Trafalgar assures agents of 86% definite departures to Europe and Britain

Trafalgar is making it easier for agents to secure additional 2017 sales to the Europe and Britain. It has confirmed that an unprecedented 86% of departures are now definite for this year. From living la dolce vita with private dining after-hours at The Vatican, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and savouring the flavours of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the wealth of authentic, effortless and fun travel options available are unparalleled. Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar commented, “There is no doubt that Britain is back and Europe…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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Marriott International expands footprint in Europe

Marriott International in Europe will double in size once its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts is complete.  In Europe, the company will reach over 123,000 opened or signed rooms when Marriott’s 61,000 open rooms join with Starwood’s 40,500 open rooms and the combined pipeline of 21,500 rooms. Starwood’s luxury brands, including St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels, will also complement Marriott’s luxury brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION and JW Marriott.  The newly acquired luxury brands will complement Marriott’s existing offering in the economy and mid-tier sector, including Moxy…

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Expedia reports Q4 loss on acquisition costs, slumping Europe bookings

A combination of acquisition costs and the impact of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris led to a fourth-quarter loss for Expedia Inc., but shares surged 11% in after-hours trading Wednesday after CFO Mark Okerstrom said the company is expecting earnings to rise 35-45% in 2016 as Orbitz and HomeAway are fully integrated into operations. Expedia closed on its acquisitions of Orbitz and HomeAway last September and December, respectively. Expedia took a $12.5 million loss, compared to a $66 million net profit in the previous year’s fourth quarter. Bolstered by the…

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The Best Summer Music Festivals in Europe

  The summer season is kicking into high gear for much of the world, and that means sunshine, exposed toes, and the blissful sound of live music washing over open-air crowds. If you’re hoping to follow your ears to your next vacation destination, but haven’t yet found a festival that calls your name, we’ve got a list of some of our favorites to help you plan your escape. So read on, check your calendar, and start packing your bags. It’s time to get outside and enjoy! > Roskilde Music Festival (June 27-July4, Roskilde, Denmark)…

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