Travel agenda: Paris Air Show puts on flying demonstrations for the public
Friday 24 June 2011
The Paris Air Show is open to the public through the weekend for some stunning flying shows after a three-day industry preview. On June 30, China's latest new high-speed rail track is opened, and the Costa Favolosa is named in Italy a couple of days later.
49th Paris Air Show
June 20-26 (public days 24-26)
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).
Mandarin Oriental Paris opens
Mandarin Oriental's latest luxury outpost will open its doors on the rue Saint-Honoré June 28, with 138 large rooms, two restaurants and an indoor garden, despite being just steps from the Louvre and the Tuileries. It is the latest foriegn-owned luxury hotel to open in the city, following the launch of the Shangri-La Paris in December 2010.
Beijing-Shanghai Rail Link opens
It's been a long wait for one of the most eagerly anticipated rail links in China, but it looks like trains will finally start running on the $33bn link, which will be officially opened June 30. The journey between two of Asia's fastest-growing cities will take just four hours and 45 minutes.
Costa Favolosa naming ceremony
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
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.
40th Royal International Air Tattoo
RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK
The Royal International Air Tattoo welcomes daredevil flyers from all over the world to the English countryside for a weekend of airborne thrills. The show sees aircraft from the British and American armed forces joined by teams from all over the world, along with a concert and "Motormania" auto show.
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