Travel News October 2005.


Visa Waiver Program countries must issue new passports with digital photographs to allow their citizens to gain access to the US. Visitors with valid machine-readable passports issued prior to October 26 may travel without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. However passports issued on or after that date must have the digital photo. Visitors which arrive with a new passport without a digital photo will need a visa for entry. Oct 31, 2005

Bush to outline super-flu plan. An announcement is expected this week on how the Bush administration plans to fight the next super-flu. The plans are expected to include additional efforts to spot infections early in both the U.S. and abroad and recommendations on how to isolate the sick and distribute vaccines. Oct 30, 2005

Airport-wide Wi-Fi service launched in Atlanta. New airport-wide Wi-Fi service was launched this week at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The airport expects to recoup the $11 million it spent on the project in fees ranging from $2.25 to $3 per connection. Travelers use the service to connect their laptops, personal digital assistants or other wireless devices. Oct 27, 2005

New Cendant product to cater to corporate market. Cendant's new Travelport product will integrate elements of Orbitz For Business, according to Travel Weekly. The new offering will be marketed to corporate clients who want Travelport's travel management functionality and Orbitz For Business' technology. Oct 24, 2005

More business travelers book over the Internet, study finds. More business travelers are booking tickets over the Internet, according to a new Accenture study. They are using in-house corporate systems and commercial booking sites. Nearly 75% of business travelers now use Internet booking, up from almost zero five years ago, the study found. Oct 11, 2005

Hillary Clinton, Pataki protest Canadian border passport rule. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and New York Gov. George Pataki are asking the federal government to abandon its plan to require passports for crossing the Canadian border. They spoke out against the rule separately Wednesday. Clinton said requiring passports could threaten economic activity. Pataki said he thinks a driver's license is sufficient identification for crossing the border. Oct 5, 2005

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