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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor: Felicity Long
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