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A Russian tour operator will take clients to watch the launch of the Soyuz rocket on its September mission to take crew to the International Space Station

Singapore Almost four decades after taking delivery of its first Boeing 747, Singapore Airlines will use the aircraft for the final time on a passenger flight on April 6. At one point, the airline had 51 747s in its combined passenger and freight fleet but has gradually phased them out. A commemorative flight from Singapore to Hong Kong will mark the occasion.

India A small Rajasthani hotel is preparing for its moment of fame. Until now, the 10-room Ravla Khempur was best known for its stable of horses, but is now gaining attention as the setting for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a film starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, which was released on Friday. Double rooms at the hotel cost from Rs3,500 (£45); or Wild Frontiers can tailor-make an itinerary, including two nights at the hotel from £1,995.;

Astronauts in Kazakhstan

Russia For those who can’t afford the $25m bill for a leisure visit to the International Space Station, tour operator MIR Corp has the next best thing. For $14,000 it will take clients to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch the take-off of the Soyuz rocket on its September mission to take crew to the ISS. Tourists will attend the pre-departure press conference and be flown to mission control in Moscow to watch the rocket dock with the ISS. Optional extras with training as a cosmonaut, including sessions to test G-force tolerance in the world’s largest centrifuge.

Saudi Arabia Hyatt, the Chicago-based hotel corporation, has plans to expand rapidly in Saudi Arabia. There is currently one Hyatt in the country, but a further six are under development.

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