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                                       Go To Greece with AHTOA
                          Experience Greece with the distinguished tour operators of the
                                        American Hellenic Tour Operators Association.
                                                                                                        Jennifer M. Lane

                                                                                                                                       GREEK NATIONAL TOURIST ORGANIZATION ARCHIVES
                  he American Hellenic Tour Operators
                  Association was founded in 1981 to
                  foster greater awareness of Greece as a
                  travel and tourism destination. This
                  non-profit organization's members
                  consist of the United States’ leading
providers of travel to Greece and account for approxi-
mately 80 percent of American travelers to Greece.
Their services span the full gamut of travel products,
from corporate meetings and incentives to cruise and
tour packages, FITs, groups, special interest programs,
yacht and airline charters. Members include:
Amphitrion Holidays, Apollo Tours, Cloud Tours,
Crown Peters, FreeGate Tourism, Homeric Tours,
Mediterranean Dest., Neotours, Olympia Tours,
Ulysses Tours, and Valef Yachts.
  AHTOA is governed by an Executive Committee
which is elected annually from its general membership.
Sub-committees include membership, and ethics.
  Besides promoting integrity in tourism to Greece,
the association remains faithful to its initial
objectives which are promoting quality service to
Americans visiting Greece; ensuring that the traveling
public and retail travel agents receive correct and
timely information on Greece as a travel destination;
maintaining the highest ethical business standards for
all of its members; working in the spirit of true cooper-
ation with suppliers of travel services; and cooperating
to the fullest extent with Greek and American govern-
mental agencies and authorities to further tourism to
  AHTOA is proud to represent most of the finest pur-
veyors of travel products to Greece. Their future aim is
to further educate American travelers and their travel
agents about the limitless travel potential offered by
                                                             Simi is a picturesque, mountainous small island, 21 nautical miles from
  The birthplace of Western civilization enriches the        Rhodes. According to the myths, it was the birthplace of the Three
travel experience at a vast number of levels and reaches     Graces.
untold interests: history, philosophy, archeology, archi-
tecture, mythology, theatre, beaches and boating             Enhancements include the revamped Athens Metro
(cruising, yachting, kayaking), cuisine, walking, cy-       system, new Athens airport (Spata), and restoration of
cling, honeymoons, pilgrimages and much more.               the Acropolis with a new Acropolis Museum.
  Greece's tourism infrastructure reflects the fact that     So Go to Greece and discover these splendors with one
in the Greek language there is no word for "stranger."      of the distinguished members of AHTOA - you'll never
Hotels and villas, roads, ports, attractions and hospi-     see the world quite the same again!
tality in general attract growing numbers of business       AHTOA (American Hellenic Tour Operators Association),
and leisure travelers.                                      info@ahtoa.com, www.ahtoa.com

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                                                           CRUISECLUB HOLIDAYS
                                                           CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
       AMERICAN HELLENIC TOUR                                                              As the New Year begins, the winter tourist
       OPERATORS ASSOCIATION                                                             season in Greece is in full bloom and Cruise
                                                                                         Club Holidays Jan-uary to March 2006 Winter
                MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY                                                     Escape Program has turned out to be very pop-
                                                                                         ular with the seniors market.They are servicing
                                                                                         a large number of retired clients in Athens.
                                                                                           The directors and owners of Cruise Club
   AMPHITRION HOLIDAYS           MEDITERRANEAN                                           Holidays, Christos Sahinoglou and Paul Holeva,
   1506 21st St. NW, Suite100A   DESTINATIONS, L.TD.                                     would like to take this opportunity to thank
   Washington, D.C. 20036        8600 West Chester Pike                                  their travel partners,who for over 25 years now,
                                                           CHRISTOS SAHINOGLOU have supported them in their efforts since
   800-424-2471                  Suite 201
   washdc@amphitrion.com         Upper Darby, PA 19082                                   1981.
   www.amphitrion.gr             800-2-GREECE                                              Back in 1981, when Christos and Paul,
                                 mdl@irbcusa.com                                         ('The Boys'), decided to join forces and
    APOLLO TOURS                                                                         bring their industry experience and love
   1701 Lake Ave., Suite 260                                                             of tourism into CruiseClub Holidays, they could
                                                                                         not have possibly foreseen that their 25th
   Glenview, IL 60025            NEOTOURS, LTD.
                                                                                         Silver Anniversary would find their company to
   800-228-4367                  5100 W.Touhy Ave.
                                                                                         be one of the biggest incoming tour operators
   lfronimos@apollotours.com     Skokie, IL 60077
                                                                                         in Greece.In 2005, CruiseClub Holidays was the
   www.apollotours.com           888-NEOTOURS
                                                                                         largest producer of 3-, 4- and 7-day cruise
                                 info@neotours.net              PAUL HOLEVAS
                                                                                         bookings in the Aegean Sea.Their cooperation
   CLOUD TOURS, INC.             www.neotours.net          with Louis Hellenic Cruises was excellent.Their 2005-06 Winter Escape pro-
   31-09 Newtown Ave.                                      gram continues to do very well.The 28-Day tour is priced from $1,499, in-
   Long Island City NY 11102     OLYMPIA TOURS INC.        cluding roundtrip air from New York. Now is the time to plan a 2006-07
   800-223-7880                  20335 Biscayne Blvd.      Winter Escape Program for seniors.
   info@cloudtours.com           Suite 10                    CruiseClub Holidays has several new events planned for their 2006 travel
   www.cloudtours.com            Aventura, FL 33180        season. First is the exclusive 2006 Steps of Paul Cruise on October 26 with
                                 800-367-6718              embarkation from Piraeus (Athens) calling on Thessaloniki, Kavalla, Dikili,
   CROWN PETERS, INC.            info@olympiatours.com     Kusadasi and Patmos and visiting Verria, Philippi, Pergamon, Sardis,
   34-10 Broadway                www.olympiatours.com      Miletus, Ephesus, Smyrna and Corinth (from Athens).Their Aegean 2006
   Astoria, NY 11106                                       cruise season will be updated shortly with news regarding two new ves-
   800-321-1199                  ULYSSES TOURS, INC.       sels in the Aegean and information about year round cruises from Piraeus.
   crwnpeters@aol.com            645 Fifth Ave.              Their all inclusive Set-Departure-Date CruiseTours, with Louis Hellenic
   www.crownpeters.com           New York, NY 10022        Cruises’ 3-, 4- and 7-Day itineraries include: CruiseTour No.1 Aegean
                                 800-431-1424              Classic; CruiseTour No.2 Aegean Discovery; CruiseTour No. 3 Aegean
   FREEGATE TOURISM, INC.        info@ulyssestours.com     Dream;and with Louis Cruises in Italy,CruiseTour No.4 Italian Wonder with
   585 Stewart Ave.              www.ulyssestours.com      a 7-Day cruise itinerary in the West Med. On all four of these CruiseTours,
   Suite 310                                               they have seven set departure dates in 2006 for groups or Fit’s.
   Garden City, NY 11530         VALEF YACHTS, LTD.          They all offer all inclusive Group Tours which combine Greece with Italy
   800-223-0304                                            and Turkey.These are more flexible,so there are no set departure dates and
                                 7254 Fir Rd.
   mail@freegatetours.com                                  are perfect for groups.Offerings include:Group Tour No.1 with Greece and
                                 P.O. Box 391
                                                           Italy; Group Tour No.2 Civilization and Culture, for Alumni and student
   www.freegatetours.com         Ambler, PA 19002
                                                           groups;Group Tour No.3 with Greece and Turkey;Group Tour No.4 Exclusive
                                                           Steps of Paul cruise; and the brand new Group Tour No.5 to Italy with a 7-
   HOMERIC TOURS, INC.           valef@ix.netcom.com
                                                           Day West Med cruise.
   55 East 59th St.              www.valefyachts.com
                                                             Tours for Performance groups are offered in Greece for orchestras,bands
   New York, NY 10022
                                                           and choirs.There are also Wine and Gourmet Tours,and Sports Tours.
