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A portrait of George Washington, painted by Charles Willson Peale, is on display Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

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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.

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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.



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