A roundup of travel news from around the globe.
On the ground
If people knew Bentonville at all, it was as the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Now the small Arkansas city could become a pilgrimage site for lovers of American art. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened last week, will display treasures amassed by Alice Walton, an heir to the Wal-Mart fortune and, according to Forbes magazine, the 10th wealthiest American. Many works will be on public display for the first time, since Ms. Walton bought mainly from private collectors.
In the air
United Continental is going wireless in a big way. Starting in mid-2012, it will add Wi-Fi connections to 300 United and Continental Airlines planes, allowing passengers to go online with laptops and wireless devices. It will use satellite-based Ku-band technology, which works on international flights, something not available from other North American carriers. Plans call for the entire fleet to be Wi-Fi-ready by 2015. Air Canada offers Wi-Fi for a fee on some flights linking Toronto and Montreal with Los Angeles.
In Sin City
Live shows, not casinos, are the biggest draw for Las Vegas-bound Canadians. Eighty per cent of those questioned in an Expedia.ca survey said they would want to see a live performance in the city compared with 72 per cent who want to hit a casino. Canadians also see Sin City as a romantic destination. Some 55 per cent of respondents would prefer to make the trip with their spouse or significant other. Only 20 per cent would choose to go with a friend.
Sources: United Continental, Associated Press, Expedia.
Special to The Globe and Mail