POWER: Germany¹s biennial national flower show, the
Bundesgartenschau 2005, or BUGA 05, got under way in Munich,
welcoming 75,000 visitors its opening weekend. The avant-garde
show, to run through Oct. 9 on the 400-acre site of the former city
airport, is expected to attract millions of visitors, including
thousands from the U.S. BUGA features an artificial lake (open to
swimmers), an aerial cable car, 30,000 trees, 2 million flower
bulbs, themed garden displays, a shopping plaza, cafes and a
restaurant. Tickets cost 14 euros (about $18) for adults and 3
euros ($4) for kids. Visit www.buga05.de or contact the German National Tourist
Office at (212) 661-7200 or www.visits-to-germany.com.
FAX: Youth operator Contiki Holidays (http://agent.contiki.com; (800) 266-8454) is offering
its eight-night Tuscany package for $1,105 per person, land only --
a $100 savings -- for its June 17 departure, when paid in full at
booking. Meanwhile, responding to "overwhelming" demand, Orbis
Travel Bureau in New York (www.orbistravel.com; (800) 867-6526) added a
free stop in Wadowice, birthplace of the late Pope John Paul II, to
its Southern Delight Tour itinerary in Poland and created new tours
combining the town with Rome.
WEB: The Hotel de Crillon in Paris launched an Internet
site at www.crillon.com that features not only hotel
information and real-time availability and booking but also online
recipes from two-star Michelin Guide chef Jean-Francois Piege and
wine tips from sommelier David Biraud. In other news, the Crillon
is offering two summer packages: a two-night Tour de France deal
July 23 and 24, from $1,664 to $2,054 (with breakfast) per room,
depending on category; and a one-night Bastille Day stay from $775
to $969, with breakfast. See www.crillon.com, call (011) 331-4 471-1501 or
e-mail [email protected]. Or, book through Leading
Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800 or www.lhw.com.
STUFF: The Swedish Travel and Tourism Council, looking to
parlay the debut of a new Scandinavian cooking TV show on PBS
stations across the U.S. this fall into more tourist arrivals, is
in talks with tour operators to craft related gastronomy-themed
itineraries. "New Scandinavian Cooking with Tina Nordstrom,"
featuring a young Swedish chef, is set to air this September. See
www.visit-sweden.com and www.scandcook.com.
France (www.airfrance.com/us), to increase capacity to the
U.S. by 10% this year, started seasonal nonstop service to Paris
(CDG) from Cincinnati and added a third daily flight from
Washington as of May 9. The carrier also will inaugurate service
from Detroit on June 13.
* Air Plus
Comet (www.airplususa.com), which pays agents commission of
6% and up, will add a second weekly service between Madrid and New
(Kennedy) on Sundays
this October, in addition to its current Friday
flights, and it may
add a third weekly flight in 2006.
Airways (www.usairways.com), which launched daily seasonal
service between Philadelphia and Venice on May 9, starts seasonal
between Barcelona and
Philadelphia on May 16.
* Delta Air
Lines (www.delta.com) is promoting its new nonstop, to start
June 1, from Atlanta to Moscow (Sheremetyevo), Russia, with
discount fares from $405 each way, from both Atlanta and New York
(Kennedy), if purchased by May 18.