Travel Weeklys Europe E-letter: April 12, 2006

THE BALTIC FOUR, a marketing partnership of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, will host a series of events for the travel trade in May on the West Coast. Travel agents and tour operators are invited to join representatives of the B-4 nations for a presentation and workshop followed by lunch in Seattle on May 15; Portland, Ore., on May 16; San Francisco on May 18; and Los Angeles on May 19. For more information, call (845) 358-5558 or e-mail [email protected].

RAIL EUROPE will pay travel agents double commission for rail pass bookings through April 30 that are double or more than the amount sold in the same period last year. The commission, good for incremental bookings only, will be paid at the beginning of May and are valid on sales made on http://agent.raileurope.com.  Agents will also receive a $10 gift certificate for products from Amazon.com for all Web orders over $650; supplies are limited.

EUROFLY introduced its 2006 schedule of nonstop flights from New York to various gateways in Italy, including Rome, Naples, Bologna and Palermo, on Sicily.  Flights, which run from May 11 through Nov. 12, start at $599 roundtrip in spring from Kennedy to Rome or Bologna; $659 to Naples; and from $709 to Palermo. Low-season departures from Oct. 28 through Nov. 12 start at $459. Visit www.euroflyusa.com.

THE EUROPEAN TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION, which comprises more than 100 members, picked Croatia as its top choice for travel professionals as the Most Exciting Country (23% of voters) and Best Value for Money (19%). ETOA officials credited the fact that Croatia is not subject to EU VAT and other regulations for its strong showing. The survey was conducted at ETOAs Hoteliers Marketplace. Perhaps less surprisingly, Paris was designated Best for Romance, Italy was named Best for Art and Prague was selected Best of Eating Cheaply.  For more results, visit www.etoa.org.

VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT EXPRESS will operate a new seven-night grand tour through Central Europe in July 2007. The Krakow and the High Tatras tour will include three nights onboard the train and a total of four overnight stopovers in Vienna and in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. Excursions will include Slovakias Spissky Hrad castle, the Royal Palace and Chopin Museum in Warsaw and a tour and gala dinner in Krakow. The itinerary includes all meals on board, accommodations and all off- train tours. The tour is priced from $7,280 per person, double. Call (866) 674 3689 or visit www.orient-express.com.

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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