                                                             On their 25th Silver Anniversary, once again Christos Sahinoglou and
   info@homerictours.com                                   Paul Holevas thank all their business partners and look forward to their
   www.homerictours.com                                    50th Golden Anniversary in 2031.
                                                           CruiseClub Holidays, sales@cruiseclub.gr, www.cruiseclub.gr

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LOUIS CRUISE LINES ACQUIRES NEW CRUISE SHIP;                                    Alhambra Palace in the city of Granada.The ship then sails to Morocco
ANNOUNCES NEW ITINERARIES AND SPECIALS                                          and the city of Tangier where there is the chance to participate in an un-
                                                                                forgettable excursion and experience the "Fantasia show." The final des-
                                                                                tination is Palma de Mallorca on April 30 where travelers stay overnight
                                                                                on board the vessel.The return back to Cyprus takes place on Monday,
                                                                                May 1, 2006, on specially arranged direct flights.
                                                                                Louis Cruise Lines, www.louiscruises.com

                                                                                SPECIAL MEETING OFFER FROM GRAND RESORT
                                                                                  The Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens,Greece,proudly opens its doors
                                                                                to receive the business traveler by offering its Day Delegate Rate of ap-
                                                                                proximately $179 per person double occupancy or approximately $269
                                                                                per person single occupancy, valid until April 30, 2006.
  The ships of Louis Cruise Lines have sailed the oceans of the world and         The package includes: American buffet breakfast daily; coffee breaks;
pioneered innovative itineraries for over 20 years. Their Greek officers        one lunch; beverage package; meeting room rental with theater style
and crew will offer guests an unforgettable experience, with their gra-         set up; audiovisual equipment; free access to the Business Centre; 24-
cious hospitality and nautical traditions.                                      hour free wired/wireless Internet access; storage area for the main con-
  Louis Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that it has signed an agree-        ference days; space for banners/corporate flags; welcome drink upon
ment (M.O.A.) with Birka Cruises of Finland for the purchase of its cruise      delegate/group’s arrival; welcome reserve bottle of Greek Wine and
ship Birka Princess for $35 million.The vessel is to be delivered within the    bouquet of fresh flowers upon arrival; “Daily Times” newspaper; free
coming month.                                                                   use of outdoor heated swimming pool; free use of sauna, gymnasium
  M/V Birka Princess was built in Finland in 1986 and underwent an ex-          and color-therapy room in BluSpa; and free access to basket, volley and
tensive refurbishment in 1999 at a cost of $26 million. She is 22.412 tons      mini soccer courts. Upgrades are available for bookings of over 50
and has 584 cabins in which she can accommodate 1,537 passengers.               rooms.
This impressively designed cruise vessel, is characterized by its spacious        The hotel rooms feature in room safe, voicemail, internet access, air-
areas and modern systems. Among other features, she has three restau-           conditioning, room service, housekeeping service, satellite TV, pay TV,
rants, various bars, a large show lounge, a nightclub, a number of shops,       DVD on demand, and mini bar. Guest services include butler’s
a specially designed children’s area, congress and conference facilities        service, ticketing/travel services, concierge and guest relation desk,
and an indoor swimming pool and spa center.With seven catalyzers and            beauty salon and barber shop,VIP check in/out, laundry and dry clean-
an air pollution control system installed, Birka Princess is considered to      ing service, special menus, doctor on call, library of CD’s and DVD’s, and
be among the most environmentally friendly cruise ships.                        choice of pillows.
  This new addition to Louis’ fleet will be operating 3- and 4-day cruises        Guests may enjoy the fitness club, outdoor heated swimming pool,
from Piraeus on behalf of Louis Hellenic Cruises, starting this coming          two tennis courts, mini golf, and the beach.
April.The acquisition of Birka Princess is part of Louis Cruise Lines’ strat-     Package is valid until April 30, 2006, for a minimum of two overnights
egy for the renewal of its fleet and the constant upgrading of the prod-        and 50 rooms daily reserved in the Comfort Club. In case of total room
ucts and services it provides.                                                  reduction or alteration per room type, the hotel reserves
  New itineraries for 2006 in the Aegean include short cruises to Greek         the right to change above day delegate package. Package is not valid
Islands such as Mykonos, Rhodes Heraklion and a stop to Ancient                 during bank holidays and citywide congresses, is subject to availabil-
Ephessos (Kusadasi). Holiday cruises from Pireaus also combine fashion-         ity, and does not include local VAT and municipality tax.
able Greek Island visits and a visit to Istanbul,Turkey. Highlights include:    Grand Resort Lagonissi, london@leadinggroupsales.com
Istabul to enjoy architecture such as Agia Sofia; the Ancient Acropolis on
the hill above the town of Lindos; Patmos St. John's Monastery and              MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS TO GREECE
Grotto - the island is known as the site of apocalyptic Revelations of St.        2006 is anticipated to be a very active and profitable year for the Travel
John the Divine; and the Palace of Knosos believed to be the seat of an-        Trade who shall start or continue to sell Greece and her Islands.
cient Minoan culture.                                                           Mediterranean Destinations can help achieve this goal. In collaboration
  In addition, Louis Cruise Lines is offering a special 13-day cruise from      with Louis Cruises, this year MDL is offering an array of cruises in the
Cyprus to Palma, departing April 18, 2006 aboard the Thomson Destiny.           Aegean and the Mediterranean that can be combined with stays in
This cruise sails from Limassol to Heraklion and Piraeus,and continues to       Greece, her Islands,Turkey, Cyprus, Italy or Malta.
the island of Corfu where guests have the opportunity to enjoy the                 Greece is a 12 month destination and to the budget sensitive traveler
Easter festivities,traditions and customs of the island. The ship then sails    she offers attractive packages in the months of March,April,October and
to Africa and the city of Tunis,before departing for Ajaccio and the island     November.Take advantage of the group rates for your groups and incen-
of Corsica. The next stop will be Spain and Barcelona, followed by              tives.
Valencia and Malaga where guests will be able to visit the famous               MDL, 800-2-Greece (247-3323), MDL@ibrcusa.com

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ORIENT-EXPRESS ANNOUNCES "THE BELLINI CLUB"                                   of Orient-Express, Bellini Club members, receive: access to a members’
  General Managers representing all the Orient-Express Hotels, Trains         only on-line tool, which allows them to build customized brochures for
and Cruises hosted 100 top travel agents on February 13, 2005 at              clients with access to the Orient-Express digital image library, property
Charleston Place Hotel to launch The Bellini Club.                            descriptions, itinerary and service suggestions.
   The club is named after the famous fresh peach and champagne                  The web tool also centralizes all hotel information from GDS
cocktail synonymous with the renowned Cipriani Hotel, the first in the        codes to one click e-mail access to the general manager on property;
company’s collection of luxury properties that has now grown to 50            priority on waiting lists; dedicated club secretary and central reserva-
hotels, trains and cruises spanning 25 countries.                             tions help desk; enhanced commission structure; in-agency staff train-
   The by invitation-only club was established to reward top producing        ing sessions and dedicated Bellini Club familiarization trips; and spe-
agents of Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises and to create regu-       cial rates for Bellini Club members and their immediate family at all
lar opportunities for the exchange of ideas and intelligence on the lux-      properties including packages offered through Orient-Express Great
ury travel industry with a goal to enhance and grow business.                 Journeys.
   “We realize there is an enormous range of choice in the luxury seg-           Response to the new club was phenomenal with numerous agents
ment and at the same time recognize that there is a core group of             praising the new initiative. “The Bellini club concept is a perfect way to
travel agents that consistently produce business for the Orient-Express       express how they (Orient-Express) have embraced the travel agency
collection,” said Alistair Ballantine, Director of Marketing, The             community plus their very unique and upscale product line. Saluto,”
Americas. “This group of carriage trade agents cater to the type of           said Anastasia Mann, Corniche Group Inc., Los Angeles, CA. While
client that is for looking for the Orient –Experience, one which authen-      Victoria Boomgarden, of Best Travel Gold, Lake Forest, IL stated, "The
tically evokes the destination while providing a truly 5-star level of ser-   new "Bellini Club" is more than just another "warm-fuzzy" for the re-
vice. We felt it was important to create a club that not only recognizes      tail travel agent. It's a strong statement of the Orient Express commit-
and rewards those top producing agents but also creates a forum from          ment to working with us in partnership toward mutual growth and
which we can receive feed back on our operation, its effectiveness and        success. I see great opportunities for growing our business with this
the changing needs of their clients.”                                         forward-thinking company."
