UP FRONT WITH MARTIN DEUTSCH IN 2010

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARTIN B. DEUTSCH
Martin B. Deutsch created Frequent Flyer magazine in 1980 and was editor-in-chief and publisher for 15 years. He also wrote a column called Up Front for Frequent Flyer during those years. That column later appeared in Travel Agent magazine and he now writes Up Front for JoeSentMe.com. In a nearly 55-year career, he created, published and edited dozens of other travel publications. Among his other work, Deutsch wrote the Travel Trails column for Argosy magazine and those are also archived at JoeSentMe. Deutsch is based in New York.

December 16: MAKING BOOK ON LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTS
Hard to believe, but it's the holiday season again and there are the familiar last-minute pressures to find thoughtful and reasonably priced gifts. And guess what? My recommendations for the third year in a row focus on an item that I've always loved to receive, namely a book.

June 10: MANAGING GIGANTIC HOTELS FOR WHALES
Plucked from retirement two years ago, a 50-year veteran of the hotel industry has been tasked with fixing the Sands, which operates gigantic casino resorts in Las Vegas and Asia. Next up: a 2,600-room behemoth in Singapore, which opens later this month.

March 4: DOWN TO THE SEA IN (GIGANTIC) SHIPS
It's hard to remember how many times over the years I've extolled the virtues of a cruise vacation for exhausted road warriors, family holidays, business gatherings and everything in between. Now I bring news of the largest and most innovative cruise ship on the seven seas. It can carry 6,300 passengers and 2,300 crew. What's it like on what is, literally, a floating village?

February 4: BOOKS FOR THE ROAD
While it might not be the perfect Valentine's Day gift, a good book is a business traveler's treasure any time of the year. And a book is a gift with shelf life that often extends over decades or even a lifetime. This week, recommendations for some titles you might have missed and are guaranteed to capture your interest.

January 14: MY PERIPATETIC UROLOGIST
Even during the last several years, Americans with the wherewithal were on the move, spending serious money, reaping what they considered great bargains and maintaining an American conviction that travel is as much a right as many of the other certainties cited in our Constitution.

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