here's mucho ado in Spain's art
circles, as museum developments take off in both its urbane capital
and the beautiful but remote Asturias region.
In Madrid, the government is spending some $187 million to
upgrade and unite three of its world-class museums -- all within a
10-minute walk of each other -- into a cultural quarter by the end
of this year.
The new Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, will unite
the Reina Sofia Center and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with the
Prado, which is undergoing a $62 million renovation and expansion
set for completion this spring. All told, the museums will gain
600,000 square feet of exhibition space and are expected to host 3
million additional visitors per year.
To the north in Asturias, the new, $4.3 million Jurassic
Museum -- shaped like the footprint of a pterodactyl --
also is set to open this spring along the region's so-called
"dinosaur coast," featuring 8,000 fossils and other remains.
For more on Spain's museums, visit www.okspain.org.
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The German National Tourist Office has released
an updated version of its Jewish-interest travel brochure.
The expanded, 54-page color guide -- entitled "Germany for the
Jewish Traveler" -- contains listings for hundreds of synagogues
and community centers, kosher eateries and monuments and other
attractions in 62 towns and cities, as well as historical
background information and a greeting from the president of the
Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Copies can be ordered by calling (212) 661-7200. The tourist
office also maintains an updated list of Jewish sites online at www.visits-to-germany.com/jewishtraveler.
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In other Germany news, Lufthansa will launch
daily summer service to its newly renovated Munich hub from
Charlotte, N.C., on March 26. The carrier began daily nonstop
service to Munich's new Terminal 2 from Miami in October.
The Charlotte flights will be operated on new Airbus A340-300
aircraft, delivered in November and outfitted with Luf-thansa's new
intercontinental business-class service.
The service features what the airline calls "the world's most
advanced" flat-bed seats; Media World entertainment centers with
10.4-inch TV screens and video-on-demand; and free on-board FlyNet
For more details, visit www.lufthansa-usa.com.
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Meanwhile, Lufthansa's Star Alliance partner Austrian
Airlines also made business-class news, announcing that
full-fare, Grand Class passengers traveling from the U.S. to points
beyond Austria via Vienna will be offered a free overnight stay in
a five-star hotel in the Austrian capital throughout the year.
The carrier's Vienna on Us program includes
accommodations at a choice of hotels (InterContinental, Ambassador
or Vienna Marriott), a gourmet dinner and buffet breakfast, and
roundtrip limousine transfers.
Austrian was also named the Romanian National Tourist Office's
carrier of choice for travel between the U.S. and Romania for the
second year running. Tarom, Romania's flag carrier, suspended
thrice-weekly service to New York last November.
For more, call (800) 843-0002 or visit www.austrianair.com.
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US Airways Vacations added Scotland to its
destinations, in conjunction with US Airways' May 10 debut of daily
Glasgow flights from Philadelphia.
Vacation packages to Edinburgh and Glasgow will include
roundtrip air, accommodations and daily breakfast; Distinctive
European Vacations upgrades include business-class air and superior
Sample rates for a three-night stay at the Novotel Glasgow start
at $743 per person from Washington, $783 from Boston, $924 from New
York (LaGuardia) and $842 from Philadelphia.
Agents can make reservations through VAX
VacationAccess, via the GDSs under vendor code USV, by calling
(800) 455-0123 or visiting www.usairwaysvacations.com.
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].