SHOW: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will host an
exhibit of more than 100 rarely seen drawings by Vincent van Gogh
from July 2 to Sept. 18. The delicate works, collected from museums
worldwide, reveal the artists talent as a draftsman. The show was
compiled together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,
where the show will be presented from Oct. 11 to Dec. 31. For more
information, visit www.vangoghmuseum.nl.
DUTCH: In other Dutch news, the Netherlands Board of
Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) reported that U.S. arrivals jumped
10% in 2004, the third-fastest growth for any destination, after
Canada, at +31%, and Asia, at +20%. Overall, 9.6 million visitors
traveled to Holland last year, a 5% general increase. Conrad van
Tiggelen, Director North America for NBTC, called the results very
good news and the result of off-season promotions combined with
increased airlift. He predicted more growth for 2005, the 60th
anniversary of the May liberation of Holland by the Allied Forces.
For more on Holland and Amsterdam, contact the NBTC at (212)
370-7360 or www.holland.com/us.
" EuropeByAir added Spains Air Plus Comet to its discount
Flight Pass program, expanding its reach to 250 European cities via
25 partner carriers accepting its one-way, $99 tickets. Air Plus
Comet will provide the first nonstop network service between Madrid
and Rome and Venice, Italy. For reservations or information, go to
www.europebyair.com or call (888) 231-9455.
" Miami-based German air consolidator Hahn Air added Baltic carrier
Air Lithuania and Canary Islands regional airline Binter Canarias
to the more than 45 European and Russian airlines -- and 15 others
-- in its distribution network, which also includes Air Berlin and
Aegean Airlines. Hahn pays travel agents 7% commission with no cap.
For more, call (800) 639-3590, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://hrticketing.fraserver.net.
ERE I SAW
ILIO: The boutique Hotel Ilio in Capo SantAndrea on Elba,
the island off Tuscany where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled, is
sponsoring All Sports Weeks in May, combining four days of mountain
biking, hiking and sea-kayaking events with three days of
relaxation. Bike lessons (May 1 to 8 and 15 to 22) cost about $365
per person, or $470 with bike and helmet rental; while trekking
(May 8 to 15 and 22 to 29) is about $210 per person for four to
eight people, including activity, insurance and bus transport to
and from the hotel. Sea kayak weeks (May 1 to 8 and 15 to 22) offer
guided watersports treks at $260 per person, with kayak rental and
insurance. Weeklong accommodation, with two meals daily, at
boutique Hotel Ilio costs from $567 to $645 per person, double. For
more, call (011) 39-056 590-8018 or visit www.ilio.it.
" The 233-unit Le Meridien Barcelona hotel reopened after a
three-month closure, sporting a renovated facade and new bedroom
concept. The new aesthetic provides a taste of Barcelona, with
glass inspired by Gaudi. Rooms feature beds with 14-inch
mattresses, feather-down bedding and Egyptian cotton linens;
42-inch plasma televisions; rain showers in bathrooms; and
high-speed Internet. Nightly rates start at $338 per night plus
VAT. Visit www.lemeridien.com or call (800) 543-4300.
" The four-star Hotel dAubusson on Paris Left Bank is offering
guaranteed one-for-one, euro-to-dollar nightly rates July 1 to Aug.
28, a 25% savings. The hotels Summer Escapade deal includes a
superior room at $370, or 370 euros, a night (with a minimum
three-night stay), champagne and chocolates in room; continental
breakfast; Internet access; and 19.6% VAT. Clients booking five
nights earn airport transfers. Call (011) 33-14 329-4343 or send an
e-mail to [email protected].