THERAPY: A medical clinic specializing in the treatment of
psoriasis opened at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa near Reykjavik,
Iceland. The dermatological clinic, in a lava field 40 minutes from
the capital, houses accommodations for 30 guests, an outdoor lagoon
and indoor pool, and fitness and dining rooms. Waters at the Blue
Lagoon rich in mineral, silica and algae are noted for their
healing powers. For more information, visit www.bluelagoon.com.
For more on Iceland, visit www.icelandtouristboard.com and www.icelandnaturally.com.
TREAT: U.S. travel to the Netherlands is booming, with
Dutch authorities reporting an above-average jump of 18% in
arrivals from the States in the first quarter. By comparison, the
country welcomed 16% more international guests overall in the same
period, according to Hollands Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).
Tourism officials said they hope to achieve similar double-digit
growth for the whole of 2005. Last year, the Netherlands received
9.6 million visitors, representing growth of just 5% compared to
2003. For more,
STORY: Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts will open the new
Radisson SAS Hotel Rostock in Rostock, Germany, in August. The 247-room
chains 16th in Germany, features seminar and conference facilities; a
restaurant and bar; and a fitness center and wellness zone. Rostock
is an 800-year-old seaport about 100 miles north of Berlin, on
Germanys Baltic Sea coast. For more, visit www.radissonsas.com.
NOUVEAU: Air France began serving Detroit its 13th U.S.
gateway with new, daily nonstop flights to and from Paris on June
13. Flight AF373 departs Detroit daily at 7:15 p.m., arriving at
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:50 a.m. the following day;
return flight AF374 leaves at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Detroit at
1:05 p.m. the same day. Flights arrives at, and depart from the
McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. For
more, see www.airfrance.com.
THANKS: Picasso Tours is knocking 15% off its seven-night Thanksgiving
Mediterranean cruise Nov. 21 to 28. Rates now start at $779 per
person, double occupancy, and include all beverages and alcoholic
drinks (except premium spirits) and port taxes and fuel surcharge.
Children under age 16 cruise free when sharing a cabin with two adults and only
pay $200 in port taxes. The cruise, aboard the Oceanic, calls at
Barcelona, Nice/Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Naples and Tunis. For
more information, call (800) 995-7997 or visit www.picassotours.com.
VIEW: A museum dedicated to artist Paul Klee opened in
Bern, Switzerland, on June 20, featuring 4,000 works. Designed by
Italian architect Renzo Piano, the $87 million Zentrum Paul
Klee comprises three hills housing the art collections, childrens museum,
300-seat auditorium, meetings and functions rooms and sculpture
park. For more,