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AFRICA
ROUND UPS

Safari Planner 10/10
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
BAHRAIN
Secret Formula • 10/08
BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ETHIOPIA
Northern Treasures 11/10
Riding Modern Wave 0708
Endearing Ethiopia • 01/ 07
Cover feature • 02/ 02

JORDAN
Historical Days & Arabian Nights 7/10
KENYA

Make a Dash for Kenya 6/10
A Great Adventure 3/10
Kenya’s Annual Epic 11/09
Kenya’s Big Five Appeal 7/09
Selling Safaris 1/09
Safaris (cover) • 06/ 08
Under the Stars • 12/07
...and Tanzania • 09/07
Ecotourism Nation • 06/ 07

MOROCCO
Morocco Mosaic 9/10
Marrakesh, so Magically 10/09
Unlimited Appeal 10/08
Millions in Visitors • 01/ 08

Large & Lovely • 08/ 07
Off the Beaten Road • 02/06

QATAR
Flourishing in the Desert 11/10
SOUTH AFRICA

Open for Business! 710
Soccer in 2010 10/09
ASTA IDE 2009 1/09
Re-Invents Itself • 05/ 08
Wine Harvest • 07/ 07
Western Cape • 03/ 07

TANZANIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Safaris Without Borders 1/10
Classic safaris • 09/08
Its Own Mission • 05/ 08
No longer little sister • 09/07

TUNISIA
A Taste of Tunisia • 05/06 UGANDA
Emerges from Shell• 08/06
ZAMBIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ZIMBABWE

Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07


ASIA
AUSTRALIA
Natural Wonders 12/10
Ten Things To Experience in Sydney 8/10
From Culture to Nature 12/09
Aussie Outback 1/09
Melbourne's Wild Side• 0708
Driving Business • 02/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07
Stellar Attractions • 02/ 07

CHINA
Beijing Your Way COV 1/11
Hotel Boom Continues 10/10
Voluntourism 7/10
Tthe Real China COVER 1/10
Beijing Hotel Boom 11/08
Reaches for the Moon • 03/ 08
Tourism Wave • 11/07
Guangzhou • 03/ 07

COOK ISLANDS
Live out your dream 09/08
The latest Hot Spot • 12/07
Paradise Contention • 10/07

FIJI
Fiji’s Many Faces 9/10
Tropical Touchdown 10/08
Smile You're on Fiji • 02/ 08
Tropical Getaway • 01/06

INDIA
A Bright Future 10/10
Awestruck in India &
New Travel Products for 2010-11
Expands Tourism Territory 3/10
Cultural Journey 12/09
Mumbai Revisited 3/09
Kochi: Calm, Complex 12/08
Sacred to Sublime • 08/08
Mumbai's Bollywood • 05/ 08
Driving Business • 12/07
Madyha Pradesh • 07/ 07
Maharashtra • 06/ 07
What's New • 05/ 07

JAPAN
Neo-Ryo 11/10
2010 is Visit Japan Year 5/10
Jeju’s Enticing Mix 12/09
Luxury Travel Forum 1/09
In and out of Tokyo • 08/ 08
KOREA
Ceramic Arts 9/10
Historic & Cultura 5/10 COVER
48 Hours in Seoul 11/09
Traveling to Korea to Eat 10/09
Affordable Seoul 1/09
New Arts Center • 09/08
Sancturay in Temples • 12/07

Jeju Island • 02/ 07
ASTA Expo • 01/ 07

LAOS
Cave City Opens • 04/ 07
MACAU
Beyond Gaming • 01/ 08
Taking a Bow • 07/ 07

MALAYSIA
Sizzling Malaysia 3/10
Sight seeing • 02/06
NEW CALEDONIA
The Secret is Out • 07/08
NEW ZEALAND
A Taste of Wine Country
Bumped Ski Season 08/09
Discounted Five-Star 3/09
Luxury & Adventure • 04/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07

