, Christopher Elliott, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.

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