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Abercrombie & Kent is introducing a new Concierge Rail service. An English-speaking escort will meet A&K rail clients at their hotel at a pre-arranged time to escort them to their train, ensuring they are comfortably seated in the correct seat, and handling the luggage. When they arrive at their destination, another escort is waiting to take them to their hotel. Aug 2, 2004

Chicago-based iExplore [], an on-line seller of adventure travel, is seeing a rebound in sales to such exotic destinations as Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Namibia, all of which are now in the company?s top 10 best-selling destinations. Other top 10 best sellers are Peru, China, France, Antarctica, Chile and the Galapagos Islands. National Geographic owns equity in iExplore. Aug 5, 2004 has added a new feature to give travelers more control over choosing departure and return flights. Customers can now select their airline flights in any order, even starting with the return flight and then selecting the departure flight. Orbitz says the new flight search feature is especially useful for travelers who have time-sensitive schedules, book multiple-city itineraries and have specific budget parameters. After conducting a flight search, users can pick from pre- bundled flight options or build itineraries starting with any flight segment. When choosing flight options separately, users still see roundtrip fares to make it simple and fast to plan a trip around a price. Aug 9, 2004

The Statue of Liberty has reopened after undergoing security upgrades and renovations for more than two years. Visitors can enter the pedestal of the statue, which has a new glass ceiling allowing for views of the interior. From the statue's...

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