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2014 - A Year of Historical Significance

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Susan Weinstock
Travel Weekly Hotel Editorial Director


It has been a challenging winter around the globe and finally it feels like spring will actually visit this year.  For many, it is now that vacation conversations take a serious turn.  Families start to consider spring vacations and all of us have summer in view.      

There are so many wonderful displays that appear briefly, but beautifully this time of year, each can be planned as a getaway or part of a larger trip.  Stunning cherry blossoms in Washington, DC or Japan, the awakening of nature in parks with incredible wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife are all wonderful reasons to travel.  And, of course, the mild climate is very attractive.  

In addition to the always welcome warmer weather, 2014 is a year that provides travelers   unusual opportunities to learn, visit and teach history.  June commemorates the 70th anniversary of WW2's D-Day landings on the Normandy Coast.  August marks 100 years since the outbreak of the first World War.  These immensely significant events in our world's history will be acknowledged and can be experienced in many ways.  They provide an excellent reason to meet with your clients to discuss possibilities -- family trips, multi-generational plans, student travel, group tours, trips for history lovers.  Learn what will work for them. 

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A Year to Visit Europe

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Consider these  as you build a trip to Europe for your clients.  For history, the Normandy coast is a must.   
1. Hotel Villa Lara-Bayeux, France -Boutique hotel in Normandy located in historic city center.  Opened March 2012.
2. The Royal Snail-Namur, Belgium - Less than one hour from Brussels, 30-room property, part of Design Hotels.  Opened May 2013.
3. The London Edition-London, England-Marriott and Ian Schrager opened this hotel September 2013, central London location. 

Are You Looking for These Hotels?

Queens Jubilee
Several new hotels in major destinations are worth a look.  Clients love to try what's new in a city. 
1. Thompson Chicago-IL-Previously Sutton Place, closed for major remodel.  Residential Gold Coast area.  Thompson since October 2014. 
2. The Cromwell-Las Vegas, NV-Boutique hotel, heart of Strip, completed $185 million renovation.  Opens May 21.  Was Bill's Gamblin' Hall. 
3. Sofitel Kurfuerstandamm-Berlin, Germany-Overlooks city's main shopping street.  Art Deco building, contemporary rooms. Hotel Concorde Berlin until January 2014.   

Homecoming Scotland 2014

City Centre
Have you suggested Scotland?  With Homecoming Events throughout the year and the Ryder Cup in September, now is the time.   
1. Cromlix House - Stirling - Scottish tennis star, Andy Murray, owns this fully redone Victorian mansion near Dunblane.  Reserve starting April 1.
2. Malmaison Dundee -Waterfront and historic, hotel emerges after a massive renovation.  Opened February 2014. 
3. Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre- City center location, contemporary room design.  Opened April 2013.  
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