AIRLINES will launch nonstop service from Boston and
Washington to Spain this spring, marking the only nonstop service
to the destination from those gateways. On May 6, the new
Boston-Madrid service will begin operating five days a week with an
introductory fare of $549 plus taxes. The Dulles-Madrid service,
also five times weekly, will kick off June 2, priced at $699 plus
taxes. Both flights will use two-class Airbus aircraft.
NATIONAL RAILWAYS high-speed line and the Lorraine region
of France inaugurated the first phase of a high-speed rail link
connecting Vaires-sur-Marne and Baudrecourt. Starting June 10, the
East European TGV will cover the first 300 kilometers of the LGV at
a record speed of about 200 mph. The travel time from 10 major
Lorraine cities to Paris will be cut in half, and connections will
also open up the national TGV network that spans France's north,
west and southwest. The new service is expected to boost traffic to
the Lorraine region by 40%.
HOTELS inked a deal to sell the St David's Hotel & Spa
in Cardiff, Wales, to Principal Hotels for about $64 million. The
sale is due to close April 5, and the proceeds will be used to fund
further expansion of the Rocco Forte brand in Europe. Hotels
already under development in Munich, Geneva and Prague and a golf
resort on Sicily will open within the next year.
GRAND OPENING of Munich's Jewish Museum marked the
completion of the city's new Jewish Cultural Center complex. The
museum shares the site on St. Jakobsplatz with the Jewish
community's new main synagogue and community center, run by the
Jewish community. The complex also
includes a Jewish school and daycare center. Three long-term
exhibitions on the main floor, titled "Voices," "Places," and
"Times," illustrate Jewish history and culture in Munich. The
second and third floors of the museum house rotating exhibits. For
details on the hotel, visit www.juedisches-museum-muenchen.de.
TOURS created a series of guided, small-group itineraries
that explore remote regions of Northern Ireland. Commissionable
tours feature the Giant's Causeway, the rope bridge at
Carrick-a-Rede and surfing off the Antrim or Donegal coasts.
Participants can also take in the political murals in Belfast and
Derry, walk the Bloody Sunday Trail and hike through Glenveagh
National Park. A six-night tour, including accommodations in a spa
hotel or bed and breakfast, is priced at about $1,076 per person,
double. To book, see www.vagabond-ireland.com.
Editor: Felicity Long
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