Weekly transport and tourism agenda: Machu Picchu and the Trump Soho
Friday 26 March 2010
Macchu Picchu reopens March 29, following the devastating landslides that forced the closure of Peru's most popular tourist site. In New York, the luxurious Trump Soho opens April 9, the long awaited downtown addition to Ivanka Trump's range.
Machu Picchu Reopens
Tourism officials have confirmed that Machu Picchu, the most visited site in South America, will reopen March 29 following the devastating rains that blocked access to the ancient Inca site. Access will initially be restricted (partially by bus) until the full rail link is restored, expected by July at the latest.
Trump SoHo Hotel Opens
New York, USA
The 46-storey luxury Trump SoHo is now confirmed for an April 9 opening. Suites include floor-to-ceiling windows, and the hotel boasts an indoor-outdoor pool area with private cabanas and outdoor deck.
P&O Azura Naming Ceremony
English ballet superstar Darcey Bussell will smash the bottle against P&O Cruises' latest ship, the 115,000 ton Azura. The liner can carry 3,100 passengers and 1226 crew and features ten restaurants and a 750-seat theater.
InterContinental Shanghai Expo Opening
As the only luxury hotel on the Shanghai World Expo site, the InterContinental offers 400 rooms on 28 storeys with stunning views across the World Expo site. There will also be several standalone villas and five restaurants and bars.
Armani Hotel Opening
April 22 (unconfirmed)
Originally intended to open in March, the world's first Armani hotel set in the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, will reportedly open late, on April 22. With rooms and interiors designed by Giorgio Armani, the firm promises that this is the first of a set of global exclusive resorts - a second is due to open in Milan this spring.
Emerging Markets Airports Awards
The inaugural Emerging Markets Airports Awards will honor airport achievements in emerging markets such as the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States. Best airports across all geographies will be recognized, along with the emerging markets' best green airport.
Celebrity Eclipse Maiden Voyage
Featuring a perfectly-manicured "deck lawn" and an onboard Apple computer training center, the latest member of Celebrity Cruises' fleet will begin her season sailing Northern European cruises.
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Seventy million visitors are expected to flock to Shanghai for the World Expo, featuring exhibits from countries around the world. Highlighting the best of participating nations, from transport solutions to sporting excellence, the 200 pavilions have been designed in all manner of shapes and sizes.
King Shaka International Airport Opens
Durban, South Africa
Opening a month in advance of the FIFA World Cup South Africa, which kicks off June 11, Durban's new international airport will dramatically expand transportation capacity in the region. Capable of handling larger planes, including the new A380, the airport is expected to handle 7.5 million passengers per year.
Hamburg Port Birthday Celebrations
May 7- 9
Celebrations to mark the 821st birthday of Hamburg's massive port are set to include a parade of ships and port calls from some of the world's largest cruise liners. Onshore activities for the whole family will also take place over the weekend.
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