SINGAPORE
What Makes Singapore Hot for 2010? 01/10
Singapore Corners SE Asia Market 10/09
Value and Deals 7/09
TAIWAN
Lantern Festival 3/10
Warm Welcome • 03/06



THAILAND
Welcomes Visitors Back 8/10

City Chic to Rural Respite 5/10
Asia’s New Island of Tourism 3/10
Elephant Back Riding • 08/06

Exotic Bangkok • 02/06
VIETNAM

Luxurious Adventure • 09/07

CARIBBEAN
ROUND UP FEATURES

Caribbean Family Holiday 11/10
Summer Deals 5/10
Passion in Paradise 1/10
ANGUILLA
Happy in Eastern Carib 12/10
A Sliver of Shangri-La
Big Agent Plans for 2010 10/09
Branding of Anguilla 11/08
New Celebrity Status • 04/ 08
Winter Curtain Call • 01/ 08
Secret is out • 05/ 07 cover

Off-Posh Prices • 04/ 07

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The Beach is the Beginning 10/10
The Sandy Sister 02/10
Spread Carnival Fever 7/09
Festive Side 09/08
Wedding Bells- 07/08 Cover
Tropical Paradise • 05/ 08

Blessed with Beauty • 09/ 07
Twin Deals • 06/ 07

ARUBA
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Divi"s Inside Edge 12/08
BARBADOS
A Blue Sky Holiday 6/10
The Bajan Macation • 04/ 08
BAHAMAS
Cable Beach • 06/08
BONAIRE
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
CAYMAN ISLANDS

CITE Report on Caymans 7/09
CITE Report • 09/ 07

CURACAO
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Onsite Report 4/07
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Five Star Race • 0608
La Romana • 11/07
New hot Spot • 0107

GRENADA
Moves into Tourism
GUYANA
Land of Many Waters • 04/06
JAMAICA
Tie The Knot In Jamaica 0111
Jamaica on a Roll 710
The Heart of Jamaica 11/09
Luxury in Jamaica 11/09
Committed to Tourism • 8/08
Cool Green • 02/ 08

Waterparks • 10/07
Hidden Charms • 03/ 07

MARTINIQUE
Isle of Flowers • 05/ 07
Living Well • 02/06
PUERTO RICO
Beyond the Surf, Sand...3/10
Golfing 08/09
Star-Studded 12/08
SAINT MARTIN
Paassionate & Plaayful
Taste of Europe 12/08
Upper Market • 07/08
SMART Report • 07/ 07

ST. KITTS
Caribbean’s Sweetheart 910
Expansion Plans • 03/ 08
ST. LUCIA
The Newest Edge 12/09
For Kids & Grown-Ups 10/08
Almond Smugglers • 09/ 07

From Golf to Marinas • 06/06

ST. VINCENT &

THE GRENADINES

Island Hopping • 03/ 08
TURKS & CAICOS
Gold Coast 10/09
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

America’s Caribbean 3/10
Team Spirit 12/08

EUROPE
ROUND UPS

Jewish Heritage 0111
Central Eastern Europe 03/10

AUSTRIA
Vienna Tops the List of Best Cities To Live In 6/10
Waltz through Vienna 11/09
Vienna: Hip & Festive 3/09
Vienna's Passion 10/08
Vienna Culture • 05/ 08
Along the Danube • 04/ 08

New Properties • 09/ 07
atcb Unites Region • 06/ 07
Vienna Happenings • 03/ 07

BELGIUM
River Towns 12/10
FLANDERS for the Casual Connoisseur 9/10 COVER
FLANDERS
Cultivating a
Taste for Finer Things 3/10
FLANDERS Antwerp 12/09FLANDERS: Stellar Sites 10/09
Arrive as a Visitor, Leave as a Belgian 08/09
Belgian Hotels • 07/08
Wallonia • 10/07

BRITAIN
Trail Back to London 3/10
Weekend in London 12/08
Top Hotels 06/ 08
Liverpool • 04/ 08
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107

