Europe

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.
The Alpina Gstaadis is nestled on five acres in Oberbort in the heart of the Bernese Alps.

A Flurry of Unforgettable Ski Experiences

This ski season brings a flurry of unforgettable ski experiences including a luxurious stay at a mountain resort in California, a ski safari in the Swiss Alps and a ski trip in the French Alps that includes a shopping excursion in Italy.
Artisans of Leisure's Culinary Tour of Japan features cooking classes and behind-the-scenes tours of bakeries, wineries and orchards. (Photo credit: Artisans of Leisure)

Culinary Travel Gets the Artisanal Treatment

Artisans of Leisure has announced 12 new culinary tours for 2016. The customized private tours offer food-focused travel and unique gastronomic experiences in locations such as Japan, India, Mexico and Sicily.
Jeff Clarke, president & CEO, Travel Impressions.

Travel Impressions: Going All Out for 2016

"What is our relevance in the marketplace?" That's what Jeff Clarke, president and CEO of Travel Impressions, asked a ballroom full of travel consultants earlier this morning during Travel Impressions' Best of the Best general session.

Q&A With Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s New CEO Filip Boyen

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is sporting a new look under the helm of a new CEO for its 25th anniversary year.
The Vatican in Rome

Travel Bound Groups Launches New E-Booklet Featuring Faith-Based Tours

Travel Bound is targeting the religious group market segment with the launch of Travel Bound Groups’s new e-booklet featuring pre-packaged, faith-based tours.

Allianz Global Assistance: Statement on Travel Insurance Coverage for Trips to Paris

Dan Durazo, Allianz Global Assistance's director, communications, USA has shared the following information and statements regarding travel insurance for upcoming trips to Paris in the wake of last Friday's tragedy.
The walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Avanti Reveals 2016 European FIT Tours

Avanti Destinations released its 2016 Essence of Europe brochure on Monday, and we’re excited to let you in on what the FIT tour operator has in store for the new year.

Eye on the World: Valencia, Spain

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time. For my first rendezvous with Europe, I had the opportunity to explore Spain—specifically Valencia—as a guest of the Tourist Office of Spain.

Festive Holiday Hotel Packages

Your clients can wrap the gifts of merriment, indulgence and relaxation this holiday season with these festive holiday hotel packages.
The highlight of MIR Corporation's new Russian Winter Wonderland tour is a lavish New Year’s Eve Czar's Ball in Catherine’s Palace.

MIR Corporation’s Russian Winter Wonderland Tour

MIR Corporation is heralding in the New Year with its new Russian Winter Wonderland tour.

Baglioni Hotels Bring An Unforgettable Italian Touch

What began as a gratifying challenge for Roberto Polito, founder of the luxury Italian hotel company Baglioni Hotel Group, later became his life’s work.
CroisiEurope’s Christmas on the Loire holiday cruise includes a special Christmas Eve dinner in the Loire Princesse Restaurant. (Photo credit: Haubtmann)

Celebrate Christmas Aboard CroisiEurope’s MS Loire Princesse

Celebrate six days of the most wonderful time of the year aboard CroisiEurope’s MS Loire Princesse and receive a special $917 discount when traveling with a companion.

Major Cruise Lines Announce 2016/2017 Itineraries

AmaWaterways, Crystal Yacht Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises have all announced new itineraries scheduled for their upcoming cruise seasons.
Reservations for Silversea Cruises' new Silver Muse vessel opened this Monday. 

Reservations for Silver Muse Are Now Open

Reservations for Silversea Cruises' new 596-passenger Silver Muse luxury ship opened this Monday.
European Waterways and Silversea Cruises early booking discounts on 2016 cruises end Dec. 31 and Dec. 10, respectively. 

Early Booking Discounts

Silversea Cruise and European Waterways are both offering early booking discounts on 2016 cruises.

England’s Cumbria Lake District

In the November issue, Deserae del Campo wrote a first-hand review of Manchester, England. During her time there, she also visited England's Cumbria Lake District. Here's a quick take-away from her day trip to this area of England.
New and returning Country Walkers' guests can save up to 10 percent on all 2016 trips, including the new Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic guided walking tour.

Country Walkers’ 2016 Savings and Tours

Country Walkers is offering up to 10 percent in savings on all 2016 tours for bookings before Dec. 15, 2015 using the promo code PRESS.

Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

At the edge of Western Europe lies one of the longest coastal touring routes in the world—Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way—a 1,553-mile-long stretch of rugged coastline dotted with beaches, harbors, headlands and quaint towns and villages that beg to be explored.

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