The coast of the Wadden Sea stretches out for more than 310 miles from Blåvands Huk in Jutland to Den Helder in the Netherlands. The German and Dutch parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009.

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The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has marked its opening by being awarded the title of the world’s tallest hotel from the Guinness Book of World Records. Reaching 1,164 feet in height, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is 85.3 feet shorter than New York City’s Empire State Building.

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Ensconced in a modern building nestled next to the remains of a 14th century home, and located 1 minute by foot from the Polish seaport’s picturesque and thriving Long Market, the Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk brings smoothly multilingual, professional service to the city center.

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American Airlines is launching weekly service to the Caribbean island of Martinique on April 6. The new flights, which represent the first non-stop air service between Martinique and the U.S. mainland since 2008, will operate on Saturdays.

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Following a re-brand and an extensive upgrade, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania officially opened on December 3. The lodge is the first Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts property in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Hawaiian Airlines is planning to launch non-stop service between Taiwan’s capital Taipei and Honolulu in July 2013. Taipei will be the ninth new gateway that Hawaiian has introduced since November 2010.

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California and Nevada residents will be able to travel express to and from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, Las Vegas, Sparks/Reno, Sacramento and San Jose from $1.

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Operated by Boeing 737-400 equipment, Xtra Airways’ flight program to Mazatlán will offer nine weekly round-trips of 150-passenger capacity (for a total of 1,350 seats per week in each direction) from Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland.

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Installed in an eight-year-old contemporary building in the heart of Berlin’s classically styled Mitte district, the Radisson Blu sits on the River Spree, just across the water from the domed stateliness of Berlin Cathedral and just steps away from Unter den Linden, the central city’s famous boulevard.

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Lynden Pindling International Airport, the airport serving Nassau and the islands of New Providence and Paradise Island, opened its new International Arrivals Terminal on October 16. The new terminal represents the second stage of a planned three-stage, $409 million redevelopment.

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This is a fact-packed, beautifully illustrated and profusely photographed, history-based guide of 254 pages that provides a fresh and intriguing look at New York City and the surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, the Delaware River and Delaware.

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The Bahía de Banderas, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, shelters numerous diverse ecosystems, including tropical lagoons, rainforests, mangroves, pristine beaches, the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls and mountains.

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I spent a night in the Lenkerhof alpine resort in late January 2012, when the local countryside was covered in several feet of snow. Rarely have I eaten so well and enjoyed so much the ambience of a hotel and its surroundings.

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These days, the landmark Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland, Oregon boasts a stylish contemporary hotel on its upper levels: The Nines (as in dressed to the nines), a three-year-old, four-star property that is part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury Collection stable.

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American Airlines is launching weekly non-stop service between Miami International Airport and Juan Manuel Gálvez Roatán International Airport on the Caribbean island of Roátan off the coast of Honduras, beginning November 17.

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Airport hotels aren’t usually known either for their service quality or their overall appeal, and I have stayed in some fairly miserable examples. But the Hilton Helsinki Airport, at which I have stayed on several occasions, seems to me to have got it almost completely right.

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Despite a long-lasting national heat wave, weather experts predict that well-nourished trees resulting from beneficial wet-weather patterns may position Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be among the best destinations from which to view the 2012 fall foliage.

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Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway and its high-altitude terminus station, Jungfraujoch, celebrated their 100th birthday on August 1. To celebrate the centenary, 48 flares were lit on the north walls of the Eiger and the Mönch showing the route of the historic railway through the two mountains.

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The new non-stop flights will depart from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (officially called Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport) to Montevideo in Uruguay, Asunción in Paraguay, and Santa Cruz de La Sierra in Bolivia.

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