BULGARIA
Central Eastern Europe 03/08
CANARY ISLANDS
Classics in Canaries • 01/08 Sunny Canaries • 11/ 06
CROATIA
A Country for All Seasons 910
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast 3/10
Europe’s Newest Riviera 4/09
Something big in 2009 • 09/08
Wine Country • 04/ 08

Cultural Circle• 10/07
Heart & Soul • 04/ 07

CYPRUS
Highlights From the Birthplace of Beauty Cover Nov. 2010
Cyprus thru Centuries 1/10
Golden Anniversary 10/09
Cypriot Primer 10/08
From Wine to Water 6/08
Loving the Island • 10/07
Cool Cats • 09/ 07


CZECH REPUBLIC
Gentle Evolution Cover 7/10
Bohemian Attractions 12/09
Footsteps of princes 10/08
For Young at Heart • 08/ 07

DENMARK
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Culture & History • 01/06
FINLAND
Helsinki By Design 810
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Not just in Summer 10/08
Helsinki's New Face • 04/ 08
Rauma • 05/06

FRANCE
Design Hotels In Paris 11/10
France’s Big Summer Festivals
Still Among Top Five 1/09
Rhone Alpes Region • 02/ 08
ASTA in Lyon • 12/ 07
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107


GERMANY
Promoting Health & Wellness 10/10 Cover Feature
Mainz and Much More 6/10
Designs on creative Germany 3/10
Oberammergau Passion Play 08/09
GTM ’09 Visits Northeast 7/09
Networking in Bavaria • 09/08
Beating the Euro • 04/ 08
Posh Palaces • 03/ 08

Automotives • 03/ 07
What Not to Miss • 02/ 07
Dusseldorf • 09/06
GREECE
Northern Escapades 10/10
Greek Suppliers • 08/08
Greek Cruises • 02/08
Island Trio • 08/ 07

GREENLAND
New Access • 05/ 07
HOLLAND
Rembrandt & Tulips • 01/06
HUNGARY
High End Value, Old World Ambience 5/10
Budapest Live Arts 12/08
Celebrating Budapest • 04/ 08

IRELAND
Go where Ireland Directs your 310
Finding Yourself • 03/ 08
Dublin • 11/07
Foynes SeaPlanes • 10/07

ITALY
Salerno, Amalfi Coast 11/10
Get Lost in Erice, Sicily 5/10
The Veneto 1/10
Tuscany 03/09
Roman Revival1/09 Cover
Ri mini celebrates 11/08
Deals & Sunshine 09/08
Affordable Italy 6/08
Western Sicily • 01/ 08

Abruzzo • 07/ 07

LITHUANIA
Close up at Vilnus • 08/ 07
MALTA
Historic Tempos 12/08
Many Faces • 05/04

NORWAY
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Stavanger • 04/ 08

In the fjords • 01/06

POLAND
Fall In Love With Warsaw 810

Top Summer Destination 510
Old cities Revisited 11/08
New Found Power • 04/ 08
Gdansk • 05/ 07

Krakow • 02/06

PORTUGAL
Azorean Journey 0111
What’s New in Portugal? 9/10
Invests for Tomorrow 10/09
Heritage Travel 1/09
Affordable Luxury • 07/07
Hosts Wine Tasting • 10/07

Out of Lisbon • 11/07
ROMANIA
Town and Country 11/09
CEE Round up • 03/08

Great Value • 06/06
RUSSIA
Siberia and the Trans-Siberian: The Mother of Rail Rides 07/09
St. Petersburg • 07/08
W inter Festivals • 11/07
St Peterburg • 02/ 07

SCOTLAND
Scotland's Spirit • 12/07
Glasgow with Style • 0706

SLOVAKIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
10 Reason to Visit • 10/04
SLOVENIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
SPAIN
Road to Santiago 3/10 Cover
Valencia Shimmers 11/09
Barcelona & Costa Brava
Discover Galicia 1/09
Barcelona 12/08
Great Off Season Value 10/08
Andalusia (Cover) • 08/08
Malaga's Culture• 05/ 08

