Travel Watch | July 2004

Travel Watch | July 2004

The good and the bad

+ LOST IN TRANSLATION Don't know how to say "I'm allergic to shellfish" in French?On, you can customize a card that announces your food allergy in one of eight languages.

- CAR TROUBLE As if soaring gas prices weren't bad enough, the Cendant Car Rental Group—parent company of Avis and Budget—is raising daily rental rates by $5 for most vehicle types starting July 1.

+ SHIPSHAPE Royal Caribbean is the first cruise line to commit to installing Advanced Wastewater Purification technology on its entire fleet.

- GEOGRAPHY LESSON New stamps commemorating the EU's expansion—330,000 of which were released by the Irish postal service in May—place Cyprus in the location of Crete and unify Ireland.

+ TURKEY FOR SALE In an effort to spur the return of American tourists, Turkey has reduced the fee for single-entry tourist visas from $100 to $20.

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