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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


December 2012 FEATURE

Britain: Still Building Momentum

By Barbara Radcliffe and Stillman Rogers

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics focusing worldwide attention on Britain throughout 2012, England, Scotland and Wales are poised to welcome visitors inspired by what they’ve seen and heard. And rather than resting after their busy year of luxury hotel openings and other preparations, Britain heads full-steam into two more years marked by celebrations and major events. Be prepared to guide clients to what’s new, what’s ahead and to the best of the old.
Count on Series 3 of the wildly popular Downton Abbey to inspire your clients, and be ready to create an itinerary that includes one of the great houses where the series was filmed, or a stay in a grand manor house to sample the Downton Abbey lifestyle themselves. National Trust properties Waddesdon Manor and Greys Court, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, were both used as settings and are open to the public, and three of the Trust’s stately homes are Historic House Hotels. Hartwell House & Spa near Aylesbury, Middlethorpe Hall & Spa in York and Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in North Wales offer luxurious guest rooms, fine dining and traditional afternoon teas, along with magnificent gardens and parklands to stroll (www.nationaltrust.org.uk).

Hotels with a History
Dozens of other manor houses and castles are now luxury hotels, including the magnificent Amberly Castle, close to Gatwick Airport (www.amberleycastle.co.uk) and Ruthin Castle, near Chester. This Welsh castle was owned by three different British monarchs, including Elizabeth I (www.ruthincastle.co.uk). Clients with a taste for the supernatural might prefer Gwydir Castle, one of the most haunted houses in Wales and one of its finest Tudor houses. The castle’s two ghosts are not shy with strangers, so guests have a good change of an encounter (www.gwy
dir-castle.co.uk).
In Scotland, Isle of Eriska Hotel, on its own private island in Loch Linnhe near Oban, is a red-sandstone and granite Victorian mansion whose elegant and supremely comfortable guest rooms overlook lawns that include bowling greens and a croquet court. The exceptional dining room offers a varied menu based on Scottish meats, seafood and products, and the hotel has its own smokehouse for smoking salmon. A loch-side golf course, tennis courts, full-service spa, walking trails and opportunities to kayak in the lochs (not to mention the nightly appearance of badgers) add to an air of cosseted seclusion (www.eriska-hotel.co.uk).
Cameron House, on Loch Lomond is an 18th-century mansion with beautifully appointed guest rooms in traditional tartan and wood paneling. Restaurants range from Michelin-starred formal dining to a casual marina-side seafood option, and a full concierge staff minds the details of activities: water sports, loch tours by boat and plane, walking tours, a spa and golf (www.devere-hotels.co.uk).

London and More
London’s appeal is timeless, and most clients will want to spend at least some time here. Several new or newly refurbished hotels are ready to welcome them, including three that debuted this fall: 4-star London Pullman St Pancras (www.pullman
hotels.com), stylish up-market Ibis London Blackfriars in the heart of the newly regenerated neighborhood (www.ibis.com), and The Wellesley, a 36-suite ultra-luxury townhouse in fashionable Knightsbridge (www.thewellesley.co.uk).
In 2013, London observes 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show, and in July the repurposed Olympic park opens as the largest urban park development in Europe. London museums, most of them free, will launch exhibits on Pompei (British Museum) and film costumes, including Darth Vader’s (Victoria & Albert). Reflecting guests’ interest in authentic and in-depth tourist experiences, Accor’s M Gallery St. Ermin’s Hotel near St. James Palace offers guests private tours of Westminster Abbey with the back-story of royal history told by Abbey staff (www.mgallery.com).
Regions on offer from VisitBritain include the Cotswolds, Manchester and Newcastle (www.visitbritain.com). Hitherto little noticed by international visitors, the northeastern city of Newcastle has just added 11 new hotels, and last year South Shore Road was awarded the title of Hippest Street in Britain for its vibrant arts scene, anchored by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and international music center, The Sage Gateshead.
The biennial Manchester International Festival in July 2013 (www.mif.co.uk), promises three weeks of world-class premiers and performances, in a compact city (end-to-end is a 20-minute walk) with a free hop-on bus service connecting rail station, hotels, attractions and shopping. The old Victorian railway station in its midst has completed conversion to a convention center, with exhibition space, conference venues and 2,500-room adjoining hotel capacity (opposite is The Midland Hotel, legendary for being where Rolls met Royce). Best news for your clients is that they can stay at a 5-star hotel in Manchester at the price of 3-star in London. The National Football Museum opened here in July 2012 (www.VisitManchester.com).

