SWITZERLAND'S 22-mile-long Loetschberg Base
Tunnel through the Alps will open for passenger traffic Dec. 10.
The long-awaited tunnel will trim rail travel time within
Switzerland and between Switzerland and Italy by 45 to 75 minutes,
according to Rail Europe. The $3.5 billion project will eventually
carry 42 passenger trains daily in addition to freight trains.
& CHATEAUX added 34 members, bringing to 470 the total
number of hotels and restaurants in the collection. New European
members include the Hostellerie La Butte Aux Bois, Belgium; Kong
Hans Kaelder, Denmark; Lower Slaughter Manor, England; Au Soldat de
L'An II, France; GasteHaus Erfort, Germany; Imaret, Greece; the
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Italy; Hotel Airds, Scotland;
Valdepalacios, Spain; and Grand Hotel du Lac,
EXPRESS and SATA International Airlines have launched
weekly service linking Boston to the Madeira Islands off the coast
of Portugal. The new flight leaves Boston with service to Funchal,
Madeira via Ponta Delgada on Friday nights, with a returning flight
the following Fridays. SATA also now offers a connecting service to
the adjoining island of Porto Santo. The Boston-Madeira service is
priced from $574 plus tax roundtrip.
POKROVKA Suite Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of
the World, opened Sept. 25 in Moscow. The hotel is the first
Russian property in the MaMaison Hotels & Apartments
collection. The 84-suite hotel is located within a 20-minute walk
of the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. Services
include a concierge, 24-hour room service, a valet, a business
center and underground parking. Visit www.mamaison.com/moscow.
COWDRAY has been named CEO of the Dorchester Collection, a
portfolio of luxury hotels. Cowdray was the general manager of the
Dorchester in London and the managing director of Claridges, also
in London. The Dorchester Collection includes the Dorchester; Le
Meurice and the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris; the Hotel Principe di
Savoia in Milan; and the Beverly Hills Hotel in
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