Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Jan. 2, 2008

VISIT LONDON teamed up with TripAdvisor to provide user-generated hotel reviews on VisitLondon.com. The collaboration will allow for the development of features such as top 10 rated hotels and top 10 rated visitor attractions based on reviews.

TOURCRAFTERS is luring off-season travelers with a Madrid Hot Deal package, priced from $569 per person, double, through March 13. Rates include roundtrip air from New York to Madrid, four nights in a hotel, daily breakfast, hotel service charges and taxes. Flights are available from additional cities for supplements ranging from $15 for Miami to $155 for San Francisco. Prices do not include airport taxes or fuel surcharges. Call (800) 621-2259.

ACCOR sold 57 hotels in France and Switzerland for about $755 million to a European real estate consortium. The Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, All Seasons and Etap Hotel properties involved in the transaction represent a total of 8,200 rooms. Accor will continue to operate the hotels under the same brands through 12-year leases for up to 84 years.

 

SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES was named Europe's Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards, and its hub, Zurich Airport, was named Europe's Leading Airport. As of December, the airline relocated to Terminal 4 at New York's Kennedy Airport and opened a new lounge there. In addition three new lounges are open at the Geneva Airport. Swiss first-class and business-class menus now showcase the cuisine of Canton Grisons of St. Moritz.

EURAIL GROUP named the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions its official PR representative in North America. Eurail Group sells rail passes to non-European visitors; 54% of its customers are from North America. The NBTC already represents Eurail in Asia through its wholly owned offices in Japan and China as well as through its partners in South Korea and India.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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