Zaragoza • 01/08

Iberia's Capitals • 12/07
Prado's Debuts • 11/07
Cutting Edge Madrid • 08/ 07
Valencia • 04/ 07

SWEDEN
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
SWITZERLAND
Eye on Premium Prize 7/09
Cultural Lavaux • 02/08
Basel, Fribourg • 09/ 07
Basel Quietly Classy • 05/ 07
Scenic Postbus • 01/ 07

TURKEY
Cave Hopping in Cappadocia
Turkey’s Treasures 12/09
Seductive Istanbul 5/09
Hideaway 'St. Tropez' 11/08
Land of Sunrise • 05/ 08
Endless Mysteries • 07/ 07

UKRAINE
Top Ten Sights • 07/ 07

LATIN AMERICA
Round Up Feature
Live The Dream 1210
S. & C America • May 2008
ARGENTINA
Summer Escapes 0111
Maté to Malbec 810
24 Hrs in Buenos Aires 12/09
From A to C • 11/07
Learning to Tango • 10/05

BELIZE
Accessible Inland/Island Vacations 810
Belize Cruises 1/10
Heritage Groups • 02/08
Family Adventure • 07/ 07

BOLIVIA
May 2008
BRAZIL
Big, Fat Party in Brazil 10/09
Heart & Soul • 08/08
Bossa Nova Beaches • 03/08
Carnival • 09/07
Agent's Bargain • 05/ 07

CHILE
Comunas to Cordillera 710
Atacama Desert Gets Hotter 3/10
Chilean Surprises 11/09
From A to C • 11/07
Isla Negra • 07/0
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COLOMBIA
Islas del Rosario 5/10
Cartagena Day Trips 08/09
Takes Giant Leap • 12/06
COSTA RICA
Natural Wealth 9/10
Eco Tourism at the Source7/09
Green Pot of Gold • 07/08
T he Greening • 10/07
A Front Runner • 03/07

CURAÇAO
Down Under • 04/ 07
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Best of Both Hemispheres 710
Visiting Paradise 08/09
Secret Pacific Coast 3/09
Ever Changing 11/08
Traveling Mindfully • 01/08

Fragile & Focused • 08/ 07

EL SALVADOR
New World (Cover) • 11/ 07
GUATEMALA
Meet me at the fountain 12/08
Land of everlasting Spring 05

HONDURAS
Hello to Honduras 2/05 Cover
May 200
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MEXICO
Colonial Mexico 10/10
Fulfilling Your Basic Needs 6/10
The Soulful Side 12/09
Los Cabos for Luxurious Adventure 7/09
Hotel Chains 12/08
Uncommon Retreats • 0708
Report from Tianguis • 6/08
Puerto Vallarta • 12/07
Yucatan Glory Days • 07/ 07
Yucatan Peninsula • 05/ 07

NICARAGUA
May 2008 Round Up
Natural Beauty • 01/06

PANAMA
Growth Spurt • 0/ 07
Boca del Toro • 05/06

PARAGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
PERU
Amazon Odyssey: 11/10
Ancient Powers • 0908
Machu Picchu • 4/ 08
Festivals • 04/ 07

URUGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
VENEZUELA

May 2008 Round Up

THE MIDDLE EAST
DUBAI
Dubai’s Shifting Reality 3/09
EGYPT
Enduring Appeal 12/10
Beyond the Pyramids 810
Ancient Times, Modern World 4/10
Tourism Growth 12/09
Captivating, Affordable 12/08
Gaining Marketshares • 08/08
The Future is Now • 4/ 08

Touring • 11/07
Alone & Neighbors • 6/ 07
Temple Trekking • 7/06

ISRAEL
COVER: Negev Desert 12/10
Acre’s Old City 10/10
Exploring The Eco-Way
Israel Young and Old 11/09
Return to Little Screen 11/08
Spotlight on Haifa • 09/08
Sweet Secrets • 6/08
Eilat in Winter • 3/08
Beyond the Bible Belt • 1/ 08
Wine Routes • 11/07
Beyond Spiritual Ties • 9/ 07
Promises & Potential • 5/ 07

