Europe

Valencia’s Central Market is open daily.

Onsite Review: Lovely Valencia

Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, after Barcelona and Madrid, has plenty of cultural and family-friendly activities, as well as great eats.

Get Amplified With Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Hotels has launched its Amplified package, available at all 23 properties worldwide, including domestic locations in Florida and California, and international destinations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.

Germany’s Going Green

Germany’s showcasing her great outdoors this year in a global campaign, Holidays in the Heart of Nature, promoting getting to know and enjoy her 130-plus national landscapes, embracing 16 national parks, 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves and 104 nature parks.

The Tour Awakens in a Continent Far, Far Away

Zicasso has unveiled The Tour Awakens, a Star Wars-inspired private tour that visits the filming locations of the latest installment of the film series.

Sceptre Offers 35 Percent Commissions for 35th Anniversary

Sceptre is offering the biggest agent commissions in the company’s history in honor of its 35th anniversary.

Deux is Better Than One: Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio Debuts in France

Tribute Portfolio, Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels, is making its France debut with the addition of the Le Metropolitan hotel and the nearby Le Dokhan’s hotel in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris.

The Baltics and Russia FAM

International Travel Experts has announced its line-up of all-inclusive FAM trips for 2016, including the Baltics and Russia.

An ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ Summer Vacation 

For a unique trip driven by local experiences consider the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa's new Under the Tuscan Summer package, available through Aug. 1 for travel May 1 to Aug. 31, 2016.

The Perks of Being an Agent

Journese, a member of Pleasant Holidays' portfolio of luxury brands, has launched its Exclusive Perks campaign offering agents the opportunity to extend their clients a range of value-added amenities, from resort credits and complimentary nights to spa treatments and complimentary cabana use at select premier resorts.

Around the World by Private Jet

Abercrombie & Kent’s new Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic itinerary explores far-flung destinations from the French Polynesia to Iceland in a 26-day off-the-beaten-path private jet tour.

A Luxury Sleeper Train Debuts in Ireland

Belmond is debuting the first ever luxury sleeper train in Ireland, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, this August.

A Refreshing Sampling of Mediterranean Cruises

Silversea Cruises recently refreshed its Mediterranean offerings by upgrading select 2016 itineraries to the popular cruise destination and adding specialty voyages to these routes.

Innovation at Sea

Whether it's building a naturally powered ship with the largest guest capacity in the world or utilizing the latest technology to satisfy guests' needs, there's no shortage of innovations coming from the Genoa-based Costa Group, whose Costa Cruises line, interestingly enough, began as a party cruise—it's come a long way, baby.

Sip Wine and Hang With Royals

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched two new themed cruise programs for 2016—the Monarch and Connoisseur Collections—in its European portfolio.

Q&A With Rail Europe’s Zine Belhonchet

Rail Europe is on a roll. Last year, Rail Europe, Inc. consolidated with Rail Europe 4A to form one business unit, in addition to launching a new version of its app—but the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide isn’t stopping there.

Cox & Kings Offers New Flexible Pricing

Cox & Kings is offering new flexible pricing and travel options on its 2016/2017 itineraries for clients wishing to customize their tours ever further.

A “Game of Thrones”-Inspired Tour in Croatia

To celebrate the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Select Croatia is inviting fans of the fantasy series and history buffs to Dalmatia for a tour of the locations depicted in the hit TV drama.

JetBlue and XL Airways France Launch Seasonal Flights

JetBlue’s seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) began Jan. 14 and will operate through May 1.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa.

Tres Chic

Star-studded runway show of new European hotels

Winter Retreats For a Chilled Season

Winter travelers are invited to embrace the snowy season with these three unique getaways.

Butterfield & Robinson Launches New Journeys for 50th Anniversary

To mark its 50th anniversary, Butterfield & Robinson dipped into its archives and pulled a few itineraries to use as the inspiration for new journeys.

Q&A With Central Holidays CEO Gianni Miradoli on Outdoor Journeys’ Expansion

For Outdoor Journeys, Central Holidays’ active vacations brand, authenticity is one of many key components necessary to providing the type of active travel experience guests will want to write home about and experience again...and again.

Delta Vacations Adds Experiential Tours and Activities in Italy

Delta Vacations has added new commissionable cooking classes and walking tours in Italy to its product line, noting continuous year-to-year growth in sales of tours and activities in Italy and throughout Europe.

MSC Cruises Suspends Turkish Ports of Call

MSC Cruises announced its decision to suspend its Turkish ports of call today due to guests’ growing concern about the safety of the country following last week’s deadly terrorist attack in the capital city of Istanbul.

Getaways Made for Two

Traditional and non-traditional Valentine's Day festivities get a unique twist in these over-the-top getaways made for two.

Travel Bound Offers Incentives on Beach Collection

Travel Bound has launched its new Beach Collection 2016 and is offering vacation incentives to agents who make a booking from any of the featured destinations.

Costa Cruises Reveals Themed Cruise Tours 

Costa Cruises has revealed the details of 10 themed vacation packages for 2016, which combine an immersive destination experience with a weeklong Mediterranean cruise.

Ponant Unveils 2016/2017 Itineraries 

Set sail for South Africa and the Indian Ocean with Ponant, which has announced three new cruises for winter 2016-2017.

