Spring and Summer Hotel Packages Focus on Iconic Events and Attractions Around the World

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Marriott & Renaissance Hotels Offer Destination-Focused Summer Getaway Packages.

If you want to - and need to - get away this summer, a strong dollar and decreased travel costs make this a great time to take off for hotel packages throughout Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Asia/Pacific. Here are some enriching travel breaks that should not break the bank, from Marriott International (http://www.marriott.com).

EUROPE'S LARGEST OPEN-AIR PARTY: Last July, two million people converged in the Belgian city of Ghent for the 10-day Ghent Festivities -- or Ghent Festeen -- four international festivals featuring top theater groups, puppet theater, jazz and Belgium's most important electronic music. For this year's festivities, from July 18 - 27, the Ghent Marriott Hotel, centrally located on the River Lys, offers its Exclusive Ghent Marriott Festival hotel package for €378 (per room, based on double occupancy), including three nights accommodations, American buffet breakfast, six vouchers for drinks at the Polé Polé live music festival (http://www.polepole.be) in front of the hotel, and two tickets for a boat trip through the historic city center. Package valid for a three-night stay only. For reservations, contact the hotel by telephone +32 9 269 77 22 or e-mail, at reservations @ marriottghent.com or online at http://www.Marriott.com/gnemc, and specify corporate/promotional code P42.

PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Now in its 64th year, the Prague Spring International Music Festival (http://www.festival.cz) is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. This year the festival runs from May 12 to June 3, presenting renowned orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, artists such as violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and tenor Juan Diego Florez, and the operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. The Prague Marriott Hotel, steps from Old Town Square and Municipal Hall, offers the Prague Spring Festival hotel package for CZK 6,000 (Czech Crowns) per room per night (roughly 300 USD), from May 10 - June 5, including full American breakfast for two and two tickets to one concert, as available. To book, select your preferred performance from the festival site and then call +420 22288882 or e-mail prague.reservations @ marriotthotels.com; visit http://www.marriottprague.com for hotel information. The Courtyard Prague Airport Hotel offers its Prague Spring Special priced at CZK 4.999 per room per night (approximately 250 USD) with full American breakfast for two, two tickets to one concert as available and limousine to and from concert. To book, call +420 236 077 170 or e-mail prague.airport.reservations @ courtyard.com; visit http://www.marriott.com/prgpa for hotel information. The Courtard Prague Flora Hotel offers a similar festival package, priced at CZK 4.999 including breakfast for two, two public transport tickets and two theater tickets. Call +420 22288882, e-mail prague.reservations @ marriotthotels.com or visit http://www.courtyardpragueflora.com. Each hotel's package requires one-night, prepaid non-refundable deposit.

ARISTOCRATIC PACKAGE IN BUENOS AIRES: Celebrating its 100th birthday on July 15, 2009, the Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires, offers the Aristocratic Buenos Aires package, from $281 to $431 USD, per room, per night, including daily buffet breakfast and a Buenos Aires aristocratic tour in private car or van with bilingual guide. Built by Ernesto Tornquist, a leading businessman of the day, the hotel mirrored luxurious European hotels and immediately was favored by the elite of Buenos Aires. The tour covers the northern districts, enclaves of the privileged classes since the 19th century, and examines the lifestyle of the old families during the Porteña belle époque. Package valid now through December 31, 2009, from Thursday to Sunday, with two-night minimum stay. To book, call 54-11-43183069 or e-mail (mhrs.buear.reservations @ marriotthotels.com); specify promotional code ARN.

MUSEUM WEEKEND IN DOHA: Visit the spectacular new Museum of Islamic Art with the Doha Marriott Hotel's Museum Weekend Package, priced at QR 1,030 per room, per night, which includes deluxe accommodation, breakfast at the Corniche Restaurant, transportation to the museum and back to the hotel, and complimentary museum entrance. The first of its kind in the Persian Gulf, the Museum of Islamic Art features masterpieces from three continents and 14 centuries and celebrates the diversity of Islamic art. Hotels Packages valid now through December 31, 2009,Wednesdays to Saturdays. To book, call reservations +974 429 8502 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/dohmc-doha-marriott-hotel/ and enter promotional code: MAJ.

