Kuoni has launched its first World Class Europe brochure following customer demand for short-haul luxury products.

Kuoni World Class senior manager Wendy Kenneally said: “Clients said they would like to take short-haul trips as well as long haul but they haven’t been able to book with us before now.

The Europe brochure includes 17 countries and 120 properties, and customers will have the option to use no-frills airlines.

Also on sale from today is Kuoni’s established World Class brochure, which features tented villas at the Banyan Tree Madivaru in the Maldives and about 50 new properties.

New York also features for the first time with the addition of more business-class flights to the destination. A Luxury Round the World itinerary is also available.

Kuoni’s Luxury Travel Report, out this week, sees Thailand taking the top spot again, with the Maldives set to move up from third place to number one in 2008.

China has moved up from 10th to seventh place, while India is now in ninth place after coming 14th in 2006.