Austrian Airlines Starts Vienna-to-Newark Route

July 3, 2014 on 10:02 am | In Airlines, Austria, East Coast, New York City | Comments Off



Austrian Airlines launched a new route to the U.S. when Flight OS 089 departed Vienna at 10:15 a.m. local time. The Boeing 767 is scheduled to land at Newark Liberty International Airport at 1:35 p.m. local time, where the aircraft will be greeted by a celebratory water arch before taxiing to Terminal B. The return flight, OS 90, was scheduled to depart Newark at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Vienna at 8:35 a.m. tomorrow.

Austrian Airlines will operate the new service five times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With an aircraft configuration of 36 Business Class and 178 Economy Class seats, the flights complement the airline’s established daily route from Vienna to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Similar to the existing service to Vienna, passengers on the new Vienna-Newark service will be able to enjoy a plethora of services offered in order to make their flight as comfortable as possible. Included among these services is an on-board chef that will prepare fresh meals for premium passengers.

Austrian Airlines made the decision to increase its North American flight offers in 2013 with the announcement of the new Vienna-Newark service, as well as increased service to existing routes. “Our flights are very popular, which is why we are increasing their frequency,” said Karsten Benz, CCO of Austrian Airlines. “We are growing on long-haul routes, strengthening our flight service to the U.S. and expect more than 100,000 additional passengers in 2014.”

“I congratulate Austrian Airlines on the opening of a second regular flight from Vienna to the New York area. Economic ties between Austria and the US are continuously growing in strength and so it is significant and timely that, with the Newark flight, a new artery of exchange is established,” said Georg Heindl, Austrian Consul General.

At Newark Liberty, Austrian’s premium passengers have access to the new Lufthansa lounge, which features a Senator Lounge and Business Lounge encompassing nearly 4,000 square feet. Amenities include a quiet zone, charging station, work area and media center with televisions and periodicals in a variety of languages. The bistro area offers hot and cold selections from FLIK, a New York-based caterer.

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Jakobskreuz – unique mountain viewing platform in Austria

June 9, 2014 on 6:51 am | In Austria | Comments Off



At an altitude of 1456m in the peaceful Pillersee Valley in the Austrian Tirol, a brand new structure is being sculpted into the landscape and will become an extraordinary symbolic attraction. At the end of July, the Jakobskreuz, a 29m cross at the summit of the Buchsteinwand will open to visitors with five viewing platforms in all directions. The valley itself leads through the famous ‘Way of St James’, which is already popular in attracting pilgrims every year and this new symbol will become an integral part of this spiritual journey. The philosophy of the Jakobskreuz rests on four pillars: it is both a tourist destination with breath-taking views of the mountains as well as a special place to recharge your batteries, it serves as a pilgrimage site and a place for contemplation, it works as a “think tank ” where innovative seminars and workshops can take place and it is a unique venue where visitors can experience exhibitions and lectures in and around the cross. The Pillerseetal is located in the easternmost part of the Austrian Tirol region surrounded by the Kitzbüheler Alps and is home to Hochfilzen, Fieberbrunn, St Jakob in Huas, Waidring and St Ulrich am Pillersee. www.pillerseetal.at


Two new 18 hole golf courses open this summer in the Austrian Tirol

June 9, 2014 on 6:49 am | In Austria, Europe, Golf Resorts | Comments Off



“Golf Alpin Partner”: New Kitzbühel Alps-Westendorf Golf Club

In total there are 18 golf clubs located in the most beautiful parts of the Tirol region, 14 of which are assigned as a “Golf Alpin Partner”. The Golf Alliance brings Tirol, the province of Salzburg and the Salzkammergut area under a united golf umbrella brand. In May 2014 the brand new Kitzbühel Alps-Westendorf Golf Club opened and become a Golf Alpin partner: the 18-hole golf course is set on a sunny plateau and covers a length of almost 6 kilometers in total. The golf practice area, equipped with a driving range and a chipping area, adds to the appeal for both beginners and experts alike. www.gc-kitzbueheler-alpen.at