Wales Watch
Iconic Welsh actor Richard Burton is the big news in Wales, with designated Richard Burton trails highlighting his birthplace in Pontrhydyfen, and Taibach, where he grew up. Clients can download a map (www.visitnpt.co.uk/richardburton). In October 2013, Wales begins a full year of celebrations of the centenary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s birth. Fans can dine on authentic Edwardian-era food at small bi-weekly dinners at his preserved birthplace in Swansea or participate in other events there (www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com), while Brown’s, his favorite pub in Laugharne, has just reopened as a 5-star boutique hotel (www.browns-hotel.co.uk).
Be sure to point foodies to Wales, where outstanding chefs and a wealth of locally produced ingredients - Welsh beef and lamb, game from local estates, artisan cheeses - combine in equal measure. Reserve tables (and rooms) at Felin Fach Griffin, a little pub near Brecon that’s been named the UK’s Inn of the Year and Dining Pub of the Year for Wales (www.felinfachgriffin.co.uk), or Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook in Monmouthshire, named the best restaurant in Wales by Good Food Guide (www.crownatwhitebrook.co.uk). To revel in local food and drink, suggest the annual Abergavenny Food Festival in September (www.aber
gavennyfoodfestival.com) or Conwy Feast in October (www.conwyfeast.co.uk). For lodgings with outstanding food based on locally sourced products, you can be confident booking clients at hotels belonging to Welsh Rarebits (www.rarebits.co.uk).

Scotland Naturally
2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, when tourism initiatives spotlight the magnificent scenic vistas of the highlands, lowlands and islands, and encourage visitors to enjoy the landscape responsibly, choosing accommodations with green policies and supporting those who make the most of local resources (www.visitscotland.com). It’s not a hard sell in a land where chefs and consumers are passionate about eating local, and where some of the world’s finest meats are raised.
Stars seem to have fallen on Edinburgh - Michelin stars, that is - and on chefs who prize Scottish ingredients. Fresh, seasonal and local are the mantra of all five starred chefs, especially at the wonderfully innovative 21212, in a townhouse on one of Edinburgh’s crescents. The flawless service, stylish decor and artistic table settings are all overshadowed by the succession of five creative courses. Reserve one of the lush guest rooms upstairs so clients can bask in the experience (www.21212restaurant.co.uk).
Too recently opened to get a star, but definitely the one to watch is One Square, on the street level of the smart new Sheraton Edinburgh, fresh from a complete top-to-bottom re-do that makes it a stand-out lodging choice. Their full-service spa, dining and stunning new lounge make the hotel into a luxury city resort (www.sheratonedinburgh.co.uk). Edinburgh’s other lodging news is the $15 million renovation of a revered landmark, rebranded as The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (www.theca
ledonianedinburgh.com).
Homecoming Scotland, when people of Scottish descent gather here from all over the world, is set for 2014, the same year that Scotland hosts two major sporting events: The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the 2014 Commonwealth Games headquartered in Glasgow’s new Commonwealth Sports Arena & Velodrome. Opening in 2013 is Glasgow’s Hydro, a 12,000-seat arena for international music, entertainment and sports events, poised to become one of world’s busiest entertainment arenas (www.seeglasgow.com).
Book clients at Blythswood Square, a beautifully designed renovation of the former Automobile Club of Scotland, right in the heart of Glasgow and an easy walk to the Willow Tea Room and other iconic Charles Rennie Macintosh sites. Racing fans will like it, as it was for years the starting point of the Monte Carlo Rally, but all your clients will love the smart decor, the beautiful spa and the pampering staff (www.townhousec
ompany.com/blythswoodsquare).

Luxury On Land & Sea
Feel confident booking clients at any of the 30 properties in Connoisseurs Scotland’s collection (www.luxu
ryscotland.co.uk), which includes four of the world’s finest golf resorts, The Royal Scotsman luxury train and MV Hebridean Princess, the finest hotel afloat. New is the ship’s first-ever stop in Belfast, Northern Ireland, scheduled for the April 16 sailing (www.hebrid
ean.co.uk).