Travel Weeklys Europe E-letter: Sept. 1, 2004

ROYAL TREATMENT: The Monaco Government Tourist Office will hold free breakfast seminars for travel agents in the Southeast from Sept. 22 to 24. Attendees will receive information on package deals, meet with representatives from some of Monacos premier hotels and learn about sales tools such as the Monaco-Savvy Web-based referral system, the Web Travel Agent Club and the Travel Agent Sales Guide. Seminars will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta on Sept. 21; the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 22; the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sept. 23; and the Sofitel Miami on Sept. 24. To register, visit www.visitmonaco.com/seminar or call (800) 753-9696, ext. 303.

A STRONG FINNISH: The Finnish National Gallery is marking the 150th anniversary of artist Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) with an exhibition of his works at the Ateneum in Helsinki. The show, to run Sept. 3 to Jan. 30, aims to increase the visibility and prestige of Finnish art, said director general Tuula Arkio. Edelfelt was the first Finnish-born artist to achieve international acclaim. For more, visit the Ateneum site at www.ateneum.fi/en or contact the Finnish Tourist Board at (800) FIN-INFO or www.visitfinland.com/na.

SWISS AIR: Codeshare partners American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) said they were more closely coordinating service on the New York-Zurich route to expand travel choices. As of Oct. 31, Americans flight from New York (Kennedy) to Zurich will depart at 9 p.m., instead of 5:20 p.m., while Swiss will keep its competing 6:30 p.m. departure. Westbound, Swiss will move its Zurich departure to New York from 12:30 p.m. to 10 a.m., and American will change its departure from 10:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. The changes do not affect Americans Dallas/Fort Worth-to-Zurich service or other Swiss routes to the New York area.

CZECH IT OUT: Nordique Tours offers its popular packages to Prague, Czech Republic, from $359 per person, double, for travel Nov. 1 to March 31 if booked by Sept. 30. But hurry, space is tight; the Los Angeles area operator has reportedly received some 3,000 agent bookings since announcing the rate. The deal includes round-trip airfare and four nights accommodations, with daily breakfast, at 3-star Prague hotels. Sample prices, based on Wednesday or Thursday departures, are $359 from New York (Kennedy); $409 from Boston and Philadelphia; $459 from Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis and Washington; $509 from Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston and Phoenix; and $574 from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore. Commission information was not available at press time; for more, call (800) 995-7997 or visit www.picassotours.com.

FEELING LUCKY: British carrier BMI put its new thrice-weekly U.K.-bound flights out of Las Vegas on sale for fall and winter travel if booked by Sept. 3. Restricted, roundtrip fares from Las Vegas to Manchester -- and London (Heathrow), via Manchester -- are $399 in economy, $1,199 in New Economy and $3,199 in business class, for travel Oct. 31 to March 31. Onward service to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland is $75 extra, roundtrip, in all classes. For reservations or flight details, call (800) 788-0555.

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