Felicity Long
Felicity Long


*logoThere are a lot of reasons to propose the Netherlands to clients looking for a European getaway. Amsterdam is a world-class city with charming architecture, a lively ambience and, of course, the famous canals, while other Dutch cities, such as The Hague and Maastricht, have their own personalities and appeal.

Add to that the staggering number of art galleries, a tourism infrastructure that runs like clockwork and a multilingual population of folks who tend to speak better English than Americans do, and you have a destination with plenty to attract U.S. travelers.

But one reason sure to catch clients' attention is a $400 roundtrip fare between Amsterdam and New York being offered by Continental in September and October. The fare marks the celebration of NY400 Week, set to take place in the Big Apple Sept. 8 to 13.

NY400 commemorates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York Harbor. Sailing on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, the English explorer swept into the harbor on his way up the river that today bears his name, an event that led to the Dutch colonization of the area.

Festivities include a visit by members of the Dutch royal family and a slew of themed events, performances and activities in all five New York boroughs. The celebrations will culminate in a much-ballyhooed Harbor Day on Sept. 13, which will become an annual event going forward.

The commemorative fare from Continental is valid for departures between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31; a corresponding business-class fare is priced at $1,853. Fares don't include taxes, fees or surcharges and are subject to availability and tax/surcharge and exchange-rate fluctuations.

For more on NY400, visit www.ny400.org.

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