Weekly travel agenda: Canada's airshow celebrates its centenary

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The Twilight Convention at sea begins this weekend, with hundreds of fans departing on a four-day trip with the stars of the movie. Next week, Canada's largest air show celebrates its centenary celebrations with a flypast from a Lancaster Bomber, a rare example of one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War.

Alaska Twilight Cruise and Convention
August 8 - 15
Seattle, WA, USA

The Alaska Twilight Cruise and Convention will take hundreds of Twilight fans on the "ultimate celebration of the Twilight saga" on the high seas. Passengers will join stars of the films Jodelle Ferland, Alex Merez and Michael Welch on a four-day cruise to Alaska, complete with movie viewings, interviews with the stars, costume balls and competitions.

Abbotsford International Airshow
August 13 - 15
Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Canada's National Airshow is expected to attract over 125,000 people over its three-day run, for a dazzling display of aviation both in the sky and on the ground. This year will see a special performance to mark the 100th anniversay of the Canadian Navy.

W New York Downtown Opens
August 16
New York, US

The first luxury hotel and residential tower to be built in Lower Manhattan, the 57-storey W New York Downtown is also the first new project not part of the WTC complex to begin construction since 9/11.

Tankosh 2010
August 27 - 29
Tannheim, Germany

Tankosh, as the name suggests, is the European incarnation of the Oshkosh aviation festival, and over 1,000 aircraft are expected to fly in if the weather is good. The festival offers everything for aviation enthusiasts, including vintage airplanes, sports planes, fireworks and a lively social scene.

Aloft Brussels Opens
September 1
Brussels, Belgium

Starwood's chic Aloft chain makes its first entry to Europe on September 1 with the opening of the Aloft Brussels. It's the first of an expansion drive that will see a further hotel in London by 2012 - the Brussels Aloft will feature 147 rooms, with free wifi, a grab-and-go snack bar and the "xyz" bar/club.

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference
September 8 - 10
Portland, Oregon, US

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is the largest such gathering in North America and one of the best places to observe the latest trends coming out of the green tourism industry. Representatives from both small hotels to international chains will be in attendance to discuss everything from green buildings to ethical food. There is also a public exhibition on September 9.

PSP Southampton International Boat Show
September 10 - 19
Southampton, UK

Over 121,000 visitors came to PSP Southampton last year, making it the largest outdoor event of its kind in the UK. Although the show is a precursor to the winter London International Boat Show, Southampton focuses strongly on "lifestyle" boating for the general public, with 1000 boats on show and models available for sale from £389 (€467).

Grand Pavois de la Rochelle
September 15 - 20
La Rochelle, France

Like PSP Southampton, Grand Pavois is an another in-water fair and the precursor to the Nautic Paris indoor show in December. Over 700 boats are displayed from 870 exhibitors, as well as a themed "Guest of Honor" exhibit, this year showcasing Tahiti, which will be displaying the best of its culture.

World Routes Forum
September 19 - 21
Vancouver, Canada

This industry event sees the world's airlines and airports come together to network and decide where they (and we) will be flying to in the future. It's the culmination of several smaller regional forums and is attended by airline representatives from all over the world.