Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: July 21, 2004

PARIS EN ETE: The Hotel de Crillon on Paris' Place de la Concorde is offering Summer Package rates that include nightly accommodations, buffet or continental breakfast, daily newspaper and all taxes and service fees. From July 16 to Aug. 14, per-night room rates are: superior, approximately $647; deluxe, $732; executive, $891; and junior suite, $1,061. From Aug. 15 to Sept. 30, rates run: superior, $683; deluxe, $781; executive, $927; and junior suite,$1,146. Agent commission is 10%. Contact the hotel direct at www.crillon.com or (011) 33-14 471-1500; Concorde Hotels at (800) 888-4747 or www.concordehotels.com; or Leading Hotels of the World at www.lhw.com or (800) 745-8883.

NOUS, TOO: Also in the French capital, the new 97-room Plaza Paris Vend'me luxury hotel is offering exchange-rate weary Americans guaranteed U.S. dollar rates for 2004. Superior rooms are $335; deluxe rooms, $420; and junior suites, $500. Rates are per night, based on double occupancy, include tax and service charges, and -- during July and August -- also include full breakfast. See www.plazaparisvendome.com or call (011) 33-14 020-2000.

DEPARTURES: Air France as of Sept. 6 will suspend daily service between Paris and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), citing "record-high fuel costs and a structural deficit." However, its SkyTeam partner carrier Delta Air Lines will continue offering one flight per day on the route.
• In other transatlantic air news, BMI will fly between Las Vegas and Manchester, England, thrice weekly starting Oct. 31, with introductory round-trip airfares beginning at $499. The carrier also serves Chicago and Washington from Manchester.

TURKISH DELIGHT: Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts opened the first of three hotels under development in Turkey, the Radisson SAS Hotel Ankara, in the Turkish capital. The hotel has 153 guest rooms, 30 executive rooms and 19 suites -- all with Internet access. Opening rates start at about $105 per night. Radisson SAS has one other hotel in Turkey, the 245-room Radisson SAS Conference and Airport Hotel in Istanbul; the company is also developing two other properties in that city.

BEFORE SHREK ... there was the Ugly Duckling. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, reopened after a two-year renovation and expansion effort. Featured Andersen memorabilia include his clothing, paper cutouts he made and hundreds of personal items and documents. Next year has been named the year of Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author's birth. Visit www.odmus.dk.

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