France: Tourist Office Information

The French Government Tourist Office operates a nationwide hot line exclusively for travel agents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. The nationwide number is (202) 293-6173.

France on Call, a public information service, has a new number: (202) 659-7779. The 900 number has been discontinued.

Following are the FGTO offices in the U.S.:
Chicago: 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3360, Chicago 60611; (312) 751-7800; fax (312) 337-6339; e-mail: [email protected]

Los Angeles: 9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 715, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90212; (310) 271-6665; fax (310) 276-2835; e-mail: [email protected]

New York: 444 Madison Ave., 16th floor, New York 10022; (212) 838-7800; fax (212) 838-7855; e-mail: [email protected]

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The French Government Tourist Office provides a wealth of information for agents, which may be requested through the agent hot line or any FGTO tourist office.

Focus on France. This newsletter comes out every two months with a variety of useful news and tips.

France Discovery Guide. Offers detailed information and ideas.

France Insiders' News. A quarterly supplement to the Discovery Guide, it has a new format this year with updates on hotels and events.

Easy Reference Guide. This guide provides information about more than 200 tour operators that cover France. An extra section listing hotel representatives is planned for this year.

Theme Guides. These are available on topics such as golfing, angling and youth tourism, as well as regional brochures which include hotel and restaurant listings.

Eastern France Sales Manual. A new one will be out in August. Brochures for this region highlight food and wine holidays, boating and cultural heritage.

West France Sales Manual. Includes such popular destinations as Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley.

France for the Jewish Traveler. An invaluable aid in planning Jewish heritage itineraries.

Each region and department has its own Web site, as do many museums, hotels and restaurants. A complete listing is available from the FGTO; the Web address is www.francetourism.com.

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