   In addition to an annual meeting attended by all General Managers          Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises, www.orient-express.com

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DISCOVERY WORLD CRUISES                              Klaipeda, Gdynia, and Warnermünde, before           New York to Naples’Capodichino Airport where
OFFERS EARLY BOOKING                                 cruising to Flåm; Gudvangen; Lerwick                a rental car awaits, 5- or 8-days car rental, ac-
SAVINGS                                              (Shetland Islands); Akureyri, Isafjordhur and       commodations at the family-run Hotel Villa
  This summer, travelers who combine any two         Reykjavik in Iceland; and Torshavn (Faroe           Romana in the village of Minori on the Amalfi
consecutive Northern Europe cruise vacations         Islands).                                           Coast,daily breakfast and dinner,and hotel ser-
aboard mv Discovery can enjoy free air, city           Rates for the 30-day cruisetour begin at          vice charges and taxes (the 7-night break in-
sightseeing and added savings. As part of the        $6,050 ppdo.                                        cludes a special farewell dinner, as well).
combination cruise promotion, passengers re-           Norwegian Explorer and Baltic Treasures, de-      Departures from other cities mean higher air
ceive free air transportation from select East       parting July 18, calls at Flåm, Gudvangen, Åle-     fares: Boston, $42; Washington, $66; Atlanta,
Coast cities,a complimentary full-day sightsee-      sund, Olden and Bergen in Norway; plus              $48; Miami, $128; and Chicago, $72.
ing tour in Cambridge, England, and an addi-         Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki         Minori is a convenient base for sightseeing.
tional five percent discount. Vacationers not        and Warnemünde. Discovery will also make a          The postcard-pretty towns of Amalfi, Ravello
from the East can also save with low air add-on      maiden call at Kristiansand, Norway.                and Positano, with their shops and restaurants,
fares of $99 from the Central U.S. and $199            Rates for the 23-day cruisetour begin at          perch along the scenic Amalfi Drive. The an-
from the West Coast.                                 $4,670 ppdo.                                        cient Roman ruins at Pompei and Herculaneum
  As part of Discovery’s hallmark “cruisetour”         Baltic Treasures and Iceland, Greenland &         are a 50-minute drive inland, and the island of
program, each combination cruise includes a          Ireland, departing July 26, include the ports of    Capri is a boat ride offshore. The 4-star Hotel
two-night hotel stay in London before depar-         Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki,      Villa Romana, named for a nearby first-century
ture. Seven itineraries, sailing round-trip from     Warnemünde, Reykjavik, and Cobh (Ireland).          Roman villa, is known locally for its fine
Harwich, England, showcase the scenic splen-         Greenland ports will include Nuuk, Ilulissat,       Mediterranean cuisine.
dors of Norway and/or the capitals of                Narsarsuaq and Sisimiut.                              All prices are ppdo, are subject to availability
Scandinavia and Russia.                                Rates for the 33-day cruisetour begin at          and do not include airport taxes or fuel sur-
  Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Capitals, depart-      $6,580 ppdo.                                        charges. Reservations must be paid for within
ing May 24, 2006, includes Norway’s coastline          Discovering the Fjords and St. Petersburg &       72 hours.
and the cities of the Baltic. Ports in Norway in-    the Northern Capitals, departing August 24, is      TourCrafters,       800-482-5995,             www.tour
clude Gudvangen, Flåm, Ålesund, Hellesylt,           three days in St.Petersburg.Ports of call include   crafters.com
Geiranger, Bergen and Copenhagen, plus               Flåm, Gudvangen, Ålesund, Olden, Bergen,
Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Stockholm,              Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn,
Warnemünde (gateway to Berlin) and St.               Klaipeda, Gdynia, and Warnemünde.
Petersburg.                                            Rates for the 25-day cruisetour begin at
  Rates for the 23-day cruisetour begin at           $4,797 ppdo.
$4,330 ppdo.                                           Discovery World Cruises is also offering two-
  Baltic Capitals and Land of the Midnight Sun,      for-one savings and free air on a 23-night
departing May 31, includes Copenhagen,               cruisetour, departing May 13, 2006. The line’s
Helsinki,Tallinn, Stockholm, Warnemünde and          Grand Voyage to Scandinavia begins in Nassau,
St. Petersburg, with visits to Flåm, Gudvangen,      then visits Grand Turk; Horta and Ponta
Ålesund, Tomsø and Leknes. The highlight is a        Delgada, Azores; Harwich; Flam, Gudvangen,
visit to Norway’s North Cape, stopping at            Alesund, Helleslyt, Geiranger and Bergen.
Honningsvåg, where the sun does not set for            Rates start from $6,195; the second guest
the season.                                          pays port charges and airfare.
  The 26-day cruisetour is priced from $5,340        Discovery World Cruises, 866-623-2689,                  www.marbellaoptions.com
ppdo.                                                www.discoveryworldcruises.com
  Land of the Midnight Sun and Baltic
                                                                                                                        Tailor Made
                                                                                                                     Marbella Holidays
Discovery, departing June 12, sails to Ålesund,      TOURCRAFTERS ANNOUNCES                                              Top quality
Honningsvåg, Tomsø, Leknes, Flåm and                 BARGAIN PACKAGES TO THE                                    Villas, Apartments, Hotels
Gudvangen. Ports include Copenhagen,                 AMALFI COAST                                                     Online Booking
Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Klaipeda, Gdynia,        TourCrafters has organized two bargain-
                                                                                                              Local customer service center
Warnemünde and three days in St. Petersburg.         priced breaks to Italy’s Amalfi Coast through               with concierge service
  Rates for the 28-day cruisetour begin at           March 30: a 5-day/4-night package for $658
$5,721 ppdo.                                         and an 8-day/7-night package for $729.
  Baltic Discovery and Fjords, Faroes, Fire & Ice,   (Four people traveling together and sharing a
departing June 22, includes three full days in       car will pay only $569 each for the 4-night
                                                                                                                     Centro Comercial La Poveda. Bloque 3-1,
St. Petersburg. Baltic ports include                 package.)                                                        Ctra de Cadiz, Km 178. 29600 Marbella
                                                                                                               Spain Tel: +34 95 2859910 • Fax: +34 95 2859911
Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn,              Both packages include round-trip air from                   UK 0870 141 7380 • USA 1 800 293 9709

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COLLETTE VACATIONS UNVEILS                             BEST OF ISTANBUL WITH                                mately $431 per room, per night.
‘FROM THE ALPS TO DUBROVNIK’                           FLO USA                                                The Merry Month of May Getaway, available
TOUR                                                     FLO USA presents their Best of Istanbul pack-      April 28 to May 1 and also May 26 to May 29,
  Collette Vacations is now offering a new 14-         age for 7-days/5-nights starting from $729.          2006 (Memorial Day Weekend), features ac-
day fully escorted tour From the Alps to               Tour departs every Wednesday and returns             commodation in a Classic room, double occu-
Dubrovnik, with departures starting in May             every Tuesday from April 1-December 31.              pancy; full English breakfast for two; and late
2006. Sample air inclusive rates ppdo start at         Package includes: round-trip airfare from JFK        check-out at 2 p.m. from approximately $413
$2,149 from New York.                                  to Istanbul; arrival and departure transfers;        per room, per night.
  The countries of Croatia and Slovenia offer a        welcome cocktails; five nights hotel accommo-          Prices for both packages are inclusive of VAT
wide variety of world-class sights and From the        dation with daily breakfasts (except deluxe          and service charges and subject to availability.
