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China

Show to be built around Terra Cotta Warriors

The Nederlander Organization has agreed to manage and produce a live show in central China that will celebrate the world-famous Terra Cotta Warriors, a high-profile step for the live theater giant into the world’s most promising consumer market.

The show is expected to begin performances next spring in a specially built $65 million theater.

Called The Legend of Emperor Qin, the show will feature music and dance in a high-tech 2,000-seat theater. The 70-minute show will play daily in the Xian complex that has grown around the ongoing excavation of the warriors.

Airlines

New service

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle says it will begin flying from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen to Fort Lauderdale in November. The airline also said it plans new routes from Scandinavian countries to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando in the spring.

The fast-growing airline mainly flies within Europe but in recent months has launched long-distance flights to New York and Southeast Asia.

Lodging

Work begins on Bahamas boutique

Ground has been broken for the construction of the $30 million, upscale boutique property called Mahogany Hill on New Providence island several miles outside Nassau, according to the Nassau Guardian.

The 33-room property will include a spa, pool and a restaurant.

Amusement parks

Shuttered ride moving to Missouri

A ride that stranded people 300 feet high twice last year will be moving from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., to a sister amusement park in Missouri next year.

The Windseeker will be relocated to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City in January, according to the Orange County Register. The two parks are owned by the same company.

Leidy Arevalo, a spokeswoman for Knott’s Berry Farm, says it’s not uncommon for parks to share rides.

The Windseeker malfunctioned twice last year, most dramatically in September when a frozen brake left 20 riders stranded for several hours until they could be safely brought down. No one was injured.

Arevalo wouldn’t confirm any claims that the ride is being relocated because of the prior troubles.

The new name for the Windseeker at its new home will be the Steelhawk.

Travel planning

Booking sites predict rates

Travel booking sites have become so sophisticated that some say they can save you money by predicting future prices. Bing.com and Kayak.com, for example, offer features that forecast the fares of airline tickets in the near future.

The latest travel site to offer soothsaying powers is TheSuitest.com, a hotel booking site that includes “The Hotel Time Machine.” Once you pick a room, the feature tells you the chances that the rates will rise or fall within the next 30 days and the likelihood that the hotel will sell out.

The website’s predictions are not a guarantee and it won’t refund your money if you pay too much based on a faulty prediction.

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