JORDAN
Plans for Next Millennium 7/09
New Sporting Life 3/09
The Royal Way... • 2/ 08
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oman–An Arabian Odyssey 910
Dubai Sands & Seas 12/08
Business in Dubai • 2/ 07
US

CANADA, HAWAII
ROUND UP SPAS
Dude Ranch Summer Deals 5/10
When Healing is More than Skin Deep
1/10
ALASKA
Fairbanks • 02/ 07
CALIFORNIA
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country 910
San Francisco • 01/ 08
Los Angeles • 01/ 07
CANADA
72 Hours in Montréal 710
Discover Quebec 7/09
Canadian Rail • 02/ 08

COLORADO
Vail’s Green Approach • 10/08
Supreme in Snow • 01/ 08

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
Perfect Weekend in DC 5/10
Gaylord National Park 11/08

FLORIDA
Orlando’s Attractions
Orlando’s Eternal Appeal 11/09
Orlando • 09/08
Naples • 03/ 08

Palm Beach • 11/07

HAWAII
Star Studded Courses • 04/ 08
Aloha Appeal • 08/ 07

LOUISIANA
New Orleans Child’s Play 8/09
New Orleans • 05/ 08
MAINE
Northeast Foliage 810
MAUI

Unforgettable Maui 5/09
NEVADA
Las Vegas, New & Renewed 6/10
Las Vegas • 04/ 08
Mandalay Bay • 12/07

Downtown Las Vegas • 07/ 07

NEW YORK
New York Deals 12/09
Big Apple Waterfalls • 08/08
TENNESSEE
Nowhere but Nashville 070
WASHINGTON
San Juan Island Adventure 11/10
WISCONSIN

Scenic Vacationland 1/09

CRUISE
ANTARTICA

In style in Antartica • 02/ 08
ASIA
China’s Heavenly River With Viking River Cruises 12/09
Yangtze River Rises to Star Status 08/09
China Yangtze River • 01/ 08

Viking River Cruises • 12/07
The South Pacific • 06/ 07

EUROPE
Ships & Itineraries Update 5/10
River Cruising • 03/08
Louis Cruises • 02/08
River & Canals • 03/07
The Danube • 01/07

LATIN AMERICA
Cruising Latin Beat • 11/07
WORLWIDE
Oasis Overtakes the Seas 1/10
Celebrity’s Solstice 1/09
Short & Sweet 09/08
High Seas Holiday • 09/07

SPECIAL INTEREST • SKI
WORLDWIDE

Passion for food 05/07
GOLF
Off Shore Courses • 10/07
RAIL
Europe Rail Travel 6/08
SAFARIS
African Safaris 3/10
African Safaris 6/08

SKI
Skiing the Northeast 12/10
Best US Ski-Cations Without the Crowds 11/09
Colorado • 01/ 08
Snow in right places • 12/ 07
Western USA • 9/07


Barcelona and the Costa Brava
By Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