Alps to Dubrovnik is a tour highlighted by three       package); one full day Istanbul city tour with       Dukes Hotel, 800-381-4702, bookings
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Emperor               entrance fees; deluxe air conditioned motor          @dukeshotel.com, www.dukeshotel.com
Diocletian’s Palace in the Adriatic city of Split is   coach; licensed English speaking tour guide; all
an ancient complex of walls, courtyards, and           service fees and taxes; and travel documents         TWO CONFERENCES SECURED
buildings sprawling through the old town; the          kit (FLO USA travel bag, neck rest pillow).          FOR VIENNA AT START OF YEAR
Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Plitvice           FLO USA, 888-435-6872, info@flo-usa.com,               Two major events were successfully bid for in
Lakes.                                                 www.flo-usa.com                                      the first month of the year at the Vienna
  Collette travelers will enjoy a presentation of                                                           Convention Bureau.The events are set to gen-
the world-famous Lipizzaner horses at the              SPRINGTIME IN LONDON AT                              erate some 47,000 overnight stays in the
Lipica Stud Farm; take a cruise to the Istrian         DUKES HOTEL                                          Austrian capital in 2007.
peninsula to explore Brijuni Island, former                                                                   The European Academy of Dermatology and
Yugoslavia leader Tito’s paradise; and gain in-                                                             Venereology (EADV) will be holding its annual
sight into the local people and their culture                                                               congress at the Austria Center Vienna from May
during a culinary feast in the culturally-rich                                                              16-20, 2007 and attracting between 6,000 and
Konavle region.                                                                                             7,000 dermatologists. In autumn, the interna-
  Croatia and Slovenia are also great pivot                                                                 tional media scene gathers at the Reed
points for excursions to more “traditionally-vis-                                                           Messezentrum (October 8–11) for the EXPO
ited” neighboring European countries like                                                                   staged by IFRA, the international association
Austria,Italy,and even Hungary.Many travelers                                                               for newspaper and media publishing.The exhi-
have heard of Dubrovnik but beyond that                                                                     bition, accompanied by specialist lectures, will
know very little about the Adriatic coast, in-                                                              boast an attendance of some 9,000.Vienna was
cluding the historically rich, alpine country of                                                            given an exceptionally high vote of confidence
Slovenia—which was once part of Yugoslavia.                                                                 during the bidding process, being the pre-
Fewer still are familiar with the geographic lo-                                                            ferred venue of almost two thirds of the orga-
cation of the Adriatic region and its close prox-                                                           nization’s decision-makers. A significant factor
imity and easy accessibility to other interests in                                                          in Vienna’s favor was the infrastructure and fa-
Europe.                                                                                                     cilities that the Reed Messezentrum is now
  With Collette Vacations, your clients will de-         Celebrate a long weekend in London with            able to offer. Yet the city itself and the Vienna
part the resort town of Bled for the Bavarian          special value-added packages at Dukes Hotel,         Convention Bureau were also enthusiastically
Alps and a tour of Salzburg, Austria.The tour of       available for Easter, the last weekend in April,     praised. Notably Reiner Mittelbach, Chief
Old Town includes such sights as the Cathedral,        and Memorial Day Weekend.                            Executive Officer of IFRA,said in a press release:
Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens.                Occupying its own courtyard in a quiet corner      “The city appeals equally to the emotions and
From Austria, clients will make their way to the       on St. James's Place between Mayfair and             the intellect,”while the association’s exhibition
city of Munich, Germany, where a final get-to-         Green Park, Dukes Hotel is an award-winning,         organizer emphasized:“The services provided
gether will be at a special Farewell Dinner with       privately-owned luxury property. This classic        by the Vienna Convention Bureau were a major
fellow travelers to commemorate the tour’s             stylish hotel is ideally situated for a weekend in   consideration in our choice of Vienna in 2007.”
end.                                                   London with easy access to the city's finest           According to Christian Mutschlechner,
  Croatia’s combination of easy accessibility,         restaurants, most fashionable shops, galleries,      Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau,
relative affordability, and high quality makes it      theaters, and museums.                               these two events will generate a combined
a ‘hot’ destination for your clients to                  The Easter Weekend Package, available April        47,000 overnight stays for Vienna, resulting in
consider.                                              14 to 17, 2006 features accommodation in a           an induced economic impact of approximately
Collette Vacations, 800-340-5158, web@col -            Classic room, double occupancy; full English         $29 million.
lettevacations.com,      www.collettevaca -            breakfast for two; a specially designed Easter       Vienna Convention Bureau, convention@
tions.com                                              Egg, and late check-out at 2 p.m.from approxi-       vienna.info, www.vienna.convention.at

                                                           E U R O P E
GCB EXPANDS MEMBER                                 rental firms, event agencies and service           2,450 people and will be provided with the
PORTFOLIO                                          providers of the German meetings and con-          latest conference and meeting equipment.
  During the last quarter, the German              vention industry.Preferred partners of the GCB     Extensive gaps in the facade will allow the
Convention Bureau e.V. (GCB) welcomed three        include m:con Mannheim, Maritim Hotels and         daylight to flood the room. The small hall for
new hotels and a convention center as new          the SevenCenters of Germany.                       about 1,000 people offers an exhibition space
members.                                             The GCB interfaces between organizers            and a gallery. Both halls are linked with a
  In Hamburg, the 5-star Raffles Hotel             of meetings and conventions and suppliers          foyer.
Vier Jahreszeiten offers 156 rooms and suites      of the German meetings market, offers                The hotel offers extra capacities for about
as well as five meeting rooms and a confer-        advice and support for planning and organiz-       1,600 people in 21 conference rooms and
ence suite. Founded in 1897, this traditional      ing events, and provides contacts and ad-          meeting suites for events from 20 to 400
luxury hotel has several restaurants and bars      dresses.                                           people.
serving international cuisine to suit every        German Convention Bureau, 212-661-                   The gastronomic concept includes a hotel
taste.                                             4582, gcb@germany-meetings.com, www.               restaurant (550 seats), a bistro (220 seats), a
  Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, Europe's tallest       germany-meetings.com                               beer tavern (120 seats) and a bar (120 seats).
hotel, is located in the immediate vicinity of                                                        The business-level on the sixth floor is
Frankfurt Fair.It has 16 conference rooms,a 24-    MARITIM CORNERSTONE                                equipped with an exclusive VIP lounge. The
hour business center, and one of the city's        CEREMONY AT DÜSSELDORF                             wellness area includes fitness room, sauna
biggest ballrooms with space for up to 1,000       AIRPORT                                            and pool.
guests. Espressivo Cafe & Bar, Tokyo sushi bar                                                          Besides having direct access to the hotel
and the Champions and Arizona restaurants                                                             from the airport terminal, guests will be able
offer a wide variety of international cuisine.                                                        to drive up to the main entrance or enter the
The spa area features a sauna, whirlpool and                                                          building through a passage connecting the
steam room.                                                                                           hotel with the Airport City. The hotel will be
  Fleming’s Hotel Frankfurt-Neue Börse, a                                                             within reach via motorway, plane or train.
 new hotel, has 16 meeting rooms and suites                                                           Location and accessibility of the new Maritim
and a conference space of approximately                                                               Hotel Düsseldorf will help to attract meetings
13,000 square feet suitable both for small                                                            with participants from Germany, Europe and
meetings and gala banquets accommodating                                                              all over the world.
up to 600 people. Guests are lodged in 146                                                            Maritim Hotels, www.maritim.com
rooms and six suites. The hotel also has two
restaurants with a delicatessen area and a                                                            EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE AT WESTIN
wine bar.                                            The cornerstone ceremony for the Maritim         DRAGONARA RESORT, MALTA
  Slated to open December 2007, darm-              Hotel Düsseldorf, the first Maritim hotel in the     The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, is offer-
stadtium wissenschaft + kongresse, a science       capital of North-Rhine Westphalia, took place      ing a 3-night package in the island of Malta
and convention center located in the heart of      on January 19, 2006 on the Airport City            and in the luxury of its new on-the-water
Darmstadt, will be one of Europe's cutting-        grounds at Düsseldorf Airport.                     suites.
