EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMMISSION is forecasting a record tourism
year for 2006, surpassing the record 13.1 million set in 2000. U.S.
arrivals in Europe have continued to climb for three consecutive
years, despite fluctuating exchange rates. Arrivals reached 12.6
million in 2005, up four percentage points from 2000, passing the
ETCs projected 12.4 million. Visitors are showing an increased
tendency to hop from one European destination to another, according
to the ETC, thanks to the proliferation of low-cost European
carriers. In addition, Northern Europe
and the Mediterranean were among the top destinations for U.S.
cruise passengers last year, with ports in the Mediterranean, in
particular, gearing up to face increased demand.
EUROPE unveiled an Agent Companion toolbar that, once
installed on the agents browser, gives the agent quick access to
all the major pages of the Rail Europe agent site. Those resources
include airport delays and codes, city maps, weather, tourist
office information and currency exchange rates as well as Rail
Europes rail pass and rail ticket booking engine. Agents who book a
rail pass before June 15 will receive a 25% credit toward the price
of another European rail product, either a pass or tickets, booked
later in the year. The second purchase, which must be made between
Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, must have a value of at least double the
credit. For more info or to book, visit http://agent.raileurope.com.
BOOK an Avis car rental for their Europe-bound clients by
June 30 for travel between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 save 10% off the
rental price. The offer is available by calling (800) 331-1084 and
referencing AWD# D730300. European leisure rentals are
commissionable from 10%, and agents can also receive cash
incentives on Discover Europe rentals through its travel agent
program, Club Red. To book, visit www.avisagent.com.
VACATIONS is targeting the upscale family market with a
chartered-yacht summer-vacation experience in the Greek islands. A
weeklong itinerary onboard the 100-foot Nitta IV includes airport
transfers via Mercedes-Benz sedan, champagne reception, seafood
picnics and onboard dinners as well as stops in the Cyclades
Islands, Santorini and Syros. The package is priced at $85,000,
including transfers and meals; air is additional. The charter
component is commissionable at up to 10%; commissions on additional
travel components vary. To make reservations, go to www.classicvacations.com.
TOURS created a four-night Ireland package, including car
rental and a final nights stay at the five-star Adare Manor Hotel
& Golf Resort, for $279 net. Other features include a
first-nights stay at the Clare Inn with Irish coffee welcome
reception and a choice of Irish farmhouse bed-and-breakfasts
accommodations for the other two nights. Also included are a tour
of the Waterford Crystal Factory and 10% discount at the retail
shop. Rates are per person, double, not including air. For more
information or to book, visit www.SceptreAgent.com.
Phone: (781) 659-1301
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