The 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, given the name “Mass Happiness”, is being held from October 3 to October 11 and is bringing thousands of hot air balloonists and tourists from around the globe to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The four-star Palais Stephanie hotel in the Provençal city of Cannes has officially re-opened following a 38-million-euro renovation, which the hotel says is the most extensive renovation of any hotel in Cannes in decades.

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The Chateau de Versailles is paying homage to its famous builder, Louis XIV, with the exhibition “Louis XIV, the Man and the King”, from October 20 to February 7, 2010.

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National authorities in Mexico say the country’s national beach restoration program will begin on October 15.

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Orascom Development Holding AG has held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort, which Orascom says will be the first integrated holiday resort in the Alps.

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The gourmet-centric town of Yountville in California’s famous Napa Valley is launching a town-wide “Moveable Feast” program of hotel packages and restaurant deals from December 1 to February, 28, 2010.

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The state of Colorado is promoting a range of select spa, hot spring and wellness packages that allow visitors to steam, soak, scrub and soothe their senses in some of the state’s many spas, wellness sanctuaries and hot springs.

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Safari travel specialist Africa Adventure Consultants says it has taken advantage of low airfares and favorable exchange rates to create value pricing on South Africa Safari Specials.

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Hundreds of islanders will participate in the the Micronesian island of Kosrae’s second island-wide Outrigger Canoe Competition on October 24, one of the largest events of its kind in Micronesia.

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Choice Hotels International, Inc. has added its 6,000th franchised property to its online global distribution and reservations system, with the opening of the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, an Ascend Collection hotel.

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Hotel Properties Limited has opened the Hard Rock Hotel Penang and Hard Rock Cafe Penang, located in the Asian island destination of Penang, Malaysia.

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The first Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur will open in October. The 115-room Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square, is also JHM Interstate Hotels India’s first managed hotel in India.

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The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show takes place on October 3 and October 4, with many military and civilian acts performing over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Casa Ceibo, a luxury, boutique hotel in the historic Ecuadorian bay city of Bahia de Caraquez, is holding its grand opening on October 24.

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Las Vegas’ new CityCenter urban resort development has announced its opening schedule, with most of the vast new downtown resort area opening this December.

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McCurtain County, Oklahoma is marketing its Beavers Bend State Park area as the ideal place for men to reconnect with their buddies in outdoor-oriented “Guys’ Getaways”.

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Austrian Airlines and Austrian Airlines Vacation Center have created a 10-day, nine-night vacation package that showcases the scenic and cultural highlights in Austria’s three most famous cities.

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The Grand Cayman community of Camana Bay is hosting Grand Cayman’s second annual Children’s Book Festival on the weekend of November 28 and November 29.

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The Vermont Department of Tourism is predicting its upcoming fall foliage season could be the best in recent years after a cool, rainy summer.

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