Zillertal’s First Golf Course

The first golf course in the Zillertal will open in Uderns on 1st July 2014, covering an area of 65 acres and at 550m above sea level allows for a long golf season from March to November. The golf complex will boast an 18-hole championship course (Par 71), a spacious practice area with covered tees and a short-game area, PGA golf school and a clubhouse. An adjoining new 4-star superior hotel will open in the Autumn. www.golf-zillertal.at

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New Hotel: The 5* „For Friends Hotel“ in Mösern Austria

June 9, 2014 on 6:49 am | In Austria | Comments Off



On 5th July 2014 the new “For Friends Hotel” will open in Mösern near Seefeld, only 20 kilometers from Innsbruck. Tirol’s latest hotel addition blends together the ultimate in architecture, design, culinary and wellness with some of the most breath-taking panoramic views over the valley of the River Inn. The Mountain Spa promotes a philosphy concentrating on the individual’s needs, offering classic treatments and more unusal therapies such as ‚Körperschall Therapie’. Essentially a sound therapy it allows you to experience music through the largest ear in the world: your body and results in you feeling recharged and emotionally strengthened. One of the highlights is the stunning infinity pool, with mesmerising views of the River Inn winding through the valley below.

Prices start from €170 per person on B&B in a double room with south facing balcony. The For Friends Roof Top Suite starts from €590 per person per night. The small village of Mösern is located in the Olympiaregion Seefeld and is one of Tirol’s most loved summer areas. Every summer mountain activity imaginable is on offer and its close proximity to Innsbruck means it serves as a great base to venture out on day trips. www.for-friends-hotel.at ; www.olympiaregionseefeld.com

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Austria Tour Operator News

June 9, 2014 on 6:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Europe | Comments Off



Zenith Holidays (020 3137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk ) has introduced the resorts in the Oetztal for Summer 2014, including Sölden, Obergurgl and AREA47, the unique outdoor adventure centre www.area47.com.

Inghams (01483 371100, www.inghams.co.uk)  has introduced new ‘Experience More’ activities, including a new Learn to Yodel hiking trail from Mayrhofen in the Zillertal and Apfel Strudl making in Seefeld and St Anton.

For more information on the Tirol region www.visittirol.co.uk  or keep updated at www.facebook.com/visittirol  or follow us on Twitter @VisitTirol


New for Summer 2014: Tirol Mountain Bike Safari

June 5, 2014 on 7:31 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria | Comments Off



Undertaking challenging altitude gains with steep climbs is not the appeal for all mountain bikers, especially when they can see a mountain lift heading in the same direction! For 2014 a newly designed mountain bike route will run across Tirol, utilising the existing mountain lifts and an expanded network of trails. The route will go from Nauders in the west to Kössen in the east, with 15 stages to complete over a distance of 650km and 24,500 vertical metres, of which 12,000m can now be undertaken by a newtork of 18 mountain lifts. A new multi-day lift ticket (3- or 6- day) will be available so mountain bikers can use it with all the participating mountian lift companies. The idea to utilise the mountain cable cars was initiated in the mid-1990s and finally in 2014 it has become a reality, after the various tourism regions have worked closely together to create a mountain bike network, using the existing lift infrastructure. All information about Tirol Mountain Bike Safari, free GPS data available for download as well as valuable tips on accommodation and where to stay http://www.tyrol.com/bikesafari.

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New 10-Night Walk Following Mozart’s Footsteps in Austria!

June 5, 2014 on 7:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Launched today, leading walking and cycling specialist, Headwater, are delighted to introduce their latest 10-night self-guided walk in the Austrian Lakes!

