Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: July 7, 2004

AGENTS AHOY! The Stockholm Cruising Capital Network -- the cruise-centric joint marketing effort of the Stockholm Visitors Board, Ports of Stockholm, Scandinavian Airlines and other suppliers in Sweden's capital -- redesigned its www.stockholmcruise.com Web site, enhancing the format, adding content and integrating more hot links. The site, which features a rare trade section, now offers local weather, lists of ships in port, a comprehensive search engine and contact information. The trade subsection offers general sightseeing information; info on accommodations, transportation and shopping; and port data such as cruise schedules and facility details.

>NEW E.U. AIR: Estonian Air, based in Tallinn, capital of new European Union member Estonia, starts flying its 14th and 15th regular air routes when it launches thrice-weekly afternoon service from Tallinn to Gothenburg, Sweden, on Aug. 30 and to E.U. capital Brussels, Belgium, as of Sept. 7. Although Estonian Air doesn't fly from the U.S., tickets on the carrier -- a code-share partner of part-owner Scandinavian Airlines -- can be booked with the carrier's U.S. sales office in Miami, at (800) 397-1354. Contact U.S. sales manager Jerry-Max Theophile by phone at (305) 492-9051, fax at (305) 492-9053 or e-mail at [email protected]. For more on Estonian Air, visit www.estonian-air.com.

MUSEUM MILESTONE: An $46 million, 86,000-square-foot expansion of Madrid's renowned Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has added 16 galleries, doubling the museum's exhibition space and enabling the display of 300 new works. Officials expect an additional 200,000 visitors annually. This was the first of three major museum expansions in Madrid to be completed by the end of 2004; the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) are undergoing extensive expansions scheduled to be completed by year-end. For more, visit Madrid's tourism board online at www.munimadrid.es.

LIFE'S A BEACH: Stylish Paris hotel La Tremoille created a summer package to celebrate the fourth Paris Beach event to take place July 15 to Aug. 15. The "beach" is a two-mile-long stretch of sand and palm trees built along along the Seine from the Tuileries to the Pont de Sully. The Paris Beach package offers a guaranteed room upgrade, plus choice of gift: a reversible Burberry hat or sun protection treatments from Clarins. Nightly rates start at about $575 for superior rooms and $765 for suites, inclusive of continental breakfast and taxes. For more on La Tremoille, go to www.hotel-tremoille.com. To book, call (800) 323-7500, send an e-mail to [email protected] or use GDS code PH.

IN TOUCH ON THE ROAD: Clients out of the country don't have to be out of reach now that Avis offers one week's free cell-phone use with car rentals in Europe. With Avis' Stay in Touch program, renters receive a Nokia GSM phone as well as five accessories, such as chargers and ear pieces, one day prior to departure; renters pay all air-time charges, optional insurance and $30 for overnight delivery and return. After the first week, charges are $4.99 per day. To book, call (800) 698-5674.

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