Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Feb. 14, 2007

PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR 2006 indicate that U.S. visitors to Europe will exceed the record of 13.12 million set in 2000, according to the European Travel Commission. At 6.81 million Americans, the peak period from May to September was also the highest recorded since the ETC was created in 1948. Cultural travel was especially strong in 2006, with Austria and the Netherlands registering their highest U.S. visitor numbers ever, thanks to the yearlong celebrations of Mozart and Rembrandt. 

SCEPTRE TOURS is offering travel agents 15% commissions on all reservations for escorted tours to Ireland, Scotland and London made by Feb. 27 for travel throughout 2007.  Tours include Treasures of Ireland, with stops in Shannon, Limerick, Adare, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford and Dublin and starting at $1,573 per person, double, including air. A new tour, Highlights of Scotland, features Glasgow, Aviemore, the Highlands Excursion, Inverness and Edinburgh from $1,612 per person, double, with air. Sceptre Tours provides Emerald Partners with one referral booking for every three bookings made by the agency. Visit www.SceptreAgent.com to book.

THE WAYFARERS unveiled four walking tours spanning six countries in Eastern Europe: Croatia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and new this year Slovenia.  A seven-night Magic of Slovenia tour, set for May 26 to June 2, Sept. 16 to 23 and Oct. 13 to 20, begins and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenias capital, and includes visits to the underground cave at Postojna and the waterfront area of Lake Bled. Participants will walk on average eight to 10 miles a day over easy terrain. Priced at $3,495, the tour includes accommodations, meals, all transfers, admissions and gratuities. For bookings, log onto www.thewayfarers.com.

SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES will move from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 at New Yorks Kennedy Airport March 1. The newest terminal at the airport, Terminal 1 will serve the airlines two daily nonstop flights to Zurich and one to Geneva. The facility also has the advantage of being the first stop on the AirTrain system and the first passenger terminal accessible from the JFK Expressway, the road that winds through the airport.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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