Combining relaxed, impeccably marked walks with high quality, luxury 4-star hotels throughout, this interest-packed route is packed with natural beauty, scenic views and cultural highlights. Much of the route follows lush forest trails and unspoilt lakeside paths (swimming opportunities galore!) linking picture-perfect “chocolate box” villages, waterfront castles and cobbled streets crammed with tiny frescoed houses. Every stop brings new discoveries too, from the antique cog railway in St Wolfgang to Mozart’s Museum in St Gilgen, and from historic Bad Ischl (Emperor Franz Josef declared war on Serbia form here, later leading to WW1) to St Michael’s Basilica in Mondsee, scene of the fanous wedding in The Sound of Music!

The hand-crafted 10-night itinerary has been cleverly designed to include both hotel-to-hotel walks, circular strolls and optional “rest day” excursions. Choices include the beautiful UNESCO lakeside village of Hallstatt (believed to be the oldest and most photographed village in the country) as well as Mozart’s fairytale city of Salzburg where Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens and elegant Viennese coffee houses abound!

NEW for summer 2014, this holiday departs every 2 days from 23 May to 22 Sep and costs from £1057 per adult (tour only), child £728; £1076 per adult (self drive in return Eurotunnel), child £748; £1387 per adult (inc return flights with Austrian Airlines from Heathrow to Salzburg), child £1018.

Prices include: travel as specified, 10-nights 4-star hotel accommodation, all breakfasts and 9 evening meals, local transfers, detailed maps and meticulous walking route notes, transport of bags between hotels, and 24/7 support both in UK and overseas.

*Child: over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults.

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PARK HYATT VIENNA OPENS AS FIRST HYATT HOTEL IN AUSTRIA

June 3, 2014 on 9:19 am | In Austria, Europe | Comments Off



Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the official opening of Park Hyatt Vienna, the seventh Park Hyatt property in Europe and the first Hyatt hotel in Austria. Formerly serving as a bank, the property has re-opened under the Park Hyatt name following a two year top-to-bottom renovation and restoration that preserved the history and charm of the original structure.

Situated in Vienna’s new pedestrian Goldenes Quartier and on the Am Hof square, Park Hyatt Vienna occupies a 100-year-old building that formerly served as the headquarters of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank and forms part of Vienna’s First District which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located in the heart of the most exclusive shopping district in Vienna, just steps away from the celebrated fashion houses and boutiques of Tuchlauben and Kohlmarkt, the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s most important sights, including St. Stephan Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, and all the historic monuments and museums that Vienna has to offer.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the Park Hyatt brand to a city like Vienna, which is rich in culture, art, history and sophistication,” said Monique Dekker, General Manager of Park Hyatt Vienna. “The Park Hyatt brand focuses on creating rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences, so we are eager to open our doors and welcome guests to discover a new business and leisure destination in the heart of historical Vienna.”

“Vienna was a priority development location for us, along with other gateway cities in western Europe where our guests are increasingly traveling,” said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Vienna presented an opportunity with the right location and the right owners that will allow us to create long-term value and build preference among travellers. As the Park Hyatt brand continues to expand into new and exciting locations, including the soon-to-open Park Hyatt New York and Park Hyatt Zanzibar slated for later this year, we are excited to be bringing this sophisticated and inspiring brand to destinations that are critical to our company’s growth.”

Design and Guestrooms

Park Hyatt Vienna maintains its original architecture, renovated and redesigned by the Dutch interior design company FJStijl. The hotel features 143 guestrooms, including 35 suites, ranging from 375 to 1,830 square feet square, which are among the largest standard rooms in the city. Inspired by the ancient bank building and Viennese culture, FJStijl designed a one-of-a-kind hotel with attention to detail and a passion for colour and texture that reflects the dual nature of the city’s historic environment. Vienna-inspired contemporary art, wood floors, Italian marble and elements such as blown-up brooches and other wall decorations are used for the interiors to offer a sophisticated, residential feel, a signature concept of the Park Hyatt aesthetic.

Dining

With the Park Hyatt brand known worldwide for its innovative dining concepts and exquisite cuisine, Park Hyatt Vienna will deliver memorable dining experiences with its restaurant, bar and lounge.