edge venues.                                         The hotel, which will open in November             Package includes: three-nights accommo-
   The congress hall, with a space of approxi-     2007, (artist rendering pictured above), will      dation in a one bedroom Dragonara Luxury
mately 12,000 square feet,will seat up to 1,600    comprise 533 rooms including 30 suites and         Bay suite equipped with kitchenette, separate
people, and 20 conference and seminar rooms        one presidential suite. The Maritim group-         living room, two plasma screens, DVD player,
of various sizes will offer space for small        owned engineering office Reinhardt und             surround sound, Jacuzzi bath, sea-view ter-
groups and meetings accommodating up to            Sander Gesellschaft mbH Planung und                races and Westin Heavenly Bed; daily buffet
200 guests. darmdstadtium wissenschaft +           Baubetreuung is responsible for the architec-      breakfast for two at The Terrace Restaurant; a
kongresse is an ideal setting for conferences as   ture and the interior design. This will be the     welcome bottle of Westin wine upon arrival;
well as for presentations, seminars, receptions,   largest congress hotel in North-Rhine              dinner for two inclusive of bottle of local wine
annual general meetings, culture events and        Westphalia with capacities for up to 5,045         and water at Palio's Restaurant; and airport
concerts.                                          people.The construction of the weather-proof       transfers for two.
  The GCB markets Germany as a destination         shell will be taken on by the Koester AG             Price is approximately $450 per person.
for conventions, meetings, events and incen-       Osnabrück.                                           Additional nights including buffet
tives both on a national and international           With this project Maritim once more counts       breakfast for two can be booked for approxi-
level, and is the place to contact for anybody     on its successful concept of "accommodation        mately $305. This offer is valid until April 30,
planning an event in Germany. Its approxi-         and conference facilities under one roof." The     2006.
mately 200 members include leading hotels,         largest hall - constructed like an auditorium      The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, reser -
convention centers and destinations, car           including stage and gallery - will host up to      vations.dragonara@westin.com

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                                                               E U R O P E
MARBELLA OPTIONS GEARS UP FOR SOUTHERN                                             Sights to see in Rome include the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi
SPAIN’S SPRING/SUMMER SEASONS                                                    Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
  As the Southern Spain’s area leading provider of hotels, vacation vil-         in Vatican City, plus much more.
las and apartments, Marbella Options has unique relationships with its             Eurofly currently offers non-stop flights from New York to more
tourism partners, and with its on-site office staffed by a multi-lingual         Italian cities than any other airline and is the only carrier with direct,
team, it can offer a service second to none. It now has a three-year ex-         scheduled service to Palermo.In addition to the new Rome flights,trav-
clusive sales contract for the Vasari Resort, an apart-hotel close to            elers can fly non-stop from New York to Naples and Bologna from $659
Puerto Banus. Perfect for families, with 55 apartments, during the               round trip or to Palermo from $709 round trip.
month of May for $1,484 four guests can enjoy seven nights accom-                Eurofly, www.euroflyvacations.com
modation in a two bedroom apartment with free use of the spa facili-
ties, daily cleaning, and English satellite TV.                                  INTREPID EXPLORES THE ADRIATIC COAST
  The 5-star Hotel Guadalpin Banus will also feature special summer of-            Intrepid Travel is launching three special departures of an Adriatic
fers through Marbella Options and the hotel now has several new room             Explorer adventure, designed to get to know the character-filled
types available including the Presidential Suite with views of the               Croatian stretch of this coastline.
Mediterranean.                                                                     Fresh seafood and Italian-influenced cuisine highlight this region
  Marbella Options and the Hotel Guadalpin Banus have also reached               that is one of the sunniest in Europe. Featuring beaches, rugged cliffs
an accord on price uniformity. Agents will now receive the same rates            and delightful scenery, the network of over a thousand islands and in-
on the Marbella Options site as they would be by contacting the hotel            lets that make this coast so distinctive, offer great opportunities for
directly. The only difference being that when booking via Marbella               Intrepid travelers.
Options, agents will be able to deal with English speakers as well as              New to Intrepid's ever-growing range of European adventures, trav-
have the possibility of booking all the extras that their client require,        elers on the Adriatic Explorer will enjoy 8-days of Adriatic adventure,
i.e. activities, excursions, airport transfers, etc.                             from the dramatic walls of Diocletian's Palace in Split, north past steep
  Marbella Options is also able to offer many of the areas most beauti-          cliffs, olive groves and picturesque scenery and onto the shores of Rab
ful and exclusive villas for vacation, short and long-term rental. Their         Island, where travelers will meet the islanders and learn of their proud
dedicated event-planning department can organize weddings, birth-                heritage. Further north Intrepid travelers will discover the medieval
day parties, family reunions, and corporate retreats and can plan every-         cobble stone towns, vineyards and ancient ruins of the Istrian
thing down to the last detail.                                                   Peninsula before the trip comes to an end in the stone canals of Venice.
  Marbella Options would also like to encourage their travel industry              Price is $810 plus a Local Payment. Adriatic Explorer departs
contacts to become “Marbella Maestros.” They are looking for travel              September 3, 2006, September 17, 2006 and May 27, 2007.
professionals with a knowledge and passion for southern Spain to join            Intrepid Travel, intrepidtravel.com
their network. Contact Marbella Options’ Managing Director, Nicholas
Rhodes for details.                                                              GERMANY GEARS UP FOR THE WORLD CUP
Marbella Options, 800-293-9709, nick@marbellaoptions.com,                          Germany is rolling out the red carpet for visitors from around the
katie@miamioptions. com, www.marbellaoptions.com                                 world with diverse,soccer-related fan festivals,cultural events and spe-
                                                                                 cial exhibitions.
EUROFLY LAUNCHES NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM                                             Momentum is building in Germany's 12 host cities. Preparations are
NEW YORK TO ROME                                                                 in full swing for the special theater events, concerts, exhibitions and
  Eurofly, a leading air travel provider in Italy, is introducing the addition   parties before, during and after the World Soccer Cup from June 9 to
of Rome as a new destination for non-stop, regularly scheduled, week-            July 9 this year.Germany expects over 5.5 million additional overnights
end flights originating from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.The di-          and one million additional visitors in the 12 host cities, as well as towns
rect Rome flights will depart every Friday,Saturday,and Sunday through-          with public viewing areas.
out Eurofly's newly expanded season, from May 11 through November                  The festive atmosphere is enhanced by the fact that all non-commer-
12, aboard brand-new Airbus 330-200 aircrafts from $659 round-trip.              cial organizations, including schools, sports clubs and city and local au-
  "The launch of these non-stop flights to Rome offered three times              thorities, as well as 16,000 Evangelical churches and parish halls, have
each weekend provides travelers with even more opportunities to                  been given permission to show the 64 matches free of charge. Public
enjoy the vacation of their dreams across Italy," said Rosario Mariani,          viewing areas and fan festivals will be held in many towns as well as
GSA for Eurofly USA. "Plus, flying direct with Eurofly means no trans-           the 12 host cities: Berlin- the area around the Reichstag; Dortmund –
fer-airport confusion and more time on the ground to explore their               Friedensplatz; Cologne – Roncalliplatz; Frankfurt – banks of the Main;
destinations of choice- all at affordable rates and with the reliability,        Gelsenkirchen – Glückauf Arena; Hamburg – Heiligengeistfeld;
customer service, and comfort that travelers have come to know from              Hannover – Waterlooplatz; Kaiserslautern – Stiftsplatz; Leipzig –
Eurofly for more than 17 years."                                                 Volksfestplatz; Munich – Olympia Park and finally, Stuttgart –
  Beyond the comfort and convenience offered by these newly sched-               Schlossplatz.
uled flights, there is no surcharge for weekend travel, unlike flights of-       German National Tourist Office, gntonyc@d-z-t.com, www.
fered by other carriers.                                                         cometogermany.com

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GRAND LIVING IN BUDAPEST– CORINTHIA GRAND                                   International Hotel Investments plc and managed by Corinthia Hotels
HOTEL ROYAL’S LATEST ADDITION –                                             International, operators of 20 upscale city and resort properties in
ROYAL RESIDENCE                                                             Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Libya, Malta, Portugal, Russia, The
                                                                            Gambia,Togo,Tunisia and Turkey
                                                                            Corinthia Hotels International (CHI), www.corinthiahotels.com

                                                                            NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE OFFERS SAVINGS
                                                                            ON EARLY BOOKINGS
                                                                              Three of NCV’s Independent Vacations are on sale to early
                                                                            birds – those booking by April 1, 2006 receive reductions of $95
                                                                            to $515 per person on the 12-day “Highlights of Norway,”
                                                                            13-day “Norwegian Holiday” and 17-day “Grand Norway.” The three
                                                                            all-Norway packages are designed for independent travelers who
                                                                            prefer the flexibility of doing their own sightseeing and dining in
                                                                            major cities but appreciate the convenience and cost savings of air-in-
                                                                            clusive cruise tours. Normal pricing, ranging from $2,865 to $5,330
                                                                            ppdo, is reduced to $2,660 to $4,975 for daily departures between
                                                                            March 1 and October 31.
