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Newsletter: Europe, 4/30/08

High-tech Sofitel to Open at Heathrow


The Sofitel London Heathrow in London is set to open this June.

Directly connected to Terminal 5 via a link bridge, the 605-bedroom hotel has five towering steel-and-glass atriums and 41 high-tech meeting, event and boardroom spaces, ranging in size up to a maximum capacity of 1,700 or 1,300 for banquets, award ceremonies and product launches. Three boardrooms will have AMX control systems, allowing delegates full control of AV, lighting and climate control at the touch of a button. The hotel's 117 tiered-seat theater will have high-tech cinema projection and sound equipment, as well as an IML Communicator keypad system that allows for instant electronic voting, live text messaging and built-in microphones for question-and-answer sessions.

The hotel's four room categories include Classic, Superior, Luxury and Suites, all with the Sofitel MyBed. ensuring guests the most comfortable night's sleep possible. The Imperial Suite will measure 1,776 square feet in size. Visit

Walk with Wayfarers Through Cinque Terre

The Wayfarers has a new “girlfriends getaway” Cinque Terre, Italy itinerary.

Accommodations are in a former 16th-century Franciscan monastery that has its own wellness spa and beach. Priced at US$3,795 per person, based on double occupancy, the seven-day/six-night walk takes place on September 21-27 (women only) and October 5-11 and includes 6 to 8 miles of walking per day. A single supplement is priced at $470. Visit

Spa Opens at Spanish Parador


The Parador de Santo Estevo, a 10th-century Benedictine monastery in Galicia, Spain, has opened a new 9,600-square-foot spa, which includes a heated indoor pool, cold plunge pool, saunas and steam rooms, an outdoor hydro-massage bath, and a relaxation zone. The spa offers Vichy, bi-thermal Scottish showers, a variety of massages, wraps and a variety of facials.

The 77-room Parador overlooks a chestnut forest and the valley where the Rivers Sil and Miño meet. Double rooms range from about $235 to $270 (148-170 euros). Through December 31, The Parador is offering a package that includes accommodations, breakfast, the spa circuit and VAT, costing from $143 per person, double occupancy, in low season (April through June and October through December, except holidays) to $175 per person, double, in high season (July through September.)  For more information, call 011-34-902-54-79-79 or go to

Eos Files Bankruptcy; Ceases Operations

Eos Airlines has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York and has ceased operations altogether as of yesterday, April 27. The premium-class airline, which operated from New York to London, blamed the difficulty in the current credit markets for the shutdown, which eliminates most of the positions at the Purchase, NY-based company.

Jack Williams, Eos' CEO, said in a statement: “After overcoming today's extremely challenging economic and credit environment to negotiate terms for a round of financing, it is regrettable that we were forced to take this action. We had been clear since closing on our last round of financing that we would need additional capital. As difficult as it is to raise funds in the current environment, investors believe in our business model and we were on the verge of success.

“Unfortunately, just as we were working toward closing on an investment that would have carried us to corporate profitability in 2009, some issues arose that we could not overcome. It is regrettable that, even though investors continue to be enthusiastic about our business model, and even though we had a term sheet in hand, we were unable to close on the financing we needed. That leaves us with insufficient cash on hand to continue operations.”

On its website, Eos said its customers should seek alternative arrangements for travel and should contact their credit card companies or travel agents directly for information about how to obtain a refund for unused tickets. Members of its Club 48 loyalty club were also advised that they would be able to redeem their points for rewards and that any value related to their membership will be determined by the court as part of the bankruptcy process.

Eos said that customers and suppliers who need more information should visit Court filings and claims information will be available at

The Latest Deals: Air Berlin Discounts Summer

Air Berlin, which offers nonstop service to Düsseldorf from Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Ft Myers, FL has a summer sale available for booking made from April 24 through June 13, 2008. Fares are based on roundtrip travel and start as low as $448 from New York, $698 from Los Angeles, $558 from Miami and $548 from Ft Myers for travel from May 19 through June 30. Fares are also valid to Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Nuremberg. Air Berlin can be booked through the GDS. Call 866-266-5588 for more information.

The Latest Deals: EIS Has Cash Bonus for Agents

European Incoming Services (EIS), a tour operator specializing in customized tours to the Mediterranean, is offering a $500 cash bonus to agents who bring new 2008 groups of 15 passengers or more to EIS. The offer applies only to requests made after May 1, 2008 for new group bookings departing before December 31, 2008. Call 800-443-1644 or visit

The Latest Deals: Fixed Rates at Concorde Hotels in Paris


Concorde Hotels & Resorts from July 11 through August 31, is offering of a fixed-U.S.-dollar rate at either the Hotel Lutetia or Hotel du Louvre (guest room shown here) in Paris. Rates begin at $300 per night, per room (based on one or two individuals), and is only valid for American citizens since a passport will be requested upon check-in. There is no minimum stay required; offer based on availability. At guest checkout, the amount is paid in Euros based on the currency of the day, equal to the locked in USD rate that was stated upon booking the room. Call 800-888-4747 or visit to book this offer.

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