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Holt Paris is a French licensed travel agency specialising in incoming services to France and was founded in 1960 by Alan Holt. The company is the oldest privately owned DMC in Paris, and is well known for its expertise in the incentive and special interest markets, as well as in all other aspects of incoming travel.


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Enjoying France...

May 2009

Enjoying France in 2009

France is as badly hit as other countries by the recent decline in travel & tourism, but thanks to its myriad of ideas and destinations some areas are still very busy!

Paris is looking its very best with the chestnut trees in their green spring livery and the Eiffel Tower enjoying a new paint job! The Parisian hoteliers have made efforts to apply more attractive rates - so bargaining is back in fashion!
Whilst in Paris people are making time to enjoy the Warhol exhibition at the Grand Palais and also Kandinsky at the Pompidou center

For incentive groups we recently saw the opening of the splendid venue Pavillon Cambon located just next to the Ritz hotel in a 19th century bank. The main area can accommodate groups of 400 people for a seated dinner and the mezzanine can also accommodate 400 for cocktails. The wow factor is guaranteed!

In the French countryside some attractive offers are available most especially in the \'in\' centers such as Bordeaux and Reims.

Bordeaux is now vying with other major cities thanks to the opening (at last) of the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux part of the Rezidor chain.

  1. An elegant and well-designed four star hotel with 150 rooms beautifully located in the center of the city. From here groups and individuals can enjoy touring to the wine regions such as St Emilion, Graves, Medoc and many others all within direct reach of this fascinating city - An important port town on the Gironde River renowned for the locally raised caviar!
  2. In the evening enjoy the pleasant pedestrian streets of the city center with its wide range of good bistros and restaurants

To reach Bordeaux from Paris there is of course a good air service from either CDG or Orly airports but nicer still is the 3 hours TGV train ride from central Paris to central Bordeaux - fast clean and efficient!
From Bordeaux, time permitting, visits can be made to Biarritz and the Basque countryside or to the south east into the Dordogne region.

Closer to Paris is the Champagne Area surrounding the towns of Epernay and Reims - the capital! Reims is now less than one hour from Paris (due east) thanks to the new TGV train connection.
Here the most popular visits are to be made to the beautiful gothic cathedral where the Kings of France were all crowned and where the memory of Joan of Arc still lingers!
Another great activity is to go and visit one of the many Champagne producers, who all take pride in explaining the double fermentation process invented by a monk, Dom Perignon, and which allows them to make this unique drink enjoyed throughout the world as the festive beverage ?par excellence?!

Normandy is as ever a very popular destination in France and in June 2009 the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Allied landings will certainly live up to its reputation - most especially if we have the pleasure of welcoming the American President!

Warhol Exhibition

Pavillon Cambon


Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux

Cathedral of Reims