DANISH: The long-awaited new opera house in Copenhagen
opens Jan. 15. The state-of-the-art facility, on Copenhagen Harbor
opposite the picturesque Nyhavn quay, was designed and decorated by
Denmarks top designers. The on-site cafe and restaurant are run by
the former owners of gourmet eatery Divan 2 in Tivoli. For more,
DUTCH: The Stedelijk Museum CS in Amsterdam is home to The
Nest, an exhibition featuring 92 works by 51 Dutch interior
designers, Feb. 18 to May 15. The museum, formerly housed in a
Museumplein facility under renovation until 2008, is temporarily
located in a high-rise tower at Oosterdokskade 5, formerly used by
the Netherlands postal authority. The museum is open daily from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended viewing until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Admission is 9 euros, or about $12. For more, visit www.stedelijk.nl and
click EN on the left.
EAST: Tour operators specializing in central and eastern
Europe are publishing their 2005 brochures. Some new offerings on
" CzechWalking, a division of inbound operator E-Tours, is offering
one cycling and four walking itineraries combining the Czech
Republic with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Tours vary from seven
to nine nights in duration, and land-only prices range from $2,390
to $2,790 per person. For more information or a copy of the 2005
brochure, visit www.czechwalking.com or call E-Tours U.S.
representative, European Walking Tours, at (866) 443-8687.
" American Travel Abroad (AMTA), New York, said it had held most
prices in its new 2005 all-Poland travel planner at last years
levels. For example, the air-inclusive, six-night Magic of Poland
tour costs $1,319 per person from New York or Chicago, same as in
2004. New this year is a two-night Prague Extension, from $479.
AMTA also offers seven other air-inclusive Poland tours ranging
from six to 13 nights in length, and $1,299 to $2,899 in price. The
firm also published a new Europe-wide brochure, as well. For more,
call (800) 228-0877, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.amta.com.
ROSE: Paris and Rome may have more romantic reputations,
but consider London as the Valentines Day destination of choice for
clients this year. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel is
offering a Night of Extravagant Indulgence package, priced from
about $770 per room, per night, Feb. 11 to Feb. 15. Perks include
gifts of handmade chocolates, collectors bottle of Swarovski Rose
Moet & Chandon champagne and La Perla ladies lace slip set
valued at nearly $400. Also on tap: rose-petal turndown service,
scented bubble baths and breakfast in bed. The package is
commissionable to agents at 10%. Call (866) 526-6567 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/london.
" Baltic air carrier Estonian Airlines carried more than
half a million passengers last year, up by more than a third
compared with 2003. The airline, which serves 16 European
cities, has booking offices in Miami but
does not directly serve the U.S. Estonian is, however, a member of
the SAS Group of carriers and a code-share partner Scandinavian
Airlines, which serves New York (Newark), Washington, Chicago and
Seattle. The airline pays U.S.-based agents 7% commission; for
more, call (800) 397-1354 or send an email to [email protected].
" Just across the Gulf of Finland from Estonia, Finnair said it
passed the 8 million passengers-a-year milestone for the first time
on Dec. 22. In total, the Finnair Group of airlines carried more
than 8.1 million passengers in 2004, a record; in 2003, Finnair and
its affiliates carried just under 7 million. Finnair has noted a
rebound in both demand for air travel and actual traffic, with
strongest growth in Asia, according to senior vice president of
marketing Mika Perho.