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Delta Launches Daily JFK-Edinburgh Service

Delta Air Lines has just launched its first-ever daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Edinburgh, Scotland.  The service is being operated with a Boeing 757-200 ETOPS aircraft, with 16 seats available in BusinessElite class and 158 seats in economy. Delta on Demand, the airline’s personal, in-seat entertainment is available in both classes.

The daily flights depart New York (DL96) at 10 p.m. and arrive in Edinburgh at 10:20 a.m. the following day. Flights depart Edinburgh (DL97) at 11:50 a.m and arrive in New York at 2:35 p.m. Visit

Fairmont St. Andrews Reveals Renovation

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Meanwhile, just in time for the new Delta flight, the Fairmont St. Andrews has wrapped up a $20 million renovation. Each element of the resort, including 115 guest rooms and the lobby, has been refurbished “with Scottish touches and warm hues,” according to management. The spa, meanwhile, has been expanded; it now has 12 rooms and a redesigned relaxation lounge. Of note is a new private “Spa in Spa:” three treatment rooms that can be joined together for small groups. Other recent enhancements include the addition of a new sports-themed bar and renovation of the 15,000-square-foot conference center. 

Meanwhile, underway is a refurbishment of the Torrance golf course, which is currently closed and scheduled to re-open in spring 2009. A second course, The Devlin, is open, however. The resort is located a few miles south of St. Andrews.

Hilton Molino Stucky Gets New GM


Mario Ferraro is the new general manager of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, replacing former General Manager Paolo Biscioni.

Born in Hamburg, but of Italian nationality, Ferraro has over 20 years experience within the hospitality sector, having successfully managed a number of Italy’s leading hotels, including the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia and the prestigious San Domenico Palace in Taormina in Sicily.

Ferraro will be focusing on the continued growth of leisure, corporate and meeting markets.

Formerly a 19th-century flour mill, Hilton Molino Stucky Venice opened in June last year after a four-year renovation. The landmark building on the Giudecca island, boasts the city’s only rooftop pool and bar.


W and Kempinski Open in Istanbul; Four Seasons to Debut Soon

The 137-room W Istanbul opened last week as part of the mixed-use redevelopment of the landmark Akaretler Row Houses in the heart of Besiktas. Constructed by Sultan Abdülaziz in the l870s to house Dolmabahçe Palace workers, the row houses have remained a symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire. Accommodations will include simplex and duplex suites, many with their own private gardens, balconies and terraces. The best suite in the house will be the 1,830-square-foot E WOW Duplex, with a terrace overlooking the Bosphorus (the strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara). Features include a kitchenette, a dining table for 10, a bar and an oversized Jacuzzi soaking tub in the master bathroom. The tech-friendly hotel offers electronic check-in, iPod docking stations, IP telephones and interactive TVs in its rooms to complete Wi-Fi access.

Along with W’s signature Living Room, where guests and locals alike can socialize, the property features Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus, as well as a Sweat Gym and three spa treatment rooms (products are by Estée Lauder). Visit

Kempinski Residences, Istanbul:
Travel agents who have clients headed to Istanbul for an extended stay should consider The Kempinski Residences (, which has just opened at the Kempinski Residences Astoria—a complex of residences, offices and a shopping mall in central Istanbul. This property, designed for mid- to long-term rentals, provides 24-hour concierge service, housekeeping and the ability to rent a cook or waiter. They’ll also have access to the Anantara Spa, a Turkish bath and an indoor swimming pool. It is in Esentepe, Istanbul’s business district. It’s also just five minutes from the Bosphorus and its sister property, the C?ragan Palace Kempinski.

Meanwhile, the yet-to-open Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus ( is currently confirming reservations for arrival from July 1, 2008.  Set on the European bank of the Bosphorus, the hotel is set in a 19th-century palace, housing 141 guest rooms and 25 suites, a 10-room spa and pools overlooking the water.

The Latest Deals: Amadeus Waterways' French FAM

Amadeus Waterways is offering travel agents the chance to be part of week-long river cruise in Provence hosted by the line's Director of Business Development, Ana Figueroa, for the FAM rate of $799 per person. 

The "Cruise to Success" aboard MS Swiss Pearl departs August 9 from Lyon and ends August 16 in Arles. Expert local guides will lead city tours, while onboard lectures will instruct agents on how to sell the river cruise experience. Call 800-626-0126 for more information on the cruise and visit

The Latest Deals: Key Tours Offers Agents Commission for New Bookings in May

Key Tours, the European Travel Experts for tailor made travel to Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, has launched "Agent Appreciation Month" by offering 20 percent commission on 10 of the most popular itineraries to Europe.

Agents can book between now and May 31 on the popular programs listed below.

8-day Scents of Italy from only $1,895

8-day Sicilian Fantasy from only $1,690

14-day Glories of Turkey from only $1,095

9-day Classics of Turkey from only $840

10-day Best of Greece from only $1,770

9-day Treasures of Egypt from only $830

8-day Highlights of Israel from only $1,095

8-day Morocco Imperial Cities from only $1,085

9-day Best of Spain from only $1,515

7-day European Duo - Paris & London from only $1,345

Prices are land only and include accommodations at first class hotels, arrival and departure transfers, meals and sightseeing as per detailed itineraries.  The 20 percent commission cannot be combined with other incentives and promotions. Key Tours also offers custom shore excursions for individuals, families and groups, commissionable to agents or quoted at net for groups.


The Latest Deals: Rail Europe's Rail n' Drive Book n' Win Promotion

Rail Europe announces a new online Rail ‘n Drive Book ‘n Win promotion. Starting May 5 to June 30 2008, when sel­ect Rail ‘n Drive passes are purchased through Rail Europe on, the booking agents name will be entered into a weekly and a Grand Prize drawing.

The more Rail ‘n Drive passes you sell, the more you can win. Weekly drawings will be held every Wednesday while the promotion lasts, with the first drawing on May 14, 2008. The following prizes will be given out EVERY week :

- One winner will receive a Hertz car rental certificate valued at $25 for use at participating Hertz locations worldwide

- Three winners will each receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.

- Three winners will each receive a one-year Hertz Gold Membership valued at $60.00.

Agents who sell the Rail ‘n Drive passes will also be entered to win in the Grand Prize drawing on July 9, 2008. One lucky winner will receive the Grand Prize of a Global Positioning System (GPS) valued at $400.

Rail ‘n Drive Book ‘n Win Promotion begins May 5 to June 30, 2008. Rail ‘n Drive Book ‘n Win Promotion applies only to the following passes: BritRail Pass 'n Drive, EurailDrive Pass, Eurail Select Pass 'n Drive, Italy Rail 'n Drive, German Rail 'n Drive, Scandinavia Rail 'n Drive & Spain Rail 'n Drive.

To book any of Rail Europe’s wide range of economical railpasses, Rail ‘n Drive passes and point-to-point tickets on trains throughout Europe and the U.K., log on to Rail Europe’s web site for travel agents or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

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