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No 1, 29.01.2013 
ETOA would like to introduce the following new members: 
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Anglia Tours 
Anglia Tours Ltd
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Aqua Vista Hotels 
Aqua Vista Hotels
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AS Hotels Milan & Monza 
AS Hotels Milan & Monza
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Bella Sky Comwell Hotel Copenhagen 
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel Copenhagen
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Best Western International
Best Western International
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British Music Experience 
British Music Experience
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Coach Direct Ltd
Coach Direct Ltd
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Discover Travel and Tours International
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Expat Explore Travel Ltd.
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GEG (Goeugo Limited)
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Highland Experience Tours Limited
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Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento 
Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento
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Thames Clippers  
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Up At The O2  
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ETOA was formed to give Europe’s Inbound Industry a political voice. Since 1989, ETOA has represented its members in the European political arena, delivering specialist seminars and hosting major workshops.

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ETOA starts 2013 with an extensive calendar of events, campaigns and partnerships, for even more members than ever. 

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ETOA’s first seminar of the year takes place on the 31st January in London and focuses on educational travel. The sector is important in markets worldwide and not only shapes the travellers of the future but is also known for its innovation and ideas.
We are delighted to have Samuel Vertak, a youth travel expert and CEO of Studentmarketing, to share his latest findings and insights. Further educational travel initiatives will follow in 2013, most notably during this year’s ITB in March. Kindly hosted by The Churchill War Rooms.

Flanders Belguim Early February sees this year’s Hoteliers European Marketplace return to Brussels for the third time. Following ETOA’s tried and tested appointment model, this highly targeted event brings contractors and hoteliers together for a full day of meetings. Sunday night sees a dinner reception at the Chalet Robinson island restaurant in Brussels, kindly hosted by event partners Flanders Tourism.
ETOA will be part of the jury for this year’s IRU City Trophy prize, which recognises excellence in destinations with regards to coach tourism. Bus excellence and coach innovation awards are also to given out and cities or coach operators who are interested in putting themselves forward should please click here.  Smart Move


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Many tourist sites are carrying out extensive work to improve the display of their collections and provide the best possible experience for visitors:  

The Eiffel Tower has its first floor refurbished. The chateau de Rentilly, not far from Marne la vallée,  gets a new lease of life from a contemporary artist, 18 km to the East of Paris the eighteenth century château de Champs-sur-Marne will reopen its doors this spring after restoration work. The Louvre, the world’s first museum opens new galleries. Monnaie de Paris, the France’s oldest institution opens its doors to modernity. Le Hall de la chanson - the French National Heritage Centre for song, variety performance and contemporary music - will open in la Villette. The Musée National Picasso will reopen late summer after extensive modernization and extension works, together with Galleria, Musée de la Mode, with the Alaïa exhibition, which will be the first retrospective in Paris on the work of Azzedine Alaïa.

So many reasons to re-discover the Paris Ile-de-France destination and to include new spots in your tours…click here to get more Information concerning those sites!
 Paris pic_Newsletter 01-2013 For any more information concerning Paris Ile-de-France destination, do not hesitate to contact Sylvie Legars at

You can also go to our new website designed for tourism professionals to get an accurate information: economic indicators, study summaries, photo library, and download our Destination guides. 

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FITUR 2013 Brings Together the International Tourist Industry

The thirty-third staging of FITUR 2013, the International Tourism Trade Fair, which is due to take place between 30th January and 3rd February 2013 at Feria de Madrid and organised by IFEMA, kicks off the international fair calendar for the year, thus enabling tourism professionals from all over the world to establish the foundations of their business strategies for the year, whilst also gauging the current situation within an industry that is constantly evolving. In effect, according to figures furnished by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), there were 1,000 million travellers throughout the world in 2012 (4% more than in 2011), who generated more than 3,000 million dollars in exports. 

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The Award-Winning Broadway Musical
Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it’s the chance of a lifetime. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of – to have the chance to dance. Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, the auditionees describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.

Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Now for the first time since its award-winning London season premiered in 1975, the original creators join forces to bring this legendary musical to the world-famous London Palladium.

Leading a cast and company of over 50, JOHN PARTRIDGE will play Zach (Cats, Grease, Miss Saigon, EastEnders). West End leading lady SCARLETT STRALLEN will play Cassie (Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Stage screen actress LEIGH ZIMMERMAN will play Sheila (Chicago, The Producers, Contact) and VICTORIA HAMILTON-BARRITT will play Diana (Gypsy, West Side Story).

Boasting such classics as ‘One (Singular Sensation)’, ‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘At The Ballet’, A Chorus Line is an iconic musical masterpiece that should not be missed.

Booking now for 5 February 2013 – 18 January 2014 at the London Palladium.

Tour Operator & Group rates available from your preferred booking agent.

Le Routard A special preview of The View from The Shard

b2me Tourism Marketing was pleased to be able to invite Thomas Revillain, editor of the leading French guidebook Le Routard to a special preview of The View from The Shard as part of the updating for the new edition.

b2me’s Managing Director, Mike Newman, said that ‘We provide updates on behalf of our clients for over 30 leading guidebooks in Europe, North America and Asia and when we were contacted by the Editor of Le Routard asking to visit some of the newest attractions in London, we were very pleased to be able to arrange access through the generosity of our clients at The View from The Shard even before it opens on 1st February 2013.”

At a height of 244 metres (800 feet) above London, The View From The Shard provides a remarkable 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over the city is revealed. Guests are able to explore the view through 12 digital ‘Tell:scopes’ that are being made available in Europe for the first time.  The Tell:scopes -  digital telescopes with large touchscreens - enable guests to explore the city around them in real-time, as well as offering alternative (pre-recorded) day and night-time views.  Fully interactive, they are able to identify famous landmarks and places of significant interest in the user’s sight line and provide information about them in 10 languages.

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Picture shows (from L-R) Thomas Revillain – Editor Le Routard

Bianca Searle – Travel Trade and Corporate Sales Coordinator – The View from The Shard

Ana Araque – Travel Trade Marketing Manager – The View from The Shard

Mike Newman – Managing Director – b2me Tourism Marketing

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