The travel industry has endured a nightmare trifecta: the Sept. 11 attack, the war in Iraq, SARS. But as Dinesh Dhamija strides through London clutching a bouquet of balloons emblazoned with the ebookers logo, it's as if the disasters never happened. "We knew we'd survive," says Dhamija, ebookers' founder and CEO. "The question was whether we would become No. 1 or No. 2." Today, ebookers is Europe's largest Internet travel agency and the first (as of May) to turn a pre-tax profit. It was also the London Stock Exchange's second-brightest star last year, with share prices up...

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