Monday, June 15, 2009

Paris trip update June 15, 2009

Thank you for supporting the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Two more information meetings have been scheduled for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra 2009 for the ISO Paris Trip.

Please join us.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamsville State Bank

3341 Old Jacksonville Road

Springfield, IL 62711

Click here for a map quest map for this location

The Second meeting is Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at

Jack Lewis Fine Jewelry
1704 Eastland Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61704

Click here for a map quest map for this location.

It is your chance to meet the Planet Travel staff and go belly to belly with them. Ask any questions you might. You can sign up for the trip and meet fellow group members, as well as our on site Planet Travel in Paris host, Stephanie Moore Chipman.

Light refreshments will be served.

Our plane tickets have been issued for the first ten members of our group.

Here is the details.... All Flights are on American Airlines
Carrier Flight Number Departing Arriving
City Date & Time City Time

5:30 PM

12:15 PM

Your passenger name record for our group is IQDZBC.

For information regarding the flight information please click here .

For information regarding American Airlines checked baggage policies, please visit

The American Airlines group meeting desk in Florida handles the ticketing and we expect the balance of the tickets to be issued late next week for those group members who have paid in full.

Behind the scenes we are working to make this a memorable visit to Paris.

What is the number one question we hear from our group members?

Where are we staying? Or, the variation why haven't you told us the name of the hotel yet?

We are choosing our accommodation very carefully. Our philosophy is to get the most hotel we can for the buck. And we do not expect you to be disappointed with our selection. Of course we will are required to review our hotel with our Illinois Symphony Orchestra office liasons to make sure we are on the same page.

With that in mind we do expect to announce our hotel in a few weeks. Currently we are negotiating with two Right Bank four star properties, both with ideal locations. Our group size was down sized today with two cancellations, making our hotel bookings somewhat a moving target. Currently the number of booked and fully paid members is 12. Two group members have made a deposit but have not paid the balance due. This is not a problem, perhaps just an over sight.

We have extended the booking window for our group until July 31, 2009. So if you know someone who has been on the fence as to whether they wanted to join us but missed the initial May deadline, there is still time to book our trip.

As we get closer to our departure date we promise to send all group members an email when the latest update to our blog is posted.

Plans are for a group get together a few weeks before our departure in September.

Here is the link to our web site dedicated to the trip. It will be updated next week with more information.

Click here for the ISO Paris Trip web site.

Finally here is a valuable link to Rick Steve's web site with great traveling to Paris tips.

Click here for Rick Steves France destination information.

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