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Archive for Sunday, July 28, 2002

Travel briefs

July 28, 2002

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Top 10 speedy airports

The quickest airports for getting to the gate (with percent of flights taking less than 30 minutes), from a Travelocity survey of frequent fliers:

1. Reagan National/Washington, D.C. 73%

2. Austin, Tex. 71%

(tie) Orange County, Calif. 71%

4. Providence, R.I. 69%

5. Sacramento, Calif. 68%

(tie) San Jose, Calif. 68%

(tie) Minneapolis-St. Paul 68%

8. LaGuardia/New York City 67%

(tie) Tampa-St. Petersburg 67%

10. Bush Intercontinental/Houston 66%

Mexican resort tries for more civil image

Cancun is trying to tame its image and distance itself from the zany spring-break crowd and other overzealous visitors, Travel Weekly magazine reports.

Hoteliers, bar and nightclub owners and other business and municipal authorities signed a "civility" agreement. As Miguel Borge Martin, executive director of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, put it: "No longer will Cancun tolerate anyone walking in the hotel zone with open drink containers, or any establishment serving alcohol to minors. Moreover, we will no longer permit the use of banners, signs and commercials that promote the consumption of alcoholic beverages or alcoholic prizes," he said.

New York keeps making brand new start of it

Since Sept. 11, visitors to New York have headed for Lower Manhattan to see the site of the terrorist attacks and the city's subsequent effort to rebuild. Another way to learn about the resilience of New York's downtown is a walking tour that does not include the World Trade Center site.

The Downtown Alliance's free 90-minute Wall Street Walking Tour is offered at noon every Thursday and Saturday. The guided tour begins in front of the U.S. Custom House at the Bowling Green subway stop. The narration of Lower Manhattan history includes the many catastrophes in that area. For more information, call (212) 566-6700 or visit www.downtownny.com.

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