DEPT. OF COMMERCE reported a 7.7% gain in U.S. departures
to Europe in June, the largest one-month gain in U.S. traffic since
Sept. 2004 and virtually tying the record set in 2001. Overall
transatlantic travel grew in August, despite the Aug. 10 bomb-plot
in Britain, with the top nine carriers reporting an average traffic
increase of 1.7% for the month. The figures represent a slowdown
from the previous two months, which together averaged 5.5% growth
in traffic. A peak-season record for U.S. transatlantic travel is
expected for the May-to-September period, exceeding records set in
AUSTRIAN TOURIST OFFICE'S largest tourism trade show,
formally known as ATB, will broaden its focus this year to include
central Europe. The show, now called ACTB, for Austrian and Central
European Travel Business, will represent the tourism organizations
of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia as well as
the International Tourist Commission Die Donau, or The Danube, with
its member countries Germany, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. ACTB
2007 will take place in Vienna from Jan. 28 to 30, with a
pre-convention program organized by the Austrian Tourist Office
North America focusing on the cuisine and wines of Vienna.
Post-convention tours to Prague and Budapest are set for Jan. 30 to
Feb. 1. For more info, visit www.actb.eu.
ORIENTAL HOTEL GROUP is poised to brand and manage 80
luxury residences to be developed adjacent to its Mandarin Oriental
Hyde Park hotel in the Knightsbridge section of London. Known as
One Hyde Park, the development will feature private apartments as
well as retail shops, swimming pools and other leisure facilities
that also will be available for use by hotel guests. The Residences
at Mandarin Oriental project is scheduled for completion in
ORIENT-EXPRESS TRAINS & CRUISES
expanded its winter menu of seasonal day trips and dining
experiences aboard the British Pullman and Northern Belle trains.
Passengers can choose from a schedule of holiday lunches, dinners
and shopping trips as well as Christmas concerts, markets and
festivals throughout Great Britain. Christmas at Chatsworth House
on Nov. 15, for example, includes brunch on the British Pullman,
entrance to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and a five-course dinner
with champagne and wine on the return journey. The package, which
departs from London Victoria, is priced at $530 per person. For
more info, visit www.orient-express.com.
TOURCRAFTERS unveiled a four-night Istanbul
Hot Deal package for $229 per person, double, from Nov. 1 to March
31. The package includes accommodations at the Hotel Avicenna,
airport transfers and daily buffet breakfast as well as a full-day,
guided walking tour of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the
Grand Bazaar in Old Town. Also included are a half-day walking tour
of the Spice Market and a cruise along the Bosporus. The land-only
package is not available Dec. 29 to Jan. 4. To book, go to www.tourcrafters.com.
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