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MIA to get more passport agents

Miami International Airport will get more passport control agents to handle long immigration lines, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week.

Airport administrators won’t know for a while how many more agents they’ll get. The additional staffing has been promised by Sept. 30, 2015. Some 2,000 additional agents will be deployed across 44 ports in 18 states.

MIA is one of four Florida ports that will benefit from the staffing boost, said Greg Chin, an airport spokesman. The others are Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral.

New Mexico

Tourism boosters promote ‘Burrito Byway’

The New Mexico Tourism Department is looking for the state’s best breakfast burritos.

The department Monday opened nominations for limited spots on what it has dubbed the “New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway.”

According to tourism officials, the breakfast burrito was developed by a Santa Fe restaurant. It has also become a staple of Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta, where a hand-held breakfast is a necessity.

The “New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway” will identify the best of the burritos across New Mexico, based on nominations made by the public over the next two weeks.

Nominations are open to New Mexico-based restaurants with a business license, in good standing with local and state Health Departments, and with a bricks-and-mortar location.

The burritos must be a regular on the menu and include egg and a tortilla.

Cruise lines

Royal Caribbean’s new dining options

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ships won’t have a main dining room. Instead, in a set-up similar to Norwegian Cruise Line’s freestyle dining, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will have 18 restaurants, including seven fee-free eateries, four of them new table-service restaurants (one of them formal every night) plus the Windjammer buffet and other casual spots. Guests can choose each night’s setting on a new onboard reservations system.

The ships will also expand their celebrity-chef offerings, with an Italian restaurant by Jamie Oliver, Michael’s Genuine Pub by Miami’s Michael Schwartz, and a low-calorie menu by Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander. Those restaurants will also cost extra; fees for those and other alternative restaurants have not been set.

Quantum of the Seas will home port in New Jersey starting in November; Anthem of the Seas will divide its time between Southhampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, starting in April 2015.

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