                                                                              The centerpiece of the packages is a 7-day northbound, 6-day
                                                                            southbound or 12-day round-trip sailing along the scenic
  The award-winning Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in the heart of             Norwegian coast visiting 34 ports between Bergen and
Budapest, Hungary, proudly unveiled its latest addition - the Royal         Kirkenes, above the Arctic Circle. All tours include the Oslo Pass
Residence which houses 26 upscale one, two and three-bedroom                and Bergen Card offering free and reduced admission to many
apartments situated at the rear of the hotel, giving an out-of-town feel    museums and attractions as well as unlimited public transportation
to this otherwise city hub location. The Residence project, which took      in those cities. NCV also offers fully-escorted packages with similar
less than a year to complete, is linked to the main hotel building by a     itineraries.
glass-covered walkway.                                                         The cruise portion of each tour, set against a backdrop of fjords
  A veritable ‘home away from home’ the Royal Residence apartments          and snow-capped mountains, takes in Alesund’s Art Nouveau
are available for short, medium and long lets and are fully serviced by     architecture, the Geirangerfjord (April 15–September 14), the
the adjoining 5-star hotel. This, together with the availability of the     university town of Tromso, ancient Trondheim founded by first-
hotel’s wide range of services and amenities, make the Royal Residence      century Vikings and the Lofoten Islands, which stretch like a wall of
an ideal choice for an extended business stay or a perfect family holi-     mountains off the coast. On land, guests stay upwards of three nights
day.                                                                        in first-class hotels in Oslo, Norway’s 1,000-year-old capital, two nights
  Announcing the new project, hotel General Manager Adrian Ellis said       in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one night in Kirkenes
“This is an entirely novel concept for city-center hotels in Budapest, in   (“Norwegian Holiday”). Transportation between cities is on the Oslo-
that it affords prospective guests additional space and privacy in a        Bergen train journey, named one of the “Top 20 Rail Experiences in the
peaceful oasis like ambience more akin to a home setting then a hotel,      World.”
while at the same time allowing them to effortlessly enjoy all the ser-       Popular sights include Bergen’s Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, the Fish
vices and amenities that one associates with a superior hotel of our        Market, the Troldhaugen home of composer Edvard Grieg, the Bergen
standing.”                                                                  Aquarium and Old Bergen and,in Oslo,hundreds of outdoor sculptures,
  The Hotel and Royal Residence are located in the heart of the city and    the 700-year-old Akershus Castle and Fortress, the Viking Ship
in close proximity to the main shopping areas and key places of inter-      Museum, Nobel Peace Center and architecture ranging from medieval
est, making them an ideal base from which to conduct business or ex-        to postmodern.
plore the city’s cultural heritage.                                           Independent Vacations include transatlantic flights from New
  All Royal Residence apartments include a fully fitted kitchen, marble     York, intra-Scandinavia flights as indicated on itinerary, a coastal
bathrooms, and spacious living/dining areas. State-of-the-art facilities    voyage with all meals, first-class hotels with buffet breakfast daily,
include satellite TV, DVD player, phone, fax connections, video tele-       Oslo airport transfers, bus transfers in Bergen, air taxes, port
phone entry system and instant wireless Internet access. For added          charges, and the Oslo-Bergen train trip, the Oslo Pass and Bergen
convenience, a complimentary car berth is available.                        Card. Add-on air fares are available. Offer is not combinable with the
  Apart from the standard luxury hotel services, added facilities for       AARP Member Savings, Senior Savings or other special offers and is
Residence guests include grocery shopping, cooking classes, DVD             only applicable to bookings with no deviations or alterations to the
rental, and also access to the hotel’s new Royal Spa, to be inaugurated     program.
in April of this year.                                                      Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc., 800-323-7436, www.coastal
  The Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal and Royal Residence are owned by          voyage.com

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                                                            E U R O P E
KEUKENHOF GARDENS TO OPEN                             Keukenhof has even more to offer, including       dral in the world and the Mudéjar-style Alcázar.
MARCH 23                                            seven new inspirational gardens, musical            Cordoba has its exquisite Mezquita, once the
  Keukenhof Gardens is busy preparing for           performances in the outdoor theater, the            world’s grandest mosque. Granada features
spring. In 2006, the world's most beautiful         largest indoor lily exhibit in the world,a unique   the Generalife gardens and the magnificent
springtime park will be open from March 23          collection of bronze statues, 10 miles of paths,    palaces of the Alhambra. Ronda, a spectacu-
until May 9.                                        art exhibitions, restaurants, gift shops and        larly-situated pueblo blanco, has the oldest
  Some seven million bulbs will be blooming in      more.                                               bullring in Spain. Cadiz lays claim to the title of
the 80-acre park; in addition a series of indoor    Keukenhof Gardens, www.keukenhof.nl;                Europe’s oldest city and the Doñana National
exhibitions will be organized. Year after year,     Holland, www.holland.com; Netherlands               Park is one of the continent’s largest wetlands.
Keukenhof inspires nature lovers and garden-        Board of Tourism & Conventions, www.                The country’s renowned sherry cellars can be
ing enthusiasts who flock to see the latest in      goholland.com                                       found in Jerez de la Frontera.
garden trends, the park's Japanese and English                                                          Tourist Office of Spain, www.spain.info,
landscape gardens, century-old trees, ponds         ANDALUSIA LAUNCHES                                  www.andalucia.org
and works of art. Children can follow the excit-    CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT
ing 'Bollebozen Route' (an educational adven-       AMERICAN VISITORS                                   TRAFALGAR'S WONDERS OF
ture trail that teaches them about flower             One of Spain’s most intriguing regions is         HELSINKI, ST. PETERSBURG AND
bulbs), explore a maze, visit the petting zoo,      launching a campaign this month to encour-          MOSCOW TOUR
and enjoy the playground.                           age more Americans to visit. The birthplace of        Russia is sure to be one of the hottest desti-
  In anticipation of Rembrandt's 400th birth-       flamenco, tapas and sherry and home to the          nations in 2006. Encourage your clients to dis-
day, 20 children from Leiden planted bulbs in       monumental cities of Seville, Cordoba and           cover the legendary cities of Helsinki, St.
autumn of 2005 to recreate one of the famous        Granada, Andalusia is one of Spain’s most in-       Petersburg and Moscow on a hassle free es-
painter's self-portraits. The 60,000 bulbs will     triguing areas. Tourism officials from this re-     corted vacation with Trafalgar.
bloom in April 2006, forming a huge 'painting'      gion in southern Spain are hoping that “An            Trafalgar's 10-day Wonders of Helsinki, St.
of 33 x 46 feet.                                    Andalusian Affair” will spur even more              Petersburg and Moscow tour showcases the
  Spring is the right season for planting sum-      Americans to visit.                                 country's diverse attractions from the world's
mer bulbs. During the Summer Bulb Weekend             The campaign by Turismo Andaluz, the re-          most majestic metropolises to the famous Red
at Keukenhof,visitors will have the opportunity     gion’s tourism board includes a marketing and       Square.
