As the take-off delay on a September 2 KLM flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam grew to an hour, members of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta string orchestra traveling on the Boeing 747-400 decided they could do something to make the time pass more quickly for everyone on board.

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A 19-day event, ArtPrize will take over the city from September 22 through October 10 and will allow the public to decide the top 10 winners of $449,000 in prizes, including the top prize of $250,000. According to ArtPrize, this is the world’s largest prize for art.

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York has begun a ‘Fall into Wine Country’ promotion which offers accommodation packages and a special passport for fall-season deals and experiences to travelers visiting the area in the autumn harvest season of 2010.

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Many of the hotels among the 19 eclectic properties in the Historic Hotels of the Rockies collection are hosting themed events this fall and at Halloween to celebrate their reputations as the haunts of ghosts.

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Every festive-holiday season, the five boroughs of New York City offer an astonishing variety of performances, shopping, dining, museum exhibitions, cultural tours and other activities.

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Once every 50 years or more, life in the normally deserted Lake Eyre Basin, the lowest point on the Australian continental landmass at about 50 feet below sea level, awakens as the lake – roughly twice the size of Texas – fills with water.

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The Third Annual Harvest on the Harbor, Maine’s top food and wine festival, will be held from October 21 through October 23 at Ocean Gateway on Portland’s picturesque waterfront.

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Northwest Florida beach resort Panama City Beach says it is not letting the potential impact from the Gulf Coast off-shore oil spill deter its plans to provide visitors with plenty of summer-vacation activities and experiences.

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Emirates Airline has agreed a sponsorship deal with USA Rugby, which will include Emirates flying the Eagles squad to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the Dubai-based airline’s branding appearing on the shirts of both the national men’s and women’s rugby teams for the next six years.

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The largest light-and-music festival in the Southern Hemisphere has begun and is featuring new events and large-scale urban lighting never before seen in Sydney.

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The city of Baltimore, Maryland has launched the www.BmoreHappy.com microsite to direct visitors to its special-offer Happy Stays hotel packages, giving visitors the ability to build customized itineraries based on their interests and providing information on activities and sites throughout the city.

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A new museum dedicated to the medieval history of the Italian city of San Gimignano, in the heart of the Chianti wine-producing region of Tuscany, has opened in the famous old city.

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The tourism authority for the Alleghenies region of south-central Pennsylvania has produced a top 10 list of outdoor-recreation activities in the region this summer. From on- and off- road cycling to fishing and boating to kayaking and canoeing to birding and nature watching, The Alleghenies boasts that it offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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We’ve come across a series of guides to driving tours of Washington State that are among the most unusual and interesting guides we’ve seen – and listened to.

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From June 1 to June 6, the design- and sustainability-promoting organization Modern Atlanta is presenting MA10, a week-long program of events throughout Atlanta to celebrate design excellence in areas such as architecture, communication art, fashion, interior design, visual arts, and social responsibility.

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The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, the Gathering of Nations, takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico from April 22 to April 24.

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‘Traveling Savannah: A Girl’s Guide’, a handily pocket-sized new travel guide to Savannah, Georgia by lawyer and Savannah native Meredith Leigh Gaunce, offers an enticing blend of local insight and unique charm. For women, the tips and laughs it provides would make it a terrific book to put into their purses when on their way to Savannah.

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From May 14 until May 30, 2010, Prague will host the largest annual beer festival in the Czech Republic. Some 70 different Czech beers will be featured at the Czech Beer Festival Prague on Mondays through Fridays between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m. and from 12 noon to midnight on weekends.

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Thousands of tulips will welcome springtime during Biltmore’s 25th annual Festival of Flowers, from April 3 to May 16. For the first time, a cellphone audio tour of the gardens offering historical facts as well as more detailed information about plant varieties will be available.

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