HILTON GARDEN INN will
open two new locations in Matera and Bari, Italy, in late 2007,
reflecting the brand's ongoing expansion across Europe. The newly
built 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Matera will feature an indoor and
outdoor pool; a spa and fitness area; a restaurant and bar; and
meetings facilities. The 88-room Hilton Garden Inn Bari, formerly
known as Scandic by Hilton Bari, is situated a few minutes from the
airport and offers a restaurant, an outdoor pool and a fitness
room. It also features a bar, a restaurant and meetings facilities.
UNIWORLD trimmed prices on its 2007 winter
Holiday Grand River Cruises by $100 per person for bookings made by
July 15. Fares do not include air fare, air taxes or port charges.
Gateway cities are New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Itineraries
ply the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers to the region's Christmas
Markets aboard ships that are decorated for the holidays. The
nine-night Cologne to Nuremberg-Rhine & Main Holiday Markets
package, for example, is priced from $1, 998 per person. For
details, visit www.uniworld.com.
WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE named the Lavaux Vineyards in the
Lake Geneva region of Switzerland a registered World Heritage site.
Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part
of western Switzerland, Lavaux is one of five centuries-old
vineyard regions in the canton of Vaud. On Sept. 22, the region
will celebrate the designation with a Lavaux Festival highlighting
traditional Vaudoise wine and food. Also in September, Switzerland
Tourism will launch an international campaign under the theme of
Gastronomy and Wine, designed to tie in with the designation. For
information on Lavaux Vineyards, see www.lavauxenfete.ch; for the complete list of World
Heritage sites, view http://whc.unesco.org/en/list.
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Windsor Locks, Conn., inaugurated
its first daily, nonstop international service July 1 with service
on Northwest Airlines to Amsterdam on a 160-passenger Boeing
757-200 aircraft. The flight is designed to serve the estimated 4.7
million travelers located within a 90-mile radius of the airport,
including the eastern portion of New York state and western New
CHOYNACKI was named director of the Belgian Tourist Office
for North America, succeeding Frederique Raeymaekers, who managed
the office for 30 years. A 25-year veteran of the organization,
including 15 years as deputy director, Choynacki has been
instrumental in creating advertising and marketing programs for all
industry segments. Liliane Opsomer, former press and public
relations manager for 15 years, was appointed deputy
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