not only to purchase specially priced summer        advertising campaign created by Green Team            Highlights include: Helsinki, sightseeing in-
bulbs, but also to attend presentations and         Advertising. Ads will run in the New York Times     cludes Finlandia Hall, Senate and Market
demonstrations. Experts from gardening asso-        (print and online), New York Magazine and the       Squares; St. Petersburg, sightseeing includes
ciation and magazine "Groei & Bloei" (Growth        New Yorker, on WQXR Radio and appear on bus         views of the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's
& Bloom) will be on hand to give free guided        shelters and phone kiosks. A new web site,          Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, a visit to the St.
tours in the park.                                  www.andalusianaffair.com will be launched           Peter and Paul fortress, plus a visit to the
  Hats of all kinds will be on display during the   shortly. A sweepstakes, an online campaign on       Hermitage Museum; and Moscow, sightseeing
annual Easter Parade that Keukenhof will host       google and a promotion with Time Out New            includes Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the
on the day after Easter. Participants in this hat   York are also in the works.                         Kremlin Walls and a scenic drive through the
contest and parade show off their handmade            Additionally,Turismo Andaluz has organized        Karelian Forest.
creations, which makes for a cheerful proces-       a co-op initiative with four tour operators:          Trafalgar's 10-day Wonders of Helsinki, St.
sion with a sea of blooming bulbs forming an        Central Holidays, Spanish Heritage, Sun             Petersburg and Moscow itinerary is priced
equally colorful backdrop.                          Holidays and Trafalgar Tours as well as an out-     from $1,499 per person,twin share (land only),
  On April 17, the park will open at 7 a.m. for     reach to the country’s leading “carriage trade”     with inclusions such as accommodation in
early birds to experience how a day at              travel agents that belong to Virtuoso. A            first-class hotels, luxury touring on Trafalgar's
Keukenhof begins. The sun rises, the birds          newsletter and direct mail campaign is being        fleet of modern coaches, the services of an ex-
begin to sing, the flowers open: it's a feast for   targeted to flamenco fans.                          perienced Trafalgar tour director and driver
the senses. And the perfect opportunity for           “Last year Andalusia welcomed almost 19           and many meals including breakfast daily.
undisturbed filming and taking pictures.            million visitors,” said Ana Gomez, General          Departures for this tour are available from
  Keukenhof organizes a wide range of creative      Director of Tourism for the region. “We wanted      April 28, 2006, through October 13, 2006.
workshops for groups.Led by flower specialists      to bring a taste of our culture and cuisine to        Every agent booking for this Europe promo-
and artists, participants can learn how to make     show Americans what we have to offer. We            tion will be entered into Trafalgar's
springtime decorations using spring flowers,or      think they will find Andalusia an intriguing va-    Sensational Agent Sweepstakes where agents
enjoy painting or photography. To make the          cation option,”she explained.                       can win up to $20,000 in cash or a European
day complete, groups can choose to have               Andalusia has been called the “soul”of Spain.     vacation for two plus air.
lunch, and an afternoon tea or picnic, along        Its cities resonate with thousands of years of      Trafalgar, 800-854-0103, www.trafalgar.
with a guided tour in the park.                     history. Seville boasts the largest Gothic cathe-   com

                                                            E U R O P E
SHANGRI-LA ASIA ACQUIRES                            Angelini, Chief Executive Officer and              cruise from Dover to Monte Carlo calling at St.
HISTORIC PALAIS IN PRIME PARIS                      Managing Director of Shangri-La Hotels             Malo, Bordeaux (overnight), Santander, La
LOCATION                                            and Resorts. “We aim to combine Shangri-           Coruña, Vigo, Lisbon, Cádiz, and Barcelona, the
  Shangri-La Asia, parent company of                La’s      renowned        Asian     hospitality,   Relais du Plaza’s head sommelier Didier
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s       accommodations and dining, with the site’s         Thomas will share with guests his extensive
leading luxury hotel group, has acquired            romantic history, privileged location and          knowledge of wine in four tastings, including
the historic palais of Prince Roland                structural attributes, to create another gem in    one focusing on Champagne and another on
Bonaparte with plans to convert it to the           Paris’ crown.”                                     the wines of Bordeaux.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris in late 2008, marking         Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will be joined by the      Jean-Claude Elgaire, head concierge of the
the group’s European debut. The Bonaparte           group’s second European hotel in 2010 with         Plaza Athénée, will share his 47 years of hotel
family mansion in Paris’ 16th arrondissement        the opening of Shangri-La Hotel at London          experience, discussing the ever changing
will be converted into the capital’s first luxury   Bridge Tower, situated in the Renzo Piano-de-      styles of the City of Lights and the “hidden”
hotel fully owned and operated by an Asian          signed London Bridge Tower, projected to be        Paris - from where to shop to where to find the
hotel group.                                        the tallest building in Europe.                    perfect cassoulet.
  The building offers some of the city’s finest     Shangri-La    Hotels         and       Resorts,      Adding a touch of variation to French
views of the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower,      www.shangri-la.com                                 cuisine, the voyage also welcomes aboard
which is a 15-minute walk away. The Champs-                                                            guest chef Frank Stitt from Birmingham,
Elysées and Arc de Triomphe are also within         RADISSON SEVEN SEAS                                Alabama’s acclaimed Highlands Bar and Grill,
walking distance. The mansion is located next       PARTNERS WITH HOTEL PLAZA                          which specializes in mixing the culinary tradi-
to the Iena metro station and set amidst a mix      ATHÉNÉE PARIS                                      tions of the American South with the South of
of residences, businesses, museums and em-            The Radisson Seven Seas partners with the        France.
bassies.                                            Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris for a series of three      On December 11, the Spotlight turns
  The 110-year-old mansion was designed             special food and wine theme voyages this           to Sweets, showcasing several favorite
and owned by Prince Roland Bonaparte,               year. These Spotlight sailings on the Seven        confections (including chocolate) as the Seven
grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. The             Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator in           Seas Navigator sails roundtrip from
historic and architectural integrity of the         May, August and December will celebrate the        Ft. Lauderdale to Princess Cays, San Juan,
building exterior will be maintained and            flavors of ports reached with guest chefs and      St.Thomas, and Nassau.
Shangri-La will work with top interior design-      wine masters of the hotel’s renowned Alain           Aboard the 7-night voyage, guests will be
ers to renew and enhance the inner spaces.          Ducasse restaurant Relais du Plaza.                guided by Christophe Michalak, head pastry
  Guests will arrive at the hotel’s own porte         While sailing Iberia, the Mediterranean and      chef at the Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris and cap-
cochere which fronts a facade with ornate           the Caribbean, the three Plaza Athénée voy-        tain of the 2005 Pastry World Cup winning
grillwork.                                          ages will feature onboard cooking demonstra-       team. Chef Michalak will treat dinner guests to
  Interiors will feature an original grand stair-   tions and wine tastings, Relais du Plaza signa-    his gold medal-winning creation along with
case, fireplaces, parquet and marble flooring,      ture dishes and shore side market visits with      three other signature desserts during the
23 feet high doorways and ceilings, chande-         chefs.                                             cruise. In addition, he will show how to make
liers, mirrors, ceiling frescoes, gold-leaf ac-       Award-winning Relais du Plaza executive          some of his favorite desserts during two cook-
cents and molding enhanced with the                 chef Philippe Marc will join the Seven             ing demonstrations.
Bonaparte insignia. Historic paintings and          Seas Voyager’s May 6, 7-night Funchal                Thierry Hernandez, director of the Bar du
statuary will remain focal points.                  to Monte Carlo voyage as she calls at              Plaza Athénée and named “Best Bartender in
  Accommodations in the seven-story                 Casablanca, Málaga, Palma de Majorca,              Europe,”joins the voyage to stir up a continen-
building will consist of 140 deluxe gue-            Barcelona and Sète (Carcassonne). In cooking       tal twist on some classic drinks,and also show-
strooms and suites, some to include private         demonstrations onboard, the master chef will       case some new libations. From Martini Lollies
balconies.                                          share the savoir-faire of the elegant “brasserie   and Jellied Cosmopolitans to his now-classic
  Two restaurants will include a fine Chinese       chic” cuisine of the Alain Ducasse restaurant,     Rose Royale cocktail, Thierry will take mixol-
restaurant in addition to a rooftop terrace         and offer a five-course signature tasting menu     ogy to new heights and sensations in a series
with a ‘reach out and touch’ outlook on the         in Compass Rose restaurant one evening of          of demonstrations.
