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Franz Höckner, Bar Manager at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, discloses his secrets about Michael Jackson’s famous baby dangling stay. You’d never guess that there were 150 moonwalking doubles in the hotel with him! Franz is also a magician, and tells Peter how to win the famous nutshell game on the streets of Berlin.
This week's Travel Today with Peter Greenberg comes from the Adlon Kempinski Hotel in Berlin. Most people know of the hotel for Michael Jackson’s famous baby-dangling incident, but there is so much more incredible history about the hotel sitting just outside the Brandenburg Gate. The original hotel Adlon opened in 1907, but was mostly destroyed near the end of World War II. The hotel as it stands today opened in 1997, but is modeled after the original design.
Our broadcast found its way to the Adlon for this year’s annual Virtuoso Symposium. Virtuoso is one of the travel industry’s leading networks. This organization includes more than 330 agencies with 7,200 advisors in 20 countries throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. Every year, Virtuoso holds its Symposiums in a carefully chosen destination that is relevant to today’s travel and tourism. It’s no surprise that Berlin was selected for 2014, placing in the top three European destinations for tourists last year.
This week’s guest list is quite a treat, and include the Adlon's bar manger, who has many stories to tell, and the CEO of Virtuoso, Matthew Upchurch just to name a few. All that and more on this episode of Travel Today.
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