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The Pop Up Wedding Chapel at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. (Denise Truscello/Denise Truscello)
The Pop Up Wedding Chapel at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. (Denise Truscello/Denise Truscello)

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Low-cost, spur-of-the-moment weddings are the specialty at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel’s new Pop-up Wedding Chapel. Packages, priced from $80 to $195 (U.S), include a 20-minute ceremony, canned champagne, “eraser rings” from a gumball machine, a silk-flower bouquet and a souvenir picture from a photo booth. Also on offer are vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, pet weddings and “faux” weddings, which expire after 24 hours. A glass wall provides a view of the Las Vegas Strip, while allowing outside pedestrians to watch.


Be afraid, be very afraid: Carnival Cruises is promoting a horror cruise. The Tides of Torture sailing will depart from Tampa on April 12 aboard the Carnival Paradise. On board Dark Star Fantasy Cruises, will be actors from such slasher series as Hatchet, Halloween, Hellraiser and Friday the 13th. There will also be a horror film festival, a scream queen contest and a Dance of the Dead. The four-day cruise, which stops at Cozumel, is priced from $599 (U.S.). Details at tidesoftorture.com.


While purists worry that mass tourism will swamp Tibet’s cultural heritage, China continues to improve the region’s road, rail and air infrastructure. Work will start soon on the world’s highest airport in remote Nagqu county. With an altitude of 4,436 metres, it will be 100 metres higher than Tibet’s Qamdo, the current record holder. Construction is expected to take three years. Two of Tibet’s existing five airports are open only a few months each year because of extreme weather conditions.

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