Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: March 14, 2007

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS, in partnership with Statuto Group, will open its first Italian property in Milan, Italy. Set to open December 2008, the W Milan will be located in the Brera district near some of the city's best-known restaurants, art galleries, retail shops and cafes. The 76-room hotel will occupy a converted mid-20th century building and will feature eight W suites, one Extreme Wow Suite, a restaurant, a destination rooftop bar, the W Living Room and a spa and fitness center.

NORTH AMERICAN TRAVEL AGENTS can earn 9% commissions on BritRail Passes, attractions and other BritRail products totaling at least $1,000. The extra commission is valid on bookings made from March to May, and products range from London Visitor TravelCards and Airport Express rail transfers to BritRail Passes and sightseeing options. Travel agents have direct access to a real-time seat booking option and can reserve specific seats on specific trains; visit www.agentbritrail.com.

ROCCO FORTE HOTELS will open the Charles Hotel this summer in Munich, its first in that city and the third in Germany. The hotel will be located in Lenbach Garten within walking distance of the Hauptbahnhof train station, shopping areas and entertainment facilities. The eight-story, $93 million property will feature 132 rooms, nine junior suites, 18 master suites and a presidential suite. Other features will include an Italian restaurant, a bar, seven conference rooms, a ballroom accommodating up to 400 guests and a spa.

CROSS COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL created a series of tours based around films set in Ireland. A West Coast Walk, for example, showcases the settings of "The Field," "Far and Away," "Barry Lyndon" and "Waking Ned Devine." Highlights include the seaside town of Westport, Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and the coastal islands of Achill and Clare. The seven-night tour, which is available between May 12 and Sept. 22, is priced at $1,840 per person, double, including accommodations, five days of guided walking, breakfasts, six dinners, five packed lunches, transfers and taxes. For details, visit www.walkingvacations.com.

ACP RAIL unveiled a Web site designed to simplify booking travel in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The site can be found at www.scandinavianrail.com and features commissionable products including the ScanRail Pass, Eurail's individual country rail passes and point-to-point rail tickets throughout Scandinavia. Other highlights include destination and travel information on such top attractions as Hamlet's Ellsinore Castle and Tivoli Gardens. Fjord and city sightseeing tours and discount admission passes to tourist attractions also are included as is advice on weather, language and Scandinavian culture and folklore.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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