Located in the former cashier hall, The Bank is an all-day dining restaurant at Park Hyatt Vienna that features European provincial cuisine created from regional Austrian products that are freshly prepared in the restaurant’s show kitchen. The Bank offers an extensive buffet breakfast and gourmet cuisine combined with regional specialties for lunch and dinner.

Guests can discover a blend of elegance and luxury at the Pearl bar, which serves signature cocktails, long drinks, champagne, wine by the glass, premium spirits and bottled beer. Park Hyatt Vienna’s Pearl bar is the ideal location for a pre- or after-dinner drink or a warm place to meet friends and take a break from city shopping. From bar food to Vienna’s famous Wiener Schnitzel and small dishes on sharing plates, Pearl offers a variety of menu options for guests.

The Living Room allows guests to experience Park Hyatt Vienna as an extension of their own personal living space. This venue offers a cigar and whisky lounge in the heart of Vienna where guests can relax and enjoy a large selection of rare single malt whiskies and fine cigars.

The Lounge, the centrepiece of Park Hyatt Vienna, creates a tranquil sanctuary for guests who can relax and have a quick meal, enjoy delicious pastries, or indulge in a selection of wines and champagnes in the Lounge’s comfortable ambience.

Spa and Fitness

For relaxation of mind and body and as a retreat after a full day in Vienna’s city center, guests can escape to the luxurious 10,000 square foot Arany Spa which offers superior beauty and health treatments. Using the Australian product line, Sodashi, Arany Spa takes guests on a sensory journey. The word “Arany” is derived from the Hungarian language and means gold, and it reflects the location of the spa, which is the treasure room of the building. Spread out over two floors, the spa features six spacious treatment rooms, one of which is a couple’s treatment room with private changing facilities and a shower.

Other facilities available at Arany Spa include a 160 square foot pool located in the former vault of the bank, fitness facilities featuring the advanced technology line Artis from Technogym, and a separate wet area with sauna, steam bath, sanarium, vitality shower, and relaxation area, all which are also accessible for non-hotel guests.

Event Facilities

With its central location, Park Hyatt Vienna provides exclusive conference and meeting facilities and offers more than 8,000 square feet of space, perfectly designed for small meetings, cocktail receptions, weddings, gala dinners and more. All conference rooms are equipped with natural daylight, the latest audio-visual equipment and individually adjustable air-conditioning. Five boardrooms will feature permanently installed screens ranging from 70 to 80 inches, as well as interactive touch panels to control the lighting.

Moreover, Park Hyatt Vienna offers attractive daily delegate rates for meetings or conferences.

Reservations for Park Hyatt Vienna may be made by visiting the hotel’s website or by calling a Hyatt Worldwide Sales Centre. Visit Park Hyatt Vienna on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParkHyattVienna.

About Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt provides discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodation and offers them highly attentive personal service in an intimate environment. Located in several of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with a distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, meeting and special event space for groups, critically acclaimed art, food and beverage programmes, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 33 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Carlsbad, Changbaishan, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington D.C., and Zurich. www.parkhyatt.com.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Ziva™ brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of March 31, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 554 properties in 47 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Dances with Austrians

June 3, 2014 on 6:25 am | In Austria, Europe | Comments Off



For Hyatt’s first-ever foray into Austria this summer, an elegant, yet refined, splash was needed—and sneak peeks of the new Park Hyatt Vienna reveal that the company is certain to be celebrating a resounding success when the hotel opens in June.

A meticulous renovation breathes new life into a 100-year-old former bank building, bringing the baronial beauty into the new millennium with top-notch technology and first-class amenities. The august structure proclaims a handsome dignity from the outside; within, stately is the story, told in fine design that reveres the past while embracing the present.

Three beautifully restored spaces beckon guests for drinking and dining onsite: for cocktails at Pearl, a whisky-and-cigar experience at The Living Room or fine European cuisine at The Bank Restaurant.

