SWISS CONSUL GENERAL . . .
THE ULTIMATE HOSTESS
by Bonnie Carroll
Brigitta Schoch Dettweiler, Los Angeles Consul General of Switzerland, and her husband hosted a lovely Swiss inspired luncheon around their pool in the Los Angeles Larchmont area, where representatives from various regions in Switzerland shared the exciting details of visiting their unique destination areas with media and guests. Maja Gartmann, a devoted and highly effective representative of Switzerland tourism was honored with a gift from Mrs. Schloss during the event.
The luncheon menu was a collection of delicious Swiss favorites that were accompanied by Swiss wines. Guests left armed with a bevy of travel information on touring Switzerland, logo gifts and some Swiss chocolates for home enjoyment.
TOP THIS SWISS PROMOTION
Switzerland celebrated the European Football (soccer) Championship, with a demonstration of a giant short film clip, plus photos, showing a gigantic football balanced on the top of our beloved Jet d'Eau fountain !
It's an amazing installation of a football, 15 m in diameter, filled with helium, anchored at 150 m above the lake, i.e. 10 meters above the top of the famous lakeside fountain.
The symbols of Geneva and UEFA Euro 2008 are thus united ! Thanks to innovative and original techniques, the Jet d'Eau will propel the football until the end of the Championship, June 29th. There will be a special summer competition in the Pacific Palisades, California for information visit: www.myswitzerland.com.
TRENDY MEETS THE DEMAND
The Suitess Hotel in Dresden offers exquisite comfort to its guests. With 42 rooms and suites the five-star hotel promises high class service. A top spa and gourmet restaurant offer the best treatment for body and soul. Located directly in Dresden’s city center next to the famous Church of our Lady, the Suitess is a special sight of its own combining Biedermeier décor with modern arrangements.
Fleming‘s Hotel Deluxe in Frankfurt‘s city center opened last month and is part of the Deluxe’s chain‘s new range of "Deluxe" establishments. Five-star is the only way to describe the facilities and furnishings of its 106 rooms and six suites. Look out for the fully functioning paternoster lift and head up to the rooftop terrace for unforgettable panoramic views over Frankfurt and the Taunus hills.
Next to Duesseldorf’s airport, the new Maritim Hotel is a real draw for business travelers seeking an oasis with an exclusive workout center, spa and top restaurant. With a combined event capacity for 5,000 people and a total of 533 rooms, the new Maritim property is now also the largest conference hotel in North Rhine Westphalia.
On the Alster River, also in Hamburg’s center, "The George Hotel" is opening this fall. This four-star hotel will be equipped with 118 luxuriously furnished rooms, five exquisitely equipped suites and two elegant penthouses with Alster view. "The George Hotel" is a pioneer project: The first luxury hotel in Hamburg’s lively St. George district with its upcoming boutiques, restaurants and trendy street cafes right in front of the door.
The four-star "Lindner Hotel Am Michel" is the most recent addition to Hamburg’s hotel choices. Open since March, the hotel offers 259 elegant rooms and suites, excellent conference facilities for up to 180 participants, as well as two restaurants. The central location between Hamburg’s famous and centrally located St. Michaelis Church, the HafenCity and the canals of the Speicherstadt makes the "Lindner Hotel Am Michel" an ideal vantage point for every traveler.
Visitors looking for a trendy and entertaining stay should visit the "Superbude." The new two-star design hotel opened in April and is a great deal for travelers in search for fun and something different. Situated in Hamburg’s up and coming district of St. Georg guests stay not far from the alster River and city center: The two- and four-bedrooms are set up in individual colour schemes and a bed in a shared room is available for only 16 Euro.
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 1ST, 2008, 4PM
Pacific Palisades High School,
15777 Bowdoin Street,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
CELEBRITY FRIENDSHIP GAME: ALPINE UNITED VS. HOLLYWOOD UNITED
TO CELEBRATE EURO 2008 UEFA EUROPEAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP,
7-29 JUNE 2008
To promote in a friendly and fun spirit the upcoming EURO 2008 soccer championship, 7-29 June 2008, jointly organized by Austria and Switzerland, Alpine United, a team composed by Swiss and Austrian Los Angeles based personalities, will play a friendship game against celebrity soccer team Hollywood United. The event is free to the public and it is hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles.
