TRAVEL TO EUROPE from the U.S. dropped 5.7% in March compared with the same month in 2007 and fell 0.2% in the first quarter despite the fact that transatlantic fares have risen only moderately, according to New York-based research firm Donald N. Martin & Co. The jury is still out over whether the summer will be a washout, however, with overall transatlantic traffic up 7.8% from April to May.
TRAFALGAR launched a Best Price Guarantee program locking in prices listed in its new 2009 Europe & Britain First-Class Summer Preview brochure, even if the prices in Trafalgar's full summer brochure, set for release in October, are higher. Rates are fixed upon payment of a $500 per person deposit, and full payment a year in advance earns a 10% Early Payment discount. To book, visit www.trafalgar.com/preview.
FOUR SEASONS HOTELS opened two new properties, in Istanbul and in Florence. The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosporus is a 19th century Ottoman palace on the European bank of the Bosporus and features a 623-foot waterfront terrace with a private boat and dock linking the hotel to the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. The Four Seasons Hotel Florence, situated in restored 15th and 16th century palazzos, is located on an 11-acre garden, the largest private garden in Florence.
THE JEWISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM in Amsterdam is showcasing an exhibition of contemporary photography and video art from Israel Nov. 30. The show, titled "Art of the State," includes photographs and video works by 16 artists and is designed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Israel. For more on the exhibit and the museum, go to www.jhm.nl/exhibitions.aspx?ID=130.
THE CASANOVA HOTEL in Barcelona is revving up the season with an F1 Racing Package that includes a chance to race five laps around the Montmelo Formula 1 racetrack in a Porsche Cayman. The package also includes two nights' accommodations; daily breakfast; roundtrip airport transfers; and insurance and deposits for the racing. The package starts at about $1,860. For more info or to book, visit www.casanovaBCNhotel.com.
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