It didn’t take Golden Globes winning movie Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona to put Barcelona on travelers’ top destinations list. With 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the best-preserved medieval districts in Europe, it was already among Europe’s five most popular cities and still is.
Barcelona’s combination of Modernista architectural landmarks by Antoni Gaudi and its tangle of charming Gothic Quarter streets, coupled with its reputation for good food and lively street life, assured its popularity back in the early 1990s, and it’s been growing ever since.
The film’s settings provide a good sampling of the city’s top sights. Clients who want to discover Barcelona for themselves can download a map (www.barcelonamovie.com) showing locations from the movie, including four Gaudi landmarks, La Rambla, Fundacio Miro and the National Museum of Art. Hop-on Hop-off tours (commissionable from about $30, www.barcelonacitytours.com, 800-348-7902) on board the double-decker Barcelona Bus Turístic makes it easy to tour these and the city’s other top attractions.
Ever since Frank Gehry’s stunning Guggenheim Museum was unveiled in Bilbao, Spain has been a leader in the comparatively new phenomenon of Architectural Tourism. Barcelona is among its stars, both for its striking contemporary buildings and for the iconic Modernista (Art Nouveau) buildings. Even clients without a particular interest in architecture won’t want to miss Gaudi’s fanciful works that rewrote the book on what buildings can look like.
At the very least they will want to see the still-unfinished church (although it’s Barcelona’s most famous church, it’s not the cathedral) of Sagrada Familia and the undulating apartment house, La Pedera. Urge them to tour La Pedera’s interior and climb to the roof, where they can get close-up perspectives on the bizarre chimneys that are said to have inspired the form of Darth Vader. Casa Batllo, also on Passieg de Gracias, has a roof like a dragon.
One of the most iconic Modernista buildings is not by Gaudi. Palau de la Musica Catalana is a magnificent concert hall whose lavish exterior is only a teaser to what lies within. Tours are given daily, or book clients tickets to performances for the complete experience (www.palaumusica.org).
The easiest way to see all of Barcelona’s Modernista highlights is on the 3.5-hour Artistic Barcelona tour (commissionable from about $60, www.barcelonacitytours.com). Serious architecture fans can choose one that combines Modernist with some of the city’s cutting edge works, including Gehry’s delightful fish at the Port Olimpico.
Suggest to all clients that they stroll this beautiful new waterfront promenade. Reserve them lunch or dinner at one of the two outstanding waterfront restaurants, La Gavina (www.lagavina-rte.com) inside the Paulau del Mar or Agua (www.aguadeltragaluz.com), right on the Maratim de Barcelonetta overlooking the city’s wide white-sand beaches.
Foodies can choose a 2-hour gourmet walking tour (about $30) or a 3-hour Tapas walking tour of the Ramblas and Gothic Quarter, stopping to enjoy and learn about Barcelona’s tapas. The tapas tour is about $70, including the tapas (commissionable; www.barcelonacitytours.com). Catalan cuisine is one of the top draws; Barcelona has 16 restaurants featured by Michelin, and more stars have fallen on the neighboring Costa Brava restaurants. And be sure to give them this insiders tip: head for Boqueria, Barcelona’s extraordinary central market, not only for free entertainment and local color, but to nosh at the food stalls on local specialties they may not find elsewhere.
Deep inside the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso museum, housed in a Medieval palace, contains the largest collection from his formative early years, as well as representative highlights from his other periods of work. Fundacio Miro pays homage to another of Catalonia’s premier 20th-century artists, Joan Miro, with more than 400 of his works on display, including paintings, sculpture and tapestry masterpieces. Look for Miro’s public sculptures elsewhere in the city.
The Catalonian National Art Museum, in the National Palace is a must for those who love medieval churches, since it contains the original wall paintings from the most important of the Romanesque churches in Catalonia, brought here to protect them from environmental damage. Barcelona has a total of 66 museums, covering everything from Roman walls to contemporary art — even the city’s beloved soccer team. Suggest to clients that the shops at any of the city’s museums and at the Palau de la Musica, are filled with unique items that make perfect souvenirs and gifts. A Barcelona Card includes deep discounts on museums along with free public transport (from $25, www.barcelonaturisme.com).
Be sure to advise them that no visit to Barcelona would be complete without joining the evening stroll along La Rambla, perhaps following a performance of Spain’s unique blend of lyric opera and flamenco, called zarzuela, at Gran Teatre del Liceu (www.liceubarcelona.cat).

