Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: June 4, 2007

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.

THE UNESCO 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.

BRADLEY 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 England.

ANNETTE 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 director.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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