Weekly travel agenda: flagship New York hotel opens

InterContinental will open its long-awaited New York flagship on July 12, right in the middle of New York's bustling downtown. The glass-encased guest rooms at the InterContinental Times Square will offer views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River or Broadway district.

InterContinental Times Square Opens
July 12
New York City, USA

The new flagship of the luxury InterContinental range will now officially open July 12, rising 34 storeys above the city. Facilities include the Ça Va restaurant by celebrity Chef Todd English, 607 guestrooms and a 371-square meter "Gotham Ballroom."

Royal International Air Tattoo
July 17-18
RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world's largest military air show and is held in Gloucestershire in the UK. Over 170,000 visitors are expected to attend to see displays from over 300 military aircraft from armed forces around the world.

Farnborough International Air Show
July 19-25
Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, United Kingdom

The Farnborough Air Show is a biennial exhibition of all things aviation, where major deals are often announced by the industry. For members of the public, the exhibition is also set to include some spectacular air shows on July 24-25.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 26 - August 1
Oshkosh, WI, USA

The AirVenture Oshkosh is America's largest air enthusiast event. Attendance is estimated at over 700,000, with 10,000 - 15,000 aircraft on display for keen enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. This makes the control tower the busiest in the world during the event - controllers are drafted in from across the US to safely marshall some 8,000 landings.

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.

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 story W New York Downtown is also the first new project not part of the WTC complex to begin construction since 9/11. The 57 story tower will offer a mix of hotel and residential rooms.