Accommodations and Dining
According to Joana Homs i Ros, Assistant Director for Barcelona Turisme, “Seasonality has disappeared especially among Americans; there was a time when some hotels closed in August, but that is no longer the case.” The numbers tell the story: in 2008 the city counted 310 hotels and 29,000 rooms, by 2010, it will have an inventory of 352 hotels for a total of 33,000 rooms; another 4,000 rooms are expected to be available by 2011.
Two popular four-star properties that offer spacious rooms and good locations are the Hotel Granados 83, part of the Derby Collection, and the Hotel Fira Palace. Derby Hotel Group is keeping pace with the popularity of the city and now counts eight properties in Barcelona alone. The 77-room Granados is among its most urban and avant-garde properties but this one is equipped not just with modern design but all the practical elements both business and leisure travelers demand and appreciate: wireless internet access, swimming pools and a solarium as well as a chance to dine outdoors in the evenings. (Call +34 93 492 96 70; fax: +34 93 492 96 90; E-mail granados83@derbyhotels.com; www.derbyhotels.com
The Hotel Fira Palace, a Summit Hotel member, boasts the biggest rooms in the city in the heart of Montjuic between the Plaza de Espana and Gran Via Avenue and is about a 15-minute car ride from the airport and six minutes from the Central Railway Station. Set on a residential street, as close as it is to main sights, the rooms are quiet, a respite in this buzzing city. Av. Rius i Taulet, 1-3. Barcelona, Tel: +34 934 262 223; fax: +34 934 248 679;www.fira-palace.com.
In a town with a market as famous as Barcelona’s – La Boqueria – it is no wonder that 16 of its restaurants are featured in the Michelin guide. Among the most innovative and popular dining spots are MOO, AGUA located in the La Barceloneta district, La Gavina set inside the Paulau del Mar on Barcelona’s beachfront and the El Principal Restaurant at the Eixample. Among these, MOO is perhaps best known not only for its food but its design. Visually striking, it is located on the ground floor of Omm Hotel on Calle Rossello. Order the exquisite tomato appetizer, tomatoes are baked slow and arrive sweet.

The Wild Coast
Whether your clients are attracted by the city’s architecture, its history, its cuisine, its great art collections or its lively street life and music scene, they will find plenty in Barcelona to keep them busy. But it would be a shame to miss seeing the famed Costa Brava, the beach-lined vacation paradise that begins at the River Tordera, south of Barcelona, continues right into the city itself and stretches north to the French border.
Exactly a century ago, local journalist Ferran Agulló referred to this long coast of cliff-backed beaches as the Costa Brava – the wild coast. The name stuck, and it became one of Europe’s favorite beach destinations.
Arrange for your clients to take a full-day – and commissionable — tour to sample some of its highlights (www.barcelonacitytours.com) or you can book them for a few nights in the midst of the Costa Brava, at the beautiful Hostal de la Gavina in the town of S’Agaro. Guest rooms and public areas of this family-owned hotel are filled with heirlooms and priceless antiques: Flemish tapestries, Sevres vases, a collection of magnificent 17th-century bureaus and French furniture, Romanesque carvings and Murano lights (www.lagavina.com).

New Tourist Route Celebrates Art
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the name, the Costa Brava has a line-up of activities through September 2010, with special attention going to those places associated with the artists who were drawn to its natural beauty and lived, worked and visited the Costa Brava. A new ruta —- tourist route —showcases the region’s art, culture and scenic attractions.
The Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí lived in Cadaqués and at his birthplace in Figueres, Museu Dali is one of Europe’s most popular museums. Even the building – which Dali designed himself — celebrates surrealism, and the experience is a multi-dimensional one. Artists Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall also lived and worked on the Coasta Brava. Cadaqués is still a center for artists, with international painting and music festivals each summer.
Suggest the Costa Brava especially to golfers and foodies. The region is known both for its cuisine and its chefs; eight restaurants here have been awarded Michelin stars. Three went to Ferran Adrià of ElBulli in Roses (www.elbulli.com), who also tops the European Restaurant Ranking. Adrià and fellow Michelin-starred chefs Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca (www.cellercanroca.com) in Girona and Jaume Subirós of the restaurant at Hotel Empordà, near the Dali Museum in Figueres, are creating a centennial menu, and restaurants all along the coast will feature traditional dishes of the past 100 years.
The Hotel Empordà (www.hotelemporda.com) offers special packages that include visits to its famous kitchen.
Golfers will find nine top-ranking courses on the Costa Brava, including Caldes de Malavella’ s 36-hole PGA Golf Catalunya, named one of Europe’s top 10 courses. It hosts an event in the PGA’s 2009 European Tour. Serres de Pals Golf Club is a new championship course designed by Ramón Espinosa, with beautiful views over the Emporda region. Serres de Pals, Playa de Pals and the Emporda Golf Club are often referred to as the Golden Triangle of courses in that part of the Costa Brava. For course descriptions and information on corporate and incentive programs, visit www.barcelonagolf.com.
Other highlights of the Costa Brava that you can suggest to clients include its prettiest town, Tossa de Mar. White houses hug the narrow streets inside 12th-century town walls and towers, and secluded coves and long sand beaches stretch along the nearby shore. Pals is another medieval village, with beautiful views from the 11th-century ruins of Sant Pere de Rodes monastery.

