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Travel agenda

From marathon camps in Morocco and Vienna Art Week to visas and personal shoppers

1. Walk the line

The Line Hotel opens in a mid-century building in LA's Koreatown enclave on 12 December. It's the latest from The Sydell Group, of Ace hotels fame, with an all-star line-up that includes Korean-American chef Roy Choi for the Pot restaurant, nightlife maestros The Houston Brothers for the Speek bar and designer Sean Knibb for the interiors.


2. Rooms for rent

Oliver's Travels is a new website that offers luxury holiday rentals in France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland, with special offers for Christmas and New Year bookings and tips on how to get the most out of your chosen area. The properties on offer span chic châteaux in the Loire Valley to ivy-draped villas deep in the Tuscan countryside.


3. Retail therapy

Crème de la Crème bespoke personal shopping services whisks travellers around the best vintage boutiques, antiques shops, flea markets, mini malls and concept stores in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with chauffeur-driven shopping and art tours. Tailormade tours start at US$75/£50 per hour, with a driver and guide.


4. Jog on

A new range of marathon training camps is due to launch in Morocco from 11 January. Led by experienced coaches and nutritionists, they will be based at a rustic estate in the Atlas mountains just outside Marrakech,and will cost from £1,495pp for a week's stay, with transfers, training and full board, but not flights.


5. Alpine app

The new "Alps Ski Resort and Rail Map" app can be downloaded and used offline to navigate 440 ski resorts across Europe's largest mountain range. Designed by Roger Lascelles Maps, it also shows the closest airports and rail stations to your preferred resort, with journey times and information on how to reach them; 69p itunes.apple.com

6. Tangled tape

Indian tourism officials have said there is no possibility that the new £92 visa fee will be reduced. In place of the much-trailed "visa on arrival", a curious "collective permit" for a group of at least four people, assembled by a registered Indian travel agency, is being introduced – allowing tourists to travel to the country without a visa in advance. Incredibleindia.org

7. Dream on

The Thomson Dream will move to a new home in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the 2014/15 season, with five new Caribbean and Latin American itineraries going on sale from Thursday. Trips include the week-long "Pride of Panama" cruise, which stops in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, costing £1,149pp with flights from the UK. thomson.co.uk/cruise

8. Viennese whirl

Ninety events are due to take place during Vienna Art Week. Head to the Austrian capital between 18-24 November to take part in exhibition openings, artist talks, performances and lectures. The city is also currently hosting a major retrospective on Lucien Freud at the Kunsthistorisches Museum until 6 January

viennaartweek.at; khm.at