News from Travel Technology Update: There's no way to prettify it: 2008 has been an annus horribilis, probably the worst economic mess since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was a year dominated by the three Fs: fuel, fees and fear. The mortgage crisis morphed into the credit crisis. Once-venerable financial institutions like Lehman Brothers hit the skids. A jaw-dropping 1.9 million jobs were lost. And U.S. industries and retailers learned once again that unemployed people do not spend ...

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