ACCESRAIL, sister company of ACP Rail International, implemented an Amadeus-hosted e-ticketing platform that enables travel agents to issue e-tickets for the German Rail (DB) Rail & Fly product line. German Rail's Rail & Fly e-tickets facilitate travel between the rail stations in the main German airports of Frankfurt, Cologne, Leipzig and Dusseldorf as well as in more than 100 cities. DB is Europe's largest carriage and logistics company, providing 1,200 long-distance trains and 23,000 local trains carrying 4.9 million passengers per day. For more info, go to www.accesrail.com.
JURYS INNS GROUP, a Dublin-based hotel company, will open a 310-room Liverpool, England, property April 18. The company's 17th property in the U.K., Jurys Inn Liverpool brings the total number of Jurys Inns to 23. The hotel is part of the Kings Waterfront development, which also incorporates the new, 10,600-capacity Liverpool Echo Arena and 1,350-seat convention center. Liverpool is this year's European City of Culture. Next on the horizon for Jurys Inns is a hotel development in Exeter, the commercial capital of southwest England.
CORSICA KALLISTE TOURS is trimming $1,000 per person from the price of its Chestnut Delights tour in Corsica on reservations made before May 1. This tour includes participation in the Chestnut Fair as well as visits to local museums, a UNESCO World Heritage reserve and Napoleon's birthplace. The tour also features visits to local historical landmarks and beaches. The price includes a champagne reception, gourmet dinners and accommodations at the four-star Corsican Villa Hotel. The six-night tour, which departs Dec. 11, is regularly priced from $12,480 per person. For more info, go to www.kallistetours.com.
RANDONNEE TOURS unveiled several self-guided tours for 2008, including a seven-night Walking in Tuscany tour that kicks off in Montepulciano and ends in Siena. The program, priced from $1,820 per person, double, wends through vineyards, olive groves and ancient villages. A six-night Cycling in Puglia tour, which begins in Monopoli, costs from $1,950, can be expanded to eight nights for $2,600. A seven-night Cycling in Brittany tour starts at $1,960. Visit www.randonneetours.com.
MADRID'S HOTEL RITZ debuted a Cultural Experience in Madrid package that includes a visit to the expanded Prado Museum. The two-night package, available through Dec. 23, starts at about $1,317 for two. The price includes two nights' accommodations, private airport transfers, VAT and admission to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums. Also included are a three-course dinner in the Goya restaurant, daily buffet breakfast and afternoon tea. For details, go to www.ritzmadrid.com.
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