THE DOT granted transatlantic antitrust immunity to six SkyTeam member airlines, including several European carriers. The decision, which was published May 22, allows Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Northwest Airlines to coordinate transatlantic pricing, capacity and service.
HOTEL CIPRIANI in Venice, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year, is nearing completion of phase one of a three-year renovation project. There are 10 refurbished guestrooms and suites overlooking the lagoon in the Redentore and San Giorgio wings. The six doubles and four suites feature Carrara marble and mosaic bathrooms, cashmere and silk blankets, Venetian artwork, Murano glass and fabrics by Fortuny and Rubelli. The next renovation phase, set to kick off in November, will equip guestrooms with free Internet, high-definition satellite TV and other high tech gear.
KEITH PROWSE unveiled a commission program offering from 20% to 45% on theater and other tickets to travel agents. Effective June 1, agents can sell tickets directly from their own websites and earn the higher commission. Previously, Keith Prowse offered net ticket prices for Broadway and London theater as well as for such Las Vegas shows as Cirque du Soleil, "Jersey Boys," Bette Midler and Cher. Through the new program, Prowse creates the link on the agent's website, and the agent collects a monthly commission check. To book, visit www.keithprowse.com.
GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS in Slovakia is set to open in October after an extensive renovation. The property, which overlooks an alpine lake in Strbske Pleso village in the High Tatra Mountains, will feature 118 rooms with either lake or valley views. Amenities will include WiFi, interactive TV, sitting area and individually controlled air conditioning as well as a restaurant, wine cellar, lobby lounge and children's club. A fitness center, business and conference facilities and parking also will be available. A second Slovakia property, to be located in Bratislava, will open in early 2009.
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT is poised to open a London museum in August. Exhibits will include a Swarovski Crystal-covered Mini Cooper, a 3,000-pound piece of the Berlin Wall and a 13-foot-long tower bridge constructed of wooden matchsticks. To be located in London's West End at Piccadilly Circus, the museum will occupy 24,000 square feet and exhibit 500-plus authentic and original oddities, among them a portrait of Princess Diana made of laundry lint and a copy of "The Last Supper" painted on a grain of rice.
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