Airport & Cruise Port News
Barcelona’s popularity has pressed the government to plan for major expansion in the air, on the ground and on the sea. Leisure and business travel has increased enormously in Barcelona over the past 15 years and in spite of economic downturns globally and in Spain, the city has seen very strong growth. Among the multi-million dollar projects is the new Terminal 1 at Barcelona International Airport, in El Prat de Llobregat. A total of 19 airlines will utilize the new terminal, including Spanair, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, Swiss, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, US Airways, Egyptair and Singapore Airlines. At the same time, Barcelona is developing its cruise terminal at Port Vell. The current one has gone from welcoming one to two million passengers within three years. In addition, there are two trains, which leave from Barcelona-Sants for Madrid. The ‘AVE’ train (high velocity train) runs to Madrid Puerta de Atocha during the day, and the ‘Costa Brava’ train runs to Madrid-Chamartin overnight.
For more information, contact the Tourist Office of Spain in New York 212-265-8822; Miami 305-358-1992; Chicago 312-642-1992 or Los Angeles 323-658-7188; www.spain.info

January 2009 Feature

Discover Galicia, the Celtic Soul of Spain!


Ruben C. Lois Gonzalez, Director Xeral de Turismo, Xunta de Galicia.

Hidden away on the Northwest corner of Spain, bordered on one side by Portugal and two sides by sea, is an enchanted emerald green land few Americans are familiar with. It’s a place where nature, culture and cuisine have all conspired to make it the perfect destination.
As soon as your clients arrive, they are greeted by some of the most friendly, cultured, hospitable and artistic people in Spain. Gallegos like the Irish, share a Celtic background and history that dates back 3000 years. They even play bagpipes, called Gaitas. They have their own unique culture which they love sharing, especially with those coming to Galicia for the first time.
If your clients love nature, few places in Spain can match Galicia for its varied terrain to explore. Hundreds of miles of rugged coastline and graggy granite faced cliffs rising from the sea, 700 pristine beaches, mountains, as well as rivers and streams teaming with fish.
When it comes to culture, Galicia has no less to show off. Two of its cities have been chosen by UNESCO as World Heritage Cities. Lugo surrounded by Roman walls and Santiago de Compostela, with its magnificent Romanesque architecture.
Although Galicia has not been fully explored by American tourists, it has long been a favorite destination of gourmands from all over the world. One reason is that it’s home to some of the best chefs in Spain. Another is the fact that five of the best wine regions in Spain are found in Galicia. And, then there are the natural ingredients this bounteous land provides; Full-flavored fruits and vegetables, rich creams and cheeses, tender mountain-grass-fed meats and over two hundred varieties of fish, 54 kinds of shellfish alone.
Pilgrims have trekked to the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela for over a thousand years seeking paradise in the next life. Today, sophisticated travelers come to Galicia seeking it in this one, in one of their many natural health spas.
To learn more about this enchanted land visit www.turgalicia.org or call destinationspain.us at 1-877-276-6636.