Travel agenda: Chinese tourism showcased at BITE

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The 8th Beijing International Tourism Exhibition gets underway June 17, with all eyes on the huge outbound potential offered by the world's most populous nation. On June 20, Hollywood icon Blythe Danner will name the Seabourn Quest, a new luxury liner from the Yachts of Seabourn, in Barcelona.

8th BITE 2011
June 17-19
Beijing, China

China's answer to other major events such as the New York Times Travel Show, the Beijing International Tourism Expo can't be ignored, if only because of its sheer size: 130,000 visitors attended last year to see the latest places and products from the Chinese and international markets. As China's travelers grow ever more worldly, this is a show which can only get bigger.

Seabourn Quest naming ceremony
June 20
Barcelona, Spain

Blythe Danner will name Seabourn's newest 450-guest ship in a glittering ceremony June 20, after which she  departs on a 14-day Maiden Voyage to Athens, stopping at seaside towns in France, Italy, Greece and Turkey.

49th Paris Air Show

June 20-26
Paris, France

The Le Bourget Air Show is one of the world's largest, the scene of a host of announcements from major aviation names, and a great day out for aircraft enthusiasts. Some 2,000 exhibitors are expected to be present at the show, and there will be spectacular flying displays on the public days (June 24-26).

Costa Favolosa naming ceremony
July 2
Trieste, Italy

The 15th ship in Costa's fleet offers space for 3,800 guests and new features such as the on-board water park, new jacuzzi rooms and a club area for teenagers. The ship will be named ahead of a three-day vernissage cruise departing from Venice on July 4, calling at Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Koper (Slovenia).

Trump Panama Opens
July 6
Panama City, Panama

The Donald's back, this time in the red-hot Panama hotel business. The new Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama soars into the sky by the waterfront of the Punta Pacifica and is the largest hotel in Latin America. Opening rates start at an impressive $279 a night.

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