Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: May 9, 2007

TRAVEL AGENTS have until the end of May to earn an additional 2% commission, 9% total, on BritRail passes, attractions or other products booked at The site offers direct access to real-time seat-booking options and enables agents to reserve specific seats on specific trains. The override is available on bookings of at least $1,000 and will be paid in one check at the end of the promotion period.

ALAIN JACQUIER was named the new chairman of Maison de la France, succeeding Paul Dubrule. Jacquier has served as president of the Burgundy Hotel Association, vice president of the Burgundy Chamber of Commerce and president of the Burgundy Tourism Board. Maison de la France, the promotional arm of the French Ministry of Tourism, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

THE DOLCE LA HULPE BRUSSELS opened April 27, featuring 264 rooms, 43,000 square feet of meetings space, free Wi-Fi and the services of dedicated conference planners. Other facilities include two restaurants, a wellness center with indoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, beach volleyball and jogging and mountain bike trails. The property also arranges professional opera performances in the hotel's private auditorium. For details on the hotel chain, visit

THE TERME DI SATURNIA SPA & GOLF RESORT, located in the Maremma area of Italy's Tuscany region, created a summer package priced from about $272 per day or $1,246 per week, double. The 140-room property features a spa; six outdoor and two indoor pools; a traditional Roman bath house; fitness center; tennis court; hair salon; putting green; boutique; and art gallery. The package includes daily breakfast, use of the gym and spa facilities and guided morning hikes. To book the package, fax (011) 564 600-836 or e-mail [email protected]. For details on the hotel, go to

THE 70-ROOM LA PLETA HOTEL & SPA, a Spanish resort in the Pyrenees, created three new Occitania Spa Wellness packages ranging from three to seven nights. The three-night package includes accommodations, breakfast buffet, transfers to and from Barcelona, one spa honey massage per person and one bottle of sparkling wine. The package is priced from about $1,870 per room, not including tax; $2,780 and $3,571, respectively, for five and seven nights. Packages, which are commissionable at 10%, are available June 23 through Sept. 19. To book the plan, visit and search for La Pleta Hotel & Spa.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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