Hollywood United boasts on its roster: Anthony LaPaglia, Actor, Without a Trace; Brandon Routh, Actor, Superman; Jimmy-Jean Louis, Actor, Heroes; Santiago Cabrera, Actor, Heroes; Ralf Little, Actor, The Royal Family; Costas Mandylor, Actor, Beowulf; Louis Mandylor, Actor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Tamer Hassan, Actor, Layer Cake; Danny Cannon, Director, Goal, CSI Las Vegas; Richard Gough, Ex-professional, Scottish legend with 61 caps; Frank Leboeuf, Ex-professional, midfielder for the French 1998 World Cup Champions; Alexi Lalas, Ex-professional, American World Cup player and Italian Serie A player, General Manager of the LA Galaxy; Olivier Biaggi, Ex-professional, defender, Switzerland; Steve Jones, Guitarist, Sex Pistols, radio personality; Paul Cook, Musician, Sex Pistols; Ziggy Marley, Musician; Vivian Campbell, Guitarist/Singer, Def Leppard; Ian Astbury, Singer, The Cult; Billy Duffy, Guitarist, The Cult; Bob Sinclar, DJ (all these stars have played in the past; names of players for the June 1st game to be confirmed, according to their availability).
Alpine United (a group of Swiss and Austrian all stars, according to their availability on June 1st): Swiss players Xavier Koller, Academy Award Winning Director, Journey of Hope; Daniel Bernhardt, Actor, The Matrix Reloaded; Gianfranco Tordi, Actor, The Good German; Raffaele Memoli, Actor, Eau Contraire; Giacun Caduff, Director, 2B or Not 2B. Austrian players Patrick Knapp, Entertainment Attorney; Christian Huemer, Art Historian, Getty Institute; Walter Spatny, Actor and Model; Thomas Grabner, CEO, Kastner & Partners. More players to be announced.
During half-time, the recipient of a charity auction to be held at a private June 29th event at the Swiss Consul General residence, hosted by both the Austrian Consul General and the Swiss Consul General (by invitation only), will be announced.
“We are very happy to play against Hollywood United, a celebrity team which has done a lot to promote soccer in the United States”, say Swiss Consul General Brigitta Schoch Dettweiler and Austrian Consul General Martin Weiss, main sponsors of the game. “It is an honor to be part of a promotional game for the Euro 2008 soccer championship”, replies Anthony LaPaglia, Hollywood United President.
Players and attendees will be available the day of the game for interviews. You will have access to the celebrities before, during and after the game, on a goodwill basis and according to their availability. Please respect any specific request they might have regarding time restraints, photo policies, etc.
For media working with weekly publications, Consul General Brigitta Schoch Dettweiler (Switzerland), Consul General Martin Weiss (Austria), and Ian Carrington, Hollywood United Manager of Operations, will be available for interviews also before the day of the game.
The event is sponsored by Nestlé USA Inc., Swiss International Air Lines, PR1MARY, Switzerland Tourism, Presence Switzerland, Austrian Football Association, Austrian Trade Commission Los Angeles, Austrian Federal Government and Austrian National Tourist Office.
All the EURO 2008 soccer championship games will be broadcast live at the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles (5750 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036, tel. 323-525-3388), courtesy of the Goethe Institute, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles. Free admission!
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Guests will also enjoy a variety of amenities and services at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, which recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation of the lobby, public spaces, exteriors, and guest rooms – each outfitted with new flat screen televisions and in-room refrigerators. The resort’s pool and giant waterslide and two of its restaurants were also re-vamped.
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ROBB REPORT 20th ANNUAL ‘BEST OF THE BEST’
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NEW HOTELS IN GERMANY -
More and more tourists visit Germany and the country offers some great new hotels to meet the growing demand. The luxurious Suitess Hotel in Dresden, the new five-star Fleming’s hotel in Frankfurt, the new convention hotel Maritim in Duesseldorf, or the trendy and chic George Hotel, Lindner Hotel and Superbude in Hamburg - Germany’s new accommodations fit every taste and interest.