AAA PREDICTED that 25.1 million Americans will travel internationally this summer, an increase of 2.6% over last summer. According to the report, which was produced by Global Insight, travel from the U.S. to France is expected to be up 6.7%, to 1.1 million travelers; Ireland up 6.6%, to 337,000; Italy up 4.7%, to 1.6 million; and Germany up 4.4%, to 724,000. The increases are consistent with AAA's bookings, which show a 5% increase in tours to Europe. The study also said that Americans traveling overseas would be spending more this summer due to global inflation and the weaker U.S. dollar.
TRAFALGAR is expanding its eLearning program, which drew more than 6,700 travel agent participants to its four-module Level 1 series since its April 2006 debut. The new Level 2 series, which also comprises four modules, uses flash animation, an interactive Sherlock Holmes detective-style format and a game show called Quiz-O-Rama. As with Level 1, each agent who successfully completes the training will receive a Trafalgar Specialist certificate, and graduates of both levels get priority for space on Trafalgar fam trips as well as an additional 25% discount on select tours.
LAKE WORTHER SEE, Austria, will host the first Pink Wave Festival for the international gay and lesbian community from Sept. 11 to 14. The lake is located in the center of Carinthia, the southernmost state of Austria, not far from the borders of Italy and Slovenia. The picturesque setting offers a scenic lake promenade as well as modern wellness hotels, trendy bars and restaurants and a variety of boutiques. The program will include parties on the beach, on a boat (including live music) and in the Poertschach Congress Center. Sporting, wellness and entertainment activities also will be on tap. For more info, go to www.pinkwave.at.
CROSS COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL unveiled a golf clinic package with Colin Montgomerie, the Scottish-born PGA star, at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. The package includes a three-hour, private clinic with Montgomerie; six nights' accommodations at Gleneagles; five rounds of golf on any of three 18-hole courses; a massage at the newly renovated five-star spa: and daily dinner and breakfast. The package is priced at $6,295 per person, double, land, and the departure date is Oct. 23. There is limited availability on this package, and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To book, visit www.golfingvacationsandmore.com.
HILTON HOTELS CORP. inked a management agreement to introduce the Doubletree by Hilton brand in Scotland. The Dunblane Hydro Hotel in the Perthshire countryside will receive a multimillion-dollar renovation before joining the brand in 2010. The 206-room, Victorian mansion, which dates to the late 19th century, is situated on 10 acres of gardens and features conference, meetings and banquet space and an array of leisure facilities. This will be the second Doubletree by Hilton hotel to open outside the Americas, following the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge -- Garden House in England, which opened in April.
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