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,
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
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.