From the grand marble staircase and wood-paneled ballroom, with its intricate golden ceiling, to the sumptuous rooms (some of them enormous, with lofty ceilings, to boot) and the serene design of the Aranya spa, the Park Hyatt Vienna is tuning up to hum a melody of nothing but refinement. Waltz, anyone?

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European festivals with self-guided bike tours

May 21, 2014 on 12:23 pm | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Europe, Festivals, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Planning to attend one of Europe’s hottest summer festivals? Event calendars start filling up this time of year and even though most of the events only last a couple of days, why not do it in conjunction with a bicycle tour to extend the fun? Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Vienna, Austria: June 27-29
On a skinny 13-mile-long island in the middle of the Danube River, 2,000 musical acts crisscrossing all genres arrive for Europe’s largest open-air festival. Come and groove along with, literally, millions, of music fans.PAIRING: Vienna to Prague Tour
After a weekend of singing, dancing and sightseeing in Vienna, pedal along the Czech/Austrian border through UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy spotting castles, vineyards and historic landmarks, many of which can be tied to World War II.

 

IL PALIO
Siena, Italy: July 2 and August 16

Since the 14th century, this epic horse race takes over Siena. On these two days, things get hairy: many riders get bucked from their horses and the winner is the first horse to cross the finish line, with or without its rider!
PAIRING: Tuscany Classic Tour
Begin touring the Tuscan countryside in Pienza four days prior to Il Palio. Explore famous towns like Montepulciano and Montalcino, winding through the scenic landscape, stopping to taste Brunello wine and taking a walk back through time. On Day 5, find Siena’s Piazza del Campo and get ready for the greatest 90-second race in the world!

Montreux, Switzerland: July 4-19

Along the sublime Lake Geneva shoreline, this celebrated jazz festival attracts some of the biggest acts in jazz, but also other genres. This year’s highlights include Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack, Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones.

PAIRING: Geneva and Lakes Region Tour
This is a great option for families! Follow country roads and vineyard paths on this easy itinerary from Geneva to Solothurn. Customize the itinerary by adding a loop from Morges to Montreux in order to spend an evening listening to jazz along the Lake Geneva shoreline at the second largest jazz festival in the world.
Avignon, France: July 4-27
 As one of the largest international festivals for contemporary live performance, culture vultures from all over the world descend upon the City of Popes to witness brilliant works of theatre and dance, as well as fine art and music.
PAIRING: Provence Star Cycle Tour
Arrive in Avignon the day of or day before the festival to provide enough time for sightseeing and festival activities. Then choose from four itineraries to embark on and enjoy three full days of cycling or sightseeing in the villages surrounding Avignon.
Perugia, Italy: July 11-20
For 10 days Perugia—Umbria’s romantic city on a hill—becomes a global musical village, where the music dances between medieval buildings and squares, with performances by Herbie Hancock Wayne Shorter Duo, The Roots, Dr. John and many others.
PAIRING: Umbria, Italy’s Green Heart Tour
Plan the bike tour around the festival performances you want to see. Travelers can bike through vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages from Orvieto to Torgiano before extending the trip to enjoy the festival in Perugia before returning home.
Perpignan, France: August 30-Sep 14
The world’s largest photojournalism event brings together 3,000 of the most accomplish photojournalists, photography agencies and photo professionals to Perpignan, a dynamic city Salvador Dalí once called the “center of the universe”.
PAIRING: Languedoc – Carcassonne to the Coast Tour
Start the journey in Carcassonne, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, then wind through the wild landscape, passing Château de Queribus and Château de Peyrepertuse to where the Mediterranean waters meet the Pyrenees Mountains. The stone and sandy beaches, creeks and crystal clear water will entice travelers to stay for a while and take a swim! On Day 7, head to Perpignan for the festival and to share the French country through beautiful, artistic photos.
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