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NY’s Plaza Hotel reopens after facelift

Two years after shutting its gilded doors for a $US400 million renovation, Manhattan's famed Plaza Hotel began welcoming back guests on Friday. "The Plaza is back," Shane Krige, the hotel's general manager, said as he cut a giant red ribbon that spanned the entrance near the southeast corner of Central Park. "The legend is definitely going to continue."

Burma lures tourists with reopening of ancient palace

In an attempt to entice tourists to the military-ruled country, Burma's Ministry of Culture has reopened the Thiri Zeya Bumi Bagan Golden Palace. The palace—whose reconstruction began several years ago—is one of the most impressive remnants of the ancient city of Bagan, which flourished as a Buddhist center from the 11th to the 13th centuries.