Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has been named the American Cultural Capital for 2010 by the organization American Capital of Culture.

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Adventure travel company Dolomite Mountains is offering travelers of all climbing ability-levels — even complete beginners — the experience of climbing high Italian mountains using different Via Ferratas.

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After Canada’s national-parks administration initially rejected a request to hold a major international triathlon in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a revised application to host the Subaru International Triathlon event in the famous National Park has won approval.

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In a must-see event for railway buffs and enthusiasts of the histories of royal families, the Dutch Railway Museum is hosting a major international exhibition in 2010 on royal trains. The exhibition is to be called ‘Royal Class, regal journeys’.

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One of Italy’s smallest regions, the quiet rural backwater of Molise says it is beginning to lure refugees from the high-pressure lifestyles of the industrialized cities of northern Europe.

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Hard Rock International has opened the 360-room Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, which is part of Resorts World Sentosa ― a brand-new, US$4.4 billion resort destination on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

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Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is to add seven new hotels for an additional 1,080 rooms worldwide during the first six months of 2010.

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Not yet 30 years old, Levi in Finnish Lapland has grown from one hotel in 1981 to a full-scale winter resort boasting 23,000 hotel and chalet beds and featuring as an established stop on the International Ski Federation’s Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit.

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Brussels Airlines expects to expand its already-extensive services to Africa, a move which would bring additional connecting possibilities for Star Alliance passengers at its growing hub at Brussels Airport.

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Libya tour operator and travel adventure specialist Libya Expeditions has added two Libya desert adventure tours to its holiday package line-up for spring and fall 2010 ― the 12-day “Libya Desert Explorer ― Ubari Lakes” tour and the 14-day Sahara adventure, “Libya Odyssey ― Into the Desert”.

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The Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is adding what it says will be the world’s highest “Skyjump” as its next thrill ride, which is planned to open in April.

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Finnish Lapland, which is 20 per cent larger in area than Belgium and the Netherlands combined but has only about two-thirds of one per cent of their total population, is the European Union’s largest wilderness. In this largely roadless region, Lapland’s six airports form a vital link to the rest of Finland and the world beyond.

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Boasting attractions that range from the official post office of Santa Claus to hundreds of miles of snowmobile tracks, from saunas that end with a nerve-jangling dip in ice pools to being made an honorary reindeer by a Sami shaman, and from competition-standard ski slopes to rides in dogsleds and reindeer sleighs, Finnish Lapland is truly a winter wonderland.

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Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort off the coast of Antigua has reopened following a $28 million, resort-wide transformation.

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Hard Rock International and Palace Resorts are teaming to bring the world’s first five-star, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, by re-branding Palace Resorts’ Moon Palace Resort.

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‘A Cowboy’s Dream’ in Alamo, Nevada, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this month, is positioned as a secluded, upscale bed and breakfast for individual travelers and couples and as a corporate-retreat destination.

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Shared-ride airport transportation service SuperShuttle has launched its first international service, in Paris, France.

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Relais & Châteaux has accepted 31 new members for 2010, bringing the total membership in the high-quality-travel marketing association to 475 members in 57 countries.

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Tight holiday budgets are leading British skiers to shun traditional favourites in the Alps for lower-cost ski resorts in Central and Eastern Europe this winter, according to travel-search site Skyscanner.

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