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2007 Top Travel Stories

MSNBC's events, trends and major goof of 2007

Ready to ring in the new year yet? Sean Moriva 2007 Year End2007 Year Endrecapped 2007's travel stories this morning on MSNBC.

  • Ecotourism emerged in the mainstream and everyone rushed to get their green on. Some did it better than others.
  • JetBlue stranded passengers on the runway, leaving some people strapped into their seats for as long as 11 hours. The fiasco resulted in more than 1000 cancelled flights and $30 million in lost revenue.
  • The famous Stardust Resort & Casino was leveled to make room for a new mega-resort.
  • Google's My Maps was born, giving users the ability to customize maps and embed them on websites.
  • Passport regulations were relaxed in May and June but only moderately.
  • In July, the new Seven Wonders of the World were revealed. The only ancient wonder to make it was the Great Pyramid at Giza.
  • Boeing's new Dreamliner 787 took flight. It uses 20% less fuel than other jets in the same class and is made entirely of carbon fiber.
  • Virgin America arrived in the U.S. and began signing on celebrities almost immediately.
  • Airbus 380 took its inaugural flight.
  • JetBlue capped the year by launching BetaBlue, in-flight Wi-Fi service.
  • GoGirlfriend arrived on the travel scene.

Want to watch the story instead of read it? Visit Forbes Traveler for the year's top travel stories in video.

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