FANTASTIC GOLF PACKAGE IN ALGARVE: The Vila Sol Algarve, A Renaissance Spa & Golf Resort, offers a seven-night golf break with three rounds of golf, per person, per stay and daily breakfast from €588 per person. A wealth of nearby historic villages and cultural attractions, traditional crafts and gastronomy, plus the Vila Sol's 15,000-sq.-ft Spa, makes this an ideal couples' or family getaway. To book, call 1-800-228-9290 or visit http://www.renaissancealgarve.com and enter code GOF in the corporate/promotional box. Based on availability, valid seven days a week through October 31, 2009.

HINTS OF EXOTIC IN DOWNTOWN PARIS: Designed by the renowned architect Christian de Portzamparc , the ultra-modern, ultra chic Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel with its 96 rooms and 22 suites will open in April 2009 on the Avenue de Wagram, approximately 300 meters north of the Arc de Triomphe. From April 27 through January 10, 2010, the hotel is offering its Escape Dining package. Starting at €339 per person, per night, with two-night minimum, this package includes a full buffet breakfast both days, a night stay in a comfortable and spacious Deluxe guest room, cocktail and Indonesian dinner for two in Makassar Lounge & Restaurant. With fashionable lighting effects, rich comfortable leather seating and a private terrace overlooking the interior garden, it is definitely the right place to chill out! For information or booking, visit http://www.renaissancearcdetriomphe.com.

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW IN GRAND STYLE: The newly restored Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel offers two hotel packagesbreaks coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 19-23, 2009. Priced from £605, the two-night Grosvenor House Chelsea Flower Show Break for two, including two nights, full breakfast, full-day tickets to the show and Champagne Rose Tea. For the two-night Ultimate Grosvenor House Chelsea Flower Show Break, priced at £3,290, stay in a refurbished Park View Suite overlooking Hyde Park, champagne, breakfast, Champagne Rose Afternoon Tea, dinner at acclaimed Corrigan's Mayfair, and a Bentley to take you to the show for a VIP tour with the director. Reservations for the Ultimate Break should be made by telephone direct to Karen Sivamberam on 020 7399 8009. To book, call ++44 (0)20 7499 6363 or visit http://www.londongrosvenorhouse.co.uk.

THE DISCOVER CANCUN AND XCARET: Discover the native flora and fauna of Mexico now through December 16, 2009, with the family-friendly Discover Cancun and Xcaret Package, from $325 - $501 at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort Cancun and from $358 - $501 at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Package includes daily breakfast for two adults and two children and transportation to and from Xcaret Eco Park (http://www.xcaret.com) with its Butterfly Pavilion, inlets and beaches and Xcaret's one-of-a-kind celebration "Xcaret Mexico Spectacular" night show. Water activities include scuba, sea trek, snorkel and swim with dolphins. Minimum stay three nights; valid seven days a week through 12/16/09. To book, call 1-800-228-9290 http://www.jwmarriottcancun.com or http://www.casamagnacancun.com , and enter promotional code ZJ6.

THE MARKETS AND BEACHES OF SAIGON: The Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon announces its Summer Family Getaway Package at Saigon's premier riverside address. Enjoy the tropical weather, Vietnamese cuisine and visit the famous Ben Thanh market and Vung Tau beach for only US$299 per night, including round-trip airport transfers; daily breakfast for two; buffet dinner for two, including drinks at Riverside Café; full-day tour package to Vung Tau beach; and half day city tour and shopping at Ben Thanh market. Offer valid until 31st July 2009, with minimum three-night night and advance reservations required. To book, call to 84 8 3822 0033, e-mail reservations @ renaissance-saigon.com or visit http://www.renaissance-saigon.com; specify promotional code SUM.

BLOCKBUSTER VACATION PACKAGE IN KAUA'I: The Hollywood Meets Kauai Movie Package for two at the Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club starts from $339 and includes daily breakfast, Coastal Hawaii Movie Tour with lunch on the beach location of South Pacific and Honeymoon In Vegas, and a 50th Anniversary Edition of South Pacific. Rate is per room, per night, based on availability, with three-night minimum stay. To book, call toll free (800) 220-2925 or (808) 245-5050 and ask for promotional code ARN.

BIG VALUE, BIG ISLAND ADVENTURE: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers the "Celebration of the Land" hotel package starting at $199 per room per night. The room rate of $199 valid from April 15 to December 24, 2009, including garden view room. In addition, guests staying five consecutive nights from April 15 to August 15, 2009 receive the following per room as part of Celebration of the Land: One complimentary Kohala Wai PinzTrek land adventure aboard an off-road six wheel drive vehicle, and vehicle admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For information or reservations, visit http://www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll-free at 800-922-5533; specify promotion code ADV.

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