Tours Across the British Isles

Kensington Palace, Edinburgh Castle and the former Irish Houses of Parliament are just a few of the famous sites your clients can look forward to seeing on these walking and small group tours on the British Isles.

AC Hotels by Marriott To Open 22 Design-Led Hotels

AC Hotels by Marriott recently announced its plans to open 22 new design-led hotels around the world in 2016.
Ski.com's new Resort Finder tool allows agents to view a side-by-side comparison of the up to three resorts.

Ski.com Launches New Travel Agent Website

Ski.com recently launched a new website for travel agents with online tools and resources that make it easier for agents to quote, book and manage their clients’ ski vacations.

Eye on the World: Thuringia, Germany

Thuringia is both the green heart of Germany and the old stomping ground of some of Germany's greatest minds.

Europe 2016

Europe continues to exceed expectations for vacationers with innumerable experiences for both first-timers and devotees. Hopscotching across the continent, here’s a roundup of what to see and do, and a sprinkling of places to call home for a few nights.
Air France's Boeing 777-200.

Air France Launches New York to Paris Service

This summer Air France is launching a new service to Paris Orly Airport (ORY) from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
CostSaver offers a 7-day Jewels of Italy itinerary that includes a visit to Venice.

Value Travel

A value tour to Europe doesn’t mean skimping on top-notch experiences, and with the strong dollar holding its own against the euro, today’s value tour is very different from what it was even a couple of years ago.
Koblenz, Germany.

Emerald Waterways’ New Agent Incentive

Emerald Waterways’ is offering agents a complimentary 8-day river cruise for two when they book three Emerald Waterways European or Southeast Asia river cruises with 2016 departures.

German and Israeli Tourist Boards Team Up

The German National Tourist Office (GNTB) and the Israel Ministry of Tourism are teaming up to promote spiritual travel to Americans in an effort to increase tourism from the U.S. in both countries.

Crystal Cruises Unveils All Exclusive Brand Campaign

Crystal Cruises’ CEO and president Edie Rodriguez unveiled the line’s new brand campaign, All Exclusive, aboard the newly christened Crystal Esprit this month, in addition to announcing the company’s plan to expand Crystal Luxury Air.
El Patron’s bar features a corrugated iron bar and reclaimed material from former warships.

El Patron: A Tequila-Themed Hotel Opens in England

El Patron, Europe’s first tequila-themed hotel, is opening next summer on the Isle of Wight in South East England in the historic Charter House.
Enchanting River Cruises 9-day Holland Waterways Tulip Time River Cruise sails Hollands waterways and countryside spring 2016.

Enchanting River Cruises’ Sailing Through Holland

Enchanting River Cruises, operated by Central Holidays, is offering 12 percent commission on its Holland Waterways Tulip Time River Cruise.

Valentine’s Day Getaways To Remember

Your clients can surprise their sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day package to some of the world’s most romantic destinations.

Eye on the World: German Christmas Markets

For approximately five weeks beginning the last week in November through the week of Christmas, cozy market squares and old town centers across Germany are filled with wooden huts selling handmade mementos, the aroma of grilled sausages and holiday spirit.
Le Bristol Paris hotel.

Q&A With Oetker Collection’s New Senior V.P. of Sales & Marketing

Jean-Pierre Soutric was recently appointed the role of senior v.p. sales & marketing for The Oetker Collection, a position he hopes to use as a vehicle to strengthen and grow the organization.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Santorini, Greece.

Variety Cruises’ FAMs

Variety Cruises is offering special rates to travel agents on its winter 2015/2016 and summer 2016 FAM trips.
The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

Starwood Hotels and Design Hotels Expand Partnership

Today, at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in France, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Design Hotels announced the company’s expanded partnership, as well as Design Hotels inception as the 11th Starwood brand.
The 930-passenger, all-veranda Viking Star is making its first Transatlantic journey to Montreal on Sept. 18, 2016.

Viking Ocean Cruises Crosses the Atlantic Into North America and the Caribbean

For the first time in the line’s history, Viking Ocean Cruises will cross over the Atlantic Ocean from Europe into North America and the Caribbean with five new itineraries debuting September 2016.
Avalon Waterways’ Avalon Passion and Avalon Imagery II will make their maiden voyages in Europe in 2016.

Inaugural Cruises Launching in 2016

River cruise ships and premium ships alike are sailing on their inaugural voyages in 2016 to India, Europe and North America.
Guestroom at the newly opened W Amsterdam.

Europe: Looking Ahead

Europe is never one to rest on its laurels, with new vacation experiences awaiting first-timers as well as those North Americans who just can’t get enough of this continent. Let’s take a look at what’s new for next year.

Winter Wonderland Destinations

Encourage your clients to embrace the cold at these winter wonderland destinations in North America, Europe and Eurasia.
Airberlin's weekly non-stop flights from Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco begin next summer.

Delta and Airberlin Expand North American Presence

Delta Air Lines and airberlin are expanding their presence in North America with new services launching next year.

New Crystal River Cruise Itineraries Are Open for Booking

Crystal River Cruises’ new itineraries for its 2016-2018 season are now open for booking.
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