Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: June 6, 2007

TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS from the Kosovo area have created the Kosovo Tourist Association, or KOTAS, in order to promote tourism to the region. KOTAS, which was established in partnership with the German development agency GTZ, will work with other tourism entities to coordinate activities and promotions. The new office will support the Department of Tourism within the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

THE HOTEL RIVERTON in Goteborg, Sweden, a member of the WorldHotels First Class Collection, unveiled a renovation of 36 guest rooms featuring contemporary Scandinavian design. The next phase of the renovation will include four new floors with 40 additional guest rooms, a new restaurant and a 6,500-square-foot spa. Other properties in the collection also are undergoing upgrades and offering packages. A weekend Casino package at the Hotel Riverton, with breakfast, a drink at the bar and access to the relaxation lounge, is priced at $99 per person per night. To book, visit www.worldhotels.com.

CLIENTS WHO BUY A RAIL PASS from Rail Europe before June 30 will receive a credit of 25% of the purchase price towards another European rail product booked later this year. The second purchase must be made by Dec. 15 and must have a value of at least double the credit; travel on rail passes can take place up to six months after booking. The offer, which is valid on all rail products, is available for individual or group bookings made on Rail Europes travel agent Web site. Agent commissions start at 5% for electronic booking. To book, go to http://agent.raileurope.com.

BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL in St. Moritz, Switzerland, trimmed prices by more than half on summer getaway packages. An Alpine Summer Feeling package, for example, includes two nights accommodations, welcome amenity and flowers, daily buffet breakfast, two dinners in Chesa Veglia or Le Restaurant and a ticket for the Corviglia mountain train. The special is priced from about $785, double, which represents a 57% discount on rack rates. Other packages include deals for families and golfers. For information, visit www.badruttspalace.com.

ISTANBUL IS CELEBRATING the 35th anniversary of its annual International Music Festival now through June 30. This years festival showcases more than 1,000 artists in over 20 performances. Performances are scheduled to be held in such scenic locations as the Hagia Eirene Museum, the Sveti Stefan Church, the Ataturk Cultural Center and the Esma Sultan. For more info, visit www.iksv.org/muzik/English  

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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