Eiffel Tower and river.                             the sailing.                                         Per person fares for the Seven
  Meeting facilities will include a Grand and         The culinary experience will be rounded          Seas Voyager’s May 6 sailing start at $3,247;
Petit Salon and Salon Bleu Boardroom. Also          out with a series of wine tastings and discus-     the Seven Seas Navigator’s August 9 sailing
included will be an indoor swimming pool,           sions about food and wine pairings, and            starts at $4,742; and the Seven Seas
health club, retail space and business lounge.      topped off with Chef Marc leading a shopping       Navigator’s December 11 sailing starts at
  ”This exquisite property is the culmination       expedition during an informal market visit in      $1,998.
of a long search to find the perfect location to    port.                                              Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, 800-477-7500,
launch Shangri-La in France,” said Giovanni           On the Seven Seas Navigator’s August 9           www.rssc.com

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                                                                            E U R O P E
AZORES EXPRESS PRESENT                                         tions and view of the yachts, the channel and      "Romantik Meetings & Incentives 2006/2007."
PACKAGES TO FAIAL ISLAND                                       the vast heights of Pico.                          The relaxed, personal atmosphere and careful
                                                                 Faial has a selection of bed and breakfasts      attention to detail at each of these hotels pro-
                                                               too, many in 18th and 19th century palaces,        vide the perfect backdrop for successful con-
                                                               such as: Azores High in a rural stone farm-        ferences. Plus, a range of imaginative incen-
                                                               house; Vila Belgica located on the hill of         tive programs ensure relaxation and diversion
                                                               Lomba, overlooking Horta; The Casas do             for guests after meetings devoted to facts and
                                                               Capelo near the Capelinhos park; and Quinta        figures.
                                                               das Bunganvillias, featuring farmhouse style         Of the 34 hotels listed in the guide most are
                                                               accommodations on the south coast of the is-       located in Germany, with a few in Italy and
                                                               land of Faial.                                     Switzerland. In line with the Romantik Hotels
                                                                 Regarding cuisine, it is a very fresh            philosophy, none of these establishments is lo-
                                                               experience, what with the combination of a         cated in a large town – a fact that contributes
                                                               local fishing fleet in the middle of the ocean,    to an atmosphere of peace and concentration.
                                                               and a local cattle industry. Be it fish, meat or   However, they are all easily accessible. In addi-
                                                               vegetable, most of what one eats on Faial is       tion to general information on the individual
                                                               produced on Faial, including the Ilha Azul         Romantik Hotels, the biennial Guide contains
                                                               cheese.                                            details of conference deals and attractive in-
   Faial Island (Ilha do Faial) is a Portuguese is-              Despite its harbor (and more Americans still     centive specials for each establishment, which
land forming part of the Azores archipelago,                   sail to Faial than fly there) the island has a     are as varied as the Romantik Hotels them-
in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its area of 67                    newly built airport, with connecting service to    selves. These range from Qi-Gong courses,
square miles increased by one square mile                      Boston, Providence and Oakland, as well as di-     snowshoe races, golf classes, fly fishing,
due to volcanic activity in 1957-58. The island                rect service to Lisbon and most of the other       Ayurveda wellness sessions, cooking courses
center consists of a perfectly shaped volcano,                 Azores islands. Roundtrip airfare and six          and guided wine tastings.
Mount Gordo.                                                   nights hotel accommodations start at $779            The hotels also offer the latest in conference
   Horta’s waterfront watering hole, Peter                     per person on Azores Express. Packages are         technology and facilities,with Romantik Hotel
Cafe Sport, serving sailors since 1918, is fa-                 offered until June 15, 2006.                       conference rooms boasting a comprehensive
mous and rated one of the best bars in the                     Azores Express, 800-762-9995, www.Azores-          range of state-of-the-art equipment.The vari-
world by Newsweek. The cafe's museum                           Express.com                                        ous venues provide an array of highlights to
houses a scrimshaw collection. The walls are                                                                      make any conference an unforgettable expe-
filled with sailing banners and notes for ships                ROMANTIK HOTELS PRESENT                            rience.
seeking crew. Peter also offers whale watch-                   THEIR FIRST GUIDE FOR                                For example, the Romantik Hotel Schloss
ing, led by former whalers, and adventure cy-                  MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES                            Rheinfels in St. Goar has an "Amphitheatre"
cling trips.                                                     From traditional half-timbered buildings to      where the art of oratory can be practiced as it
   There are numerous places to stay on Faial                  historic castles, from Venetian villas to muse-    was in ancient times in Greece. This hotel, an
with the recent opening of two hotels. The                     ums, the Romantik Hotels group offers a wide       award winner for "Best Conference Hotels in
Pousada de Santa Cruz is the first Pousada                     variety of meeting venues to motivate and in-      Germany", offers a well-trained conference
built outside of mainland Portugal. Walled in-                 spire new ideas. For the first time all meeting    team, a multimedia preparation room and a
side a 17th century fort, right on the harbor,                 and incentive venues from the group have           mental relaxation room.
the Pousada offers luxurious accommoda-                        been gathered together in a single guide:            According to Matthias Ganter, who provides
                                                                                                                  a Rhetoric Studio in his art nouveau style
                                                                                                                  Romantik Hotel Bellevue: "Because of their lo-
                                                                                                                  cation, their historic architecture and excel-
                                                                                                                  lent cuisine, Romantik Hotels are particularly
                                                                                                                  suitable for conferences where the aspect of
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             Jennifer M. Lane, Editor                        Linda Rogers, Design Production Manager              vice to guests" are the key differences to "nor-
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800-762-9995                         Cruise Reservations Center         www.orient-express.com
www.Azores-Express.com             800-362-7847
                                                                        Radisson 7 Seas Cruises
Collette Vacations                 www.cruisemed.com
www.collettevacations.com          INCA                                 www.rssc.com
Corinthia Hotels International     Fax: 510-420-0947                    Romantik Hotels & Restaurants
www.corinthiahotels.com            info@inca1.com                       www.romantikhotels.com
Cruise Club Holidays Ltd.                                               Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
sales@cruiseclub.gr                Intrepid Travel                      www.shangri-la.com
www.cruiseclub.com                 866-647-8192
                                   usa@intrepidtravel.com               TourCrafters
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866-623-2689                       Louis Cruise Lines                   www.tour crafters.com
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                                   www.louiscruises.com                 Tourist Office of Spain
Dukes Hotel                                                             www.spain.info
800-381-4702                       Marbella Options
bookings@dukeshotel.com            800-293-9709                         Trafalgar Tours
                                   marbella@marbellaoptions.com         800-854-0103
Eurofly USA                        www.marbellaoptions.com              www.trafalgar.com
                                   Maritim Hotels                       Turismo Andaluz
Flo-USA                            www.maritim.com                      www.andalucia.org
                                   Mediterranean Destinations           Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Fortina Spa Resort                 Greece/Greek Isles/Malta             www.shangri-la.com
info@hotelfortina.com              Turkey/Cyprus/Sicily/Italy
www.hotelfortina.com               800-2GREECE (247-3323)               Vienna Convention Bureau
                                   www.ibrcusa.com                      www.vienna.convention.at
German Convention Bureau
www.germany-meetings.com           Netherlands Board of Tourism         Viking Yacht Charters
                                   www.goholland.com                    800-341-3030
German National Tourist Office                                          greekcruises@msn.com
gntonyc@d-z-t.com                  Norwegian Coastal                    www.vikings.gr
www.comtogermany.com                 Voyage Inc.,
                                   800-323-7436                         Westin Dragonara
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