Weekly transport and tourism agenda: Singapore's first 'Integrated Resort' opens

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Singapore's first casino resort opens January 20, promising new heights of color and entertainment as the country tries to regain tourism ground lost to its Asian neighbors. The inaugural Bahrain airshow in association with Farnborough takes off on January 21 and ASEAN countries meet in Brunei to discuss the future of tourism in the region.

Resorts World Sentosa Opens
January 20
Singapore
The Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael will open their doors, offering 1,350 rooms and 10 restaurants. The resort is Singapore's first "integrated resort" - a controversial new effort to increase the country's tourism appeal using casinos.

Inaugural Bahrain Air Show
January 21-23
Sakhir, Bahrain
Devised as a sister event to the influential Farnborough Air Show, the Kingdom
of Bahrain and Farnborough International Ltd have constructed a purpose-built site for this Middle Eastern event. Uniquely, the show has a restricted number of tickets and no exhibition halls - attendees visit luxury "chalets" owned by exhibitors to see products and demonstrations.
www.bahraininternationalairshow.com

ASEAN Tourism Forum
January 21-28
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
ASEAN's ten members are hoping to showcase the best of Asia at this year's annual expo held in Brunei. Delegates from around the world are expected to attend the event, which this year is themed "The Heart of Green."
http://www.atfbrunei.com

Boot Düsseldorf
January 23- 31
Düsseldorf, Germany
Boot Dusseldorf is renowed for being the world's largest and most important boating show. Over 1,550 exhibitors will attend to display some 1,700 boats and yachts. Features include a dedicated hall for diving fans and an exhibit showcasing "trendy sports" such as stand-up paddling, winch waking, skimboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and water-skiing.
www.boot.de/

European Yacht of the Year Award
Expected January at Boot Düsseldorf (TBC)
Düsseldorf, Germany
The European Yacht of the year is decided by journalists from 11 yachting magazines across Europe and includes nominees in five categories - Performance, Family, Luxury, Multihull and Special yachts.
http://www.yachtoftheyear.org/

HOScar Awards
January 25
Dublin, Ireland
The eighth annual Hostel Awards, from Dublin, Ireland, honor budget travel locations from around the world. Over 20,000 hostels are eligible and 800,000 votes counted - can Lisbon keep its spot from last year as top hostel city?
http://www.hostelconference.com/

Singapore Airshow
February 2-7
Singapore
The Singapore Airshow welcomed 130,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors in 2008. Primarily a business-to-business event (only the final two days are open to the public), Singapore 2010 will feature a "Green Pavilion," showcasing the industry's efforts at clean aviation technology. The event is an aviation networking hub for Asia, with several airlines in the region placing orders in the range of billions of dollars.
http://www.singaporeairshow.com.sg

AIDAblu Maiden Voyage
February 9
Hamburg, Germany
The sixth ship in the German cruise line's fleet takes to the seas on its inaugural voyage to Majorca, Spain. The 2,050 passenger ship contains six restaurants and ten bars.

International Tourism and Caravaning Exhibition
February 10-14
Hamburg, Germany
More than 900 exhibitors descend on Hamburg for this annual exhibition, dedicated to the world of active holidaying. Specialist tour operators will be on display next to big-name global brands for trade professionals and public visitors alike.

Duty Free Show of the Americas
February 21-24
Orlando, USA
As the global travel industry reels from new regulations, the first trade show since the attempted Detroit bombing will see the world's duty-free brands coming together to discuss, lobby and network.
http://www.iaadfs.org

New York Times Travel Show
February 26-28
New York, USA
Last year 500 exhibitors from 150 countries attended the show, which opens to the public on its second day. Highlights of the event, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, include exclusive discounts for attendees and entertainment from around the world.
http://www.nyttravelshow.com/

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