Friday, 6 April 2007

Fancy a Fabulous Welsh Summer Holiday in Washington, D.C.?

The North American Festival of Wales is the largest gathering of the Welsh, descendants and friends in North America. Prepare yourself for 4 full days of enjoyment and camaraderie with old and new friends, celebrating the life, heritage and culture of Wales in Washington DC, one of North America’s top tourism and vacation destinations.

North American Festival of Wales 2007

featuring the 76th Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu 30 August - 2 September, 2007 Washington, D. C. Sponsored by the

Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association

Stay at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria for only $102 (£51) per night!!! Special events for the whole family -- singles, honeymooners, second honeymooners, retirees, children's events, special tours, golfing, swimming and museums available every day! All just a quick trip to the Smithsonian, National Art Museum, and much more!

This family event will be located in the West End of Historic Alexandria, The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel offers modern elegance and attentive service focused on the conference attendee. The hotel is within sight of the nation's Capitol and just ten minutes from the central business district of Washington, DC and its historic monuments, museums and exciting attractions. Hotel guests enjoy the benefit of also being close to Historic Old Town Alexandria with its quaint waterfront galleries, award winning restaurants and eclectic shops.

The hotel offers a daily complimentary shuttle connecting guests to all that the area has to offer directly or via access to the easy and safe metrorail system. Shuttles include stops to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon City Fashion Centre withaccess to Metro and Old Town Alexandria, The hotel is also located on the Grayline Tour Company’s courtesy pick up schedule, which operates a variety of different tours embarking from Union Station.

There is truly something for everyone. Whether it’s a dinner cruise down the Potomac to historic Mount Vernon Plantation, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a tour though the recently opened National Portrait Gallery, or a 5-star dining experience in Georgetown, The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center is the ideal way to enjoy both the 2007 festival and the breathtaking sights of our nation’s capital.

The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center's unique lakeside setting, adjacent to the 43-acre Winkler Botanical Preserve, provides a tranquil oasis for travelers to Washington D.C. The preserve and the hotel’s lake campus provide a lovely place for strolling, relaxing on rustic benches, and enjoying the plants, ponds, and wildlife.The hotel received a $10.5 million dollar renovation in 2006 and features many upgraded Hilton amenities. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and sunlit meeting rooms.

In addition to the hotel restaurant, light “cash and carry” items for breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase in the hotel lobby. Festival rates of $102 per night plus tax are valid from August 24 to September 5, based on availability. Make reservations by calling 1-800-Hiltons or online at

North American Festival of Wales 2007

Hilton Alexandria --Washington, D.C.

Please use the festival booking code WNGGA or North American Festival of Wales. We encourage you to book early to ensure this special rate.

Some of us are traveling from Cardiff International Airport by Zoom Airlines directly non-stop to Toronto, and then on to Washington, DC by Northwest Air, US Air or American Airlines. So far, Zoom Airlines has the best prices we could find -- For Zoom Airlines, see:


[This event is a fantastic opportunity to brush up on your Welsh language skills, if you are an indomitable and ever optimistic Welsh Learner, like myself.]

Hwyl fawr i bawb!

Mark L. Woods
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan,
Treforest, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF37 1DL Wales UK,

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