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April 5, 2013 6:14 pm
France A company that runs guided tours around Paris is branching out to offer a driving holiday designed to celebrate the “art de vivre à la française”. The week-long trip, which starts on May 12, is a journey from Paris to Cannes, via 20 rural villages listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Participants will stop to explore the heritage, gastronomy, and crafts of the regions they are passing through. Better still, they will be driving Citroen 2CVs, the classic cars launched in 1948 that have become emblematic of rural France. It costs from €2,200 per person, including food, accommodation and rental of a 2CV. Berets and Breton jumpers are optional. www.4roues-sous-1parapluie.com
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Peru American Airlines has launched daily flights from Dallas Fort Worth to Lima, in a move that will ease connections from cities across the US and Europe. AA said it was responding to increased demand as a result of Peru’s growing economy. www.aa.com
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Dubai Further evidence of the determination of leading hotel chains to look east for expansion came last month when Starwood, the hotel group with a portfolio of 1,134 properties, temporarily relocated its global headquarters from Stamford, Connecticut, to Dubai. The month-long “immersion”, designed to help senior managers cultivate a more global perspective, involved 200 executives travelling to Dubai. The group has announced plans to open eight properties under its W Hotels brand in Asia over the next five years, and says it expects 90 per cent of its future luxury hotel openings to be in emerging markets. www.starwoodhotels.com
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UK The 135,000 tickets to this summer’s Glastonbury Festival may have sold out within just two hours, but those eager to attend can still gain access thanks to an initiative by a local vineyard. For the first time, Bagborough Vineyard, located a mile from the festival site in southwest England, will set aside several acres to create a luxury campsite for up to 70 people, complete with yurts with double beds and cotton sheets, hot showers and meals. Shuttles will take guests into the festival site, and hospitality tickets are included in the price – £5,995 for two (from June 27 to July 1). www.campbagborough.com
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