Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Oct. 27, 2004

AIR COMMISSIONS: Auto Europe is offering 12% commission on business-class sale air fares of $2,189 per person, roundtrip, to certain European destinations via US Airways. The firm pays the same on business-class packages to Britain that also include discounted front-cabin air travel, such as roundtrip air to London, with prices from $3,109 (a 45% savings). And, Auto Europe is offering 10% agent pay on coach air fares. For more information, call (800) 835-1555.

SHOP TIL VOUS DROP: The Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France, hopes to lure U.S. shopaholics to the citys annual Shopping Festival, to be held Jan. 5 to 15 with a special rate of about $225 (185 euros) per room, double occupancy, with breakfast included, for the duration of the event. From Jan. 5, more than 700 boutiques in Cannes will offer price reductions of 30% to 50%, and clients who spend at least 200 euros (about $245) get an invitation for two to one of seven haute couture fashion shows that will be held in the city. For reservations and information, contact [email protected] or call (011) 33-49 298-7410; or call the Leading Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800 or log onto www.lhw.com.

HOLA, AGENTS: The Tourist Office of Spain and the Spain Tour Operators Association (STOA) will present travel agent seminars on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 in the metro New York area. Representatives of 20 STOA members will join tourist office officials; representatives from regions of Spain including Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country; and U.S. suppliers such as Delta Air Lines and Alamo Car Rental. Agents who attend are eligible for prize trips to Spain. The evening events -- to start at 5 p.m. -- will be held on Nov. 16 in Westchester County at Rudys Beau Rivage in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y; on Nov. 17 in northern New Jersey at Landmark Caterers in East Rutherford, N.J.; and on Nov. 18 on Long Island at Leonards of Great Neck, Great Neck, N.Y. Agents can RSVP to [email protected] or by fax to (866) 314-2494 with contact information, including IATA/Iatan numbers.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE will return to Europe in 2005,but only for two cruises. The Norwegian Jewel, which is under construction at the Bremerhaven, Germany-based Meyer Werft shipyard, will debut in August and offer two European sailings, a 13-day Mediterranean cruise and a 12-day Baltic program before heading to the U.S. on Sept. 4. The Jewel will have its inaugural ceremonies in New York and will sail a series of 11-day Canada and New England cruises before redeploying to Miami for alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

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