Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: July 20, 2005

UP WITH EUROSTAR: High-speed, trans-English Channel rail service Eurostar saw passenger numbers grow by 8% in the first six months of 2005, to 3.68 million, compared with 3.41 million in the same period last year. In addition, revenue rose 14% while North American ticket sales by distributor Rail Europe/DER rose 6.6% over 2004, with sales in June alone up 16%. Eurostars market share also reached an all-time high in the first half of the year: On the London-Paris route, Eurostar carried 69% of all air/rail travelers in May 2005, and nearly 63% on the London-Brussels route. And punctuality for the period was 86%. To book Eurostar, access a GDS using IATA carrier designator 9F, or log on to or Alternatively, call (800) EUROSTAR [(800) 387-6782] or DER at  (800) 782-2424. 

BIG OF APPLE: Apple Vacations is offering special incentives to agents booking Europe in celebration of its new service to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, which began June 1. Under its Agent Incentive Package for Europe, any travel agent who books 10 passengers to Europe with Apple on Delta Air Lines before Sept. 1 will get a free 3-night package at a three-star hotel.  And, agents who book an additional 10 passengers get free round-trip airfare for two on Delta to one of the four cities. All air, hotels, transfers and tours are commissionable to agents, who also earn Apples Vacations Double Royalties points with every online booking. Visit Apple Online at or call the Europe desk at (888) 288-1433.

INN-SIDE STORY: In Croatia, the Regent Esplanade Zagreb and the Hotel Argentina in Dubrovnik (; [800] 545-4000) teamed to offer a 5-night Double Dream in Croatia package for two including accommodations, tours, roundtrip airfare within Croatia, daily breakfast, two dinners and more available through Sept. 20 at about $2,000 & Dorchester Group appointed Ezio Attilio Indiani formerly with Hotel Des Bergues of Geneva, Hyde Park Hotel in London, Hotel Eden of Rome and Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte of Fiuggi   as general manager of the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy, taking over from outgoing general manager Paolo Guarneri & Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts ( opened the $45 million, 129-room Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa Cork, in Cork, Ireland, its ninth Radisson SAS property in the country.   

HOT DANISH: Visitors to trendy Copenhagen can get the insiders scoop on and a sneak peeks at the Danish capitals hottest, or coolest, depending on how you look at it, spots with the new 2-hour CPH:cool walking tour. Priced at 200 Danish Krone, or about $32.50, the tour departing six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, from the Copenhagen Visitcenter at Vesterbrogade 4A takes in the top shops, eats and hangouts in the Vesterbro and City districts. For more, call (011) 45-2-695-5474, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit

SLOVAKS FACTS: The Tourist and Commercial Office of Slovakia in New York rolled out a new Web presence at in hopes of educating more U.S. trade types and consumers about the little-known Central Europe destination, a new E.U. member that now dubs itself the Little Big Country. The state-of-the-art site offers information on activities and itineraries, transportation, accommodations, capital city Bratislava, Slovak facts and figures, 24 U.S. tour operators selling Slovakia, five Slovak travel agencies, and more. Also on tap: maps, Web resource links, news and contact information.


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