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It's not every day the world gets a new country. But 2011 will mark Curacao’s first full year as an autonomous nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, adding a new chapter to the island’s rich history. Among its first orders of business is making itself more accessible to Americans and Canadians. So be on the lookout for more flights and hotel rooms that will put the island's warm waters and colorful architecture a little closer to visitors in need of a dose of upscale Caribbean relaxation. New offerings include newly launched Continental service from Newark, and a new Hyatt Regency.