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Have a nice stay, Malaysian style! This true story is from Ian Thomson, Britannia Airways cabin services manager at Manchester via the airline's house magazine Britannia Briefing. Upon landing at Kula Lumpur the following came over the broadcast system. "Ladies and gentlemen. It is illegal to bring drugs into, or be caught with drugs whilst in Malaysia. If you are found with them in your possession it will result in the death sentence. Have a nice stay in Malaysia".

Sir Richard Branson once again attempted to break another world record, this time the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle. Although this is a serious record attempt, the multimillionaire businessman always manages to bring a humorous side to the business. However, despite his success in the aviation industry, many business executives should take notice of a statement Sir Richard made some years ago. When questioned about the fastest way to make a million pounds he said... "Start with a billion pound and then build an airline!" In today's competitive market many of the executives behind new airline startups should perhaps take note!

Get set for more high-flying adventures when A&E Network premieres the second season of its hit real-life show AIRLINE. New episodes of the series, which showcase the thrills and spills behind-the-scenes of the nation's fourth largest airline, Southwest, will air every Monday on A&E at 10:00 pm ET/PT and 10:30 pm ET/PT beginning July 5, 2004.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce, 3.4 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. in April, representing a 28 percent increase over April 2003. This statistic shoes continued positive growth from the first quarter of 2004, which demonstrated a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2003. For April, Canadian visitation increased by 25 percent; Mexico, by 16 percent. Overseas arrivals increased 33 percent, and Asian visitation showed a 68 percent increase. U.K. visitation increased 19 percent, solidifying that country's position as the top overseas market. German visitation increased 20 percent.

Canada enjoyed a huge year-over-year increase in April 2004 over April 2003, posting a 21.9 percent hike, according to the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). The April 2004 volume reached 1,133,000 trips. Overnight travel from the U.S. to Canada in April rose by 22.7 percent, representing 897,000 trips. The CTC attributes this increase to the number of U.S. travelers arriving both by car (20.8 percent) and other modes of transportation...

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