Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Jan. 16, 2008

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, but the timeless image of the French puffing on cigarettes over a cafe au lait is now a thing of the past, at least in public. A nationwide ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants and bars went into effect Jan. 1, with opinion polls generally supporting the change. Several other European countries, including Great Britain and Ireland, already have similar bans. Germany also enacted a smoking ban in bars and restaurants in eight of its 16 states on New Year's Day.

BOOKING LEVELS at the ITB Berlin 2008 trade show look to exceed previous years with some 11,000 companies from 180 countries and territories set to exhibit. The 42nd annual event, scheduled for March 5 to 9, is also expected to draw 100,000 trade visitors and as many as 70,000 members of the public. Eastern European states such as Bulgaria, Armenia and Azerbaijan will be among those prominently represented at the show this year. For more info, visit


" American Airlines is set to launch nonstop, daily flights between New York's Kennedy Airport and Barcelona, Spain, April 24. The outbound flight is scheduled to depart Kennedy at 7 p.m., arriving in Barcelona at 9:10 a.m.; inbound service departs Barcelona at 11:10 a.m. and arrives in New York at 1:45 p.m. Both flights will feature two-class service aboard Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with 30 seats in Next Generation Business Class and 191 in Economy/Coach Class.

" Seasonal, nonstop Delta Air Lines flights between Atlanta and Edinburgh, Scotland, will resume between June 2 and Oct. 1. The service is in addition to the new year-round service between Edinburgh and New York's Kennedy Airport beginning May 1. Flights between Atlanta and Edinburgh will operate three times weekly from June 2 to June 30 and daily from July 1 to Sep. 30.

TERME di SATURNIA Spa & Golf Resort in Italy's Tuscany region is offering its guests complimentary play on the first nine holes of its soon-to-be-completed 18-hole golf course through February.  When the second nine holes open in March 2008, the course will be open to both guests and the public. Daily greens fees for guests will be about $73 on weekdays; $117 weekends and holidays. The 140-room property, which features a thermal spa, is situated near the medieval villages of Saturnia, Montemerano and Poggio Murella. Go to

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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