Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Nov. 21, 2007

IN 2009 AND 2010, the top 10 museums in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht will join forces to create a large-scale art and cultural event called Holland Art Cities. Three Amsterdam museums -- the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum -- will celebrate their reopenings during the event. The program, which will comprise 20-plus exhibitions over the course of the two years, will represent the highest concentration of art and cultural activities per square mile in the world. Visit www.hollandartcities.com for details.

AIR FRANCE HOLIDAYS, the tour division of Air France, was named Tour Operator of the Year by Maison de la France for the third consecutive year. The award was presented during French Affairs, a travel trade conference held in October in Boston, by a panel of about 1,250 consumers and travel professionals. The company also won Best Web Site for its easy-to-use interface and extensive selection of value-priced packages.  

ANDAZ LIVERPOOL STREET, formerly the Great Eastern Hotel, opened in London this month. The boutique, five-star property is first in a series to launch globally under the new Andaz brand. The hotel offers a non-traditional check-in experience and pricing that includes breakfast, Internet access, healthful minibar items, local telephone calls, laundry and a selection of DVDs. In addition, the eco-conscious hotel uses less water, fuel and electricity than traditional properties and purchases local and fair trade products. Rates begin at $850, double. For more on the new property, visit www.london.liverpoolstreet.andaz.com.

JET AIRWAYS, the Indian carrier that links Europe and Africa with New York as well as 53 other destinations, opened a new First and Premiere lounge at its Brussels Airport hub. The lounge features a multilingual staff, Italian leather chairs and large Pioneer flat-screen TVs with Bose headphones. Jet Airways also provides a business center with a meetings room and four Internet stations with printers and fax machines as well as a private children's play area.

THE GLENEAGLES HOTEL in Scotland is nearing completion of a seven-phase, $11 million renovation. The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, which will open in late February, will be twice the size of the property's original spa. Also new are 10 one- and two-bedroom Spirit Suites, including a 560-square-foot, split-level Blue Tower Spirit Suite overlooking the property's grand entrance. Additional new features include a Mediterranean-themed restaurant, a teens-only game room and a playroom for young children.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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