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Newsletter: Europe, 4/8/07


L’Avion Adds to Flights, Provides E-ticketing
L'Avion, the all-business class French airline, is increasing its flight frequency on its second aircraft (a Boeing 757-200). The airline, which already offered flights seven days a week, has added an additional flight on Monday and Thursday as of April 3rd; it will add another on Wednesday beginning May 18th. L'Avion also announced that the airline has become eligible to provide electronic ticketing through Sabre GDS sales. L'Avion is now "e-ticketable" with Amadeus and Sabre. Visit

Travcoa Unveils a “Taste of Slovenia”
Travcoa has a new 10-day "Taste of Slovenia" itinerary that it’s created in partnership with Rok Kvaternik, the publisher of National Geographic Slovenia; Janez Bogataj, the author of National Geographic's "Taste Slovenia" cookbook; and Slovenian businessman Miha Rott. The group provided Travcoa with their respective connections, cultural insights and on-the-ground knowledge to create the program.

Guests will take part in a private cooking demonstration with Bogataj; visit several wineries, such as Movia, for private tastings; dine at the former residence of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito; have dinner with the mayor of Bled at a restaurant dedicated to the art of "slow food"; and then have the option to extend their trip by three days to travel exclusively with Bogataj.

"Taste of Slovenia" departs on September 19, 2008. The 10-day trip is priced from  $7,995. Visit

SeaDream Switches to Euro Pricing On European Itineraries
SeaDream Yacht Club will begin pricing its European itineraries in Euros on April 14, a move that Larry Pimentel, SeaDream’s president and CEO, ostensibly called a “matter of convenience for European guests,” but may further signify the declining value and even global relevance of the U.S. dollar.

Pricing in the Americas, Australia and Asia will continue to be listed in U.S. dollars and onboard purchases will remain in U.S. dollars. Current or new SeaDream bookings will also continue to be priced in U.S. dollars until the switchover on the 14th.
The new pricing structure will also follow to the commission side: agents located in the U.S. will be paid in U.S. dollars; Euros will be the method of payment for agents on the European continent.

SeaDream already uses Euro pricing for its charter business in Europe and Scandinavia. Visit


Picasso Tours Now Paying 15 Percent Commission

Picasso Tours, which operates Nordique Tours, Picasso Tours & Cruises, Splendida Italia, and SwissMade Tours, reports that it is offering an additional five percent, or 15 percent commission, on the land and cruise portions of all new bookings made between April 8 and July 31, 2008 on departures throughout 2008.  Air commission on tour operator airfares remains at 10 percent. Call 800-995-7997.

German Rail Passes Now on GDS
Travel agents can now issue e-tickets for the German Rail (DB) Rail & Fly product line on their GDS primary screen. The “Rail & Fly” e-tickets facilitate travel between rail stations located in the main German airports of Frankfurt, Cologne, Leipzig and Dusseldorf and more than 100 cities.

The new e-ticket capability means that the rail products can be sold in conjunction with air tickets on the same ticket. Oddbjorn Taraldsvik, senior director for AccesRail said that his company had worked closely with Amadeus, which hosts the AccesRail e-ticketing server, to become the first e-ticketing solution for railways on the GDS primary screens. Visit


CIE Tours Launches $200 Discounts on 2009 River Cruises

Seeking to spur early bookings for 2009 on its European river cruises, CIE Tours International is touting discounts of $200 per couple ($100 per person) for bookings made by May 31, 2008. Departures in 2009 start on May 2 and run through November 15. Once a deposit is paid, the land cost is guaranteed.

One program included in the 2009 offerings is “The Legendary Danube,” a nine-day/seven-night cruise priced from $1,899, land only. The itinerary includes Regensburg, Passau or Salzburg, Linz, Melk, Vienna; it ends in Budapest. All cruises provide deluxe accommodations, all meals on board ships, wine with dinner and sightseeing activities as outlined in itineraries. Contact CIE Tours at 800-CIE-TOUR or

Eurofly Launches Agent Sweepstakes
Eurofly has launched its Spring Sweepstakes for travel agents. Those making a reservation for their clients on Eurofly from March 28th to May 2nd, 2008, for travel between April 1st, 2008 and October 31st, 2008, will be automatically entered into its Spring Sweepstakes.Reservations must be paid in full by May 12th, 2008.

In order to qualify, bookings must be made via Prizes will be drawn on May 16th, 2008, and all winners will be notified by email and will also be listed on the Eurofly Vacations website.

The Grand Prize is a trip to Rome, which includes round-trip business class air from New York’s JFK to Rome for the winner plus one companion; four nights in a four-star hotel in Rome; roundtrip transfers to hotel and dinner for two. Visit

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