New Airline Routes to Ukraine, Germany, Croatia & Macedonia

Wizz Air

Last week Ukrainian airline, AeroSvit, the biggest in the country, launched its new route between London’s Gatwick Airport and Kiev.  The airline will be flying five times a week to the Ukrainian capital, catering for both leisure and business travellers.  It is hoped that once travellers land in Kiev they will visit other regions such as Frankovsk, Lugansk and Odessa.  It is expected that around 65,000 passengers will fly from Gatwick to Kiev this year on the new AeroSvit route.

Since BAA sold Gatwick Airport to to Global Infrastructure Partners it has gained no less than 18 new routes including airberlin flight to Hamburg and Nuremburg.  easyJet has also launched a new route from London Gatwick to Zagreb this year – the airline’s third route between London and Croatia.

However, Wizz Air attempts to maintain its premier position as the number one airline carrier from London to Eastern Europe, this year opening a new route to the Macedonian capital, Skopje.  This brings the number of Wizz Air routes from London Luton to the region to 23.

So, it looks like if you want to travel to the region there’s never been more flexibility!  Long may it continue!

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Celebrity Cruises’ Latest Luxury Ship Will Be Named In Hamburg

We at Charlotte’s VVeb have been keeping a watchful eye over the cruise market recently and were excited to hear that Celebrity Silhouette, the newest addition to Celebrity Cruises Solstice class family, will make history this summer when it is officially named in Hamburg, Germany.

Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, the 2,886-guest Celebrity Silhouette will be launched on 21 July 2011, with formal naming ceremonies that will kick off a two-night preview cruise for invited travel agents, press and other dignitaries.  Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth Solstice Class ship in a series of five built at the German yard, and the first in its class to be officially named in Germany.

Guests eager to experience Celebrity Silhouette can book a place on its inaugural cruise, a seven-night cruise to Rome departing Hamburg on 23 July from £1,194.00 per person.

Celebrity Silhouette will offer new venues including: The Lawn Club Grill – the industry’s first outdoor, interactive grill restaurant; The Porch – offering quick, simple, casual and complimentary breakfasts and lunches with views of the lawn and sea; The Art Studio – a space within The Lawn Club where experienced and aspiring artists can participate in hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as food plating, tastings, mixology and other culinary-themed classes; The Alcoves – a private retreat overlooking the lawn, featuring eight cabana-style settings, each designed for two to four guests; and The Hideaway, a high-tech, treehouse-like spot for guests relaxing with their Apple iPads or perhaps reading a good book within cozy, intimate lounging “nests”.  We’re certainly eager to take a look around!

For more information, call 0845 456 0523 or visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk

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50 Years On – The Evolution of Hamburg Sound

On the 17th of August 1960 The Beatles played their very first concert at Hamburg‘s music club Indra. During the following two and a half years, with 281 gigs played, they laid the foundation for their career. Exactly 50 years later, the all-star band Bambi consisting of members of Maplewood, Nada Surf, Moby and Cat Power will bring pop history back to life by re-creating exactly the same songs the Beatles performed on that very day.

Beatles fans from all over the world are jumping at the chance to experience this anniversary concert and after that explore what else Hamburg has to offer. From The Beatles to Hamburg’s new fresh pop music sound there are countless cutting-edge music clubs lining the neon bright Reeperbahn, which has become a renowned entertainment boulevard over the last 20 years.

Beatlemania Museum Hamburg

Today, the Kaiserkeller, where The Beatles played after their guest slot at the Indra, serves as a club, while the Große Freiheit 36 is one of the main stages of the Reeperbahn Festival. Germany’s biggest club festival invites about 170 international newcomers to Germany’s most creative neighbourhood, St. Pauli, for three nights of fantastic music.

A festival ticket entitles one to attend the weekly Beatles tour with musician Stefanie Hempel, who tells anecdotes from the Beatles era and sings Beatles songs.  There is also a the museum, Beatlemania, five storeys exclusively devoted to commemorating the Fab Four which must not be missed.

In the beginning of the Sixties, the band helped two more of Hamburg’s musical institutions to hit the big time. The Moondoo tempts with Black Music and House Tracks and the tiny but very creative Molotow at Spielbudenplatz 5 replaces the once legendary Star-Club, which in its first year saw The Beatles’ first single, Love Me Do, climb to number 17 of the British charts.

In the ’60s, Hamburg made The Beatles stars and now the city invites everybody to re-discover this magnificent legacy. The Beatles themselves never tired of stressing the importance of their apprenticeship years in the music metropolis Hamburg with John Lennon confessing, “I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg.”

For more information on the concerts visit Bambi Kino: August 17. -20., 2010, Indra Club (Große Freiheit 64) , 20:00 h, www.bambi-kino.com

To find out more about the Beatlemania Museum go to www.beatlemania-hamburg.de

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The New Westin Hotel in Hamburg

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will introduce its wellness brand, Westin Hotels & Resorts to Hamburg, Germany’s vibrant cultural centre with the new Westin Hamburg Hotel, scheduled to open in 2010.  Westin Hamburg will be part of a landmark development, including the highly-anticipated Elbe Philharmonic Hall.  The hotel will be designed by world-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as part of the highly anticipated Elbe Philharmonic complex, Europe’s most ambitious development projects.

Expected to become a cultural and architectural landmark, this urban development will also include luxury residences and a multitude of culinary, cultural and nightlife options all set in the heart of upscale HafenCity.  Tailored to both business and leisure travelers, the ultra-modern 10-storey Westin Hamburg Hotel will feature 244 guest rooms including 39 suites, all with the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed, a restaurant, a cafe, destination bar, lounge and a spa including a Westin WorkOut fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel will comprise close to 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space equipped with cutting-edge technology, including eight meeting rooms and a ballroom.

With over 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city. It is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe and recognised as a cultural and commercial centre, with stunning architecture and a vast array of entertainment and shopping options. Through a joint venture with Arabella Hospitality Group, Starwood currently operates more than 30 hotels in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Mallorca and South Africa under its Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton brands.

Westin is currently represented by five hotels in Germany, including The Westin Grand Frankfurt, The Westin Grand Munich Arabellapark, The Westin Grand Hotel in Berlin, The Westin Bellevue in Dresden and The Westin Leipzig.

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