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  • Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    No one reacted as the sound of a mighty horn ripped through the air:  not the swimmers, the sunbathers and certainly not the two young boys jumping into the same jacuzzi in which I was trying to relax. Lifting my sunglasses, I realised the blare...

  • TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    The world’s largest tourism and leisure group is going to retire one of Britain’s best-known travel brands to use a single name to promote its holidays. The Thomson name, which dates back to 1965, will be ditched along with First Choice as part of...

  • Nintendo theme parks

    Mario, Donkey Kong and Link from the Zelda universe could all jump off the screen and have their own rides after Nintendo and Universal announced a collaboration. The Japanese video game maker’s popular characters and worlds will inspire future...

  • Lufthansa’s watch app

    Lufthansa travellers can have their boarding card and essential flight information displayed on their wrists through an Apple Watch app. The new dedicated app connects to the conventional Lufthansa app on iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth. Just ...

  • Cruisers take legal action over sickness

    Cruisers take legal action over sickness

    Passengers aboard a cruise liner hit by an illness that forced it to return to port a day early have instructed lawyers seeking compensation. The eight-day voyage by Fred.Olsen’s Balmoral cruise ship to the Norwegian fjords from Southampton,...

  • Blast of the past with 117 vintage inspired chalets

    Blast of the past with 117 vintage inspired chalets

    British holiday company Butlin’s has unveiled old-style chalets but with plenty of mod cons in a £16 million development. Based on the design by company founder Sir Billy Butlin, the 117 lakeside chalets are set in 8.8 acres of landscaped gardens...

  • Double-decker planes fly from Dubai to Perth

    Double-decker planes fly from Dubai to Perth

    Dubai-based airline Emirates has expanded its double-decker luxury A380 aircraft network with a service into Perth, Australia. Perth is the fourth Australian city to welcome a regular Emirates Airbus A380 service. The revolutionary aircraft will...

  • Fit trips are far from fat farms

    Fit trips are far from fat farms

    Today's fit-focused travellers want to pair exercise with escapades and fitness with fun, whether it’s yoga among the sea turtles, bootcamp on the beach or a zumba cruise, industry trends indicate. “Fitness retreat used to mean go away and lose...

  • Aiming for the skies

    Aiming for the skies

    Impromptu tennis courts, surfing pools and unusual food treats can ease travel boredom. Veronica Stivala lists the top 10 airports in which to spend time waiting for a plane. The airport-ranking agency Skytrax listed these 10 airports as the best...

  • ‘Consular safety net is EU solidarity in action’

    ‘Consular safety net is EU solidarity in action’

    European Commission officials Federica Mogherini and Vera Jourová explain how European citizens in trouble outside the union can seek help. Every year, Europeans make 90 million trips outside the EU for business or pleasure. More than 30 million...

  • Not resting on their laurels

    Not resting on their laurels

    I Ramarri – literally the ‘branch holders’ – are a group of men from the town of Troina, in Sicily, that every May walk more than 20 kilometres into the forest, now known as the Parco dei Nebrodi, to reach a forest of laurel with pre-Christian...

  • London’s Star visitor

    London’s Star visitor

    New cruise ship Viking Star sails past the O2 Arena in London as part of its maiden voyage. On April 11, Viking Star departed from Istanbul on its way to be officially christened in Bergen, Norway, today.

  • The past is a foreign country, so it’s fascinating to explore

    The past is a foreign country, so it’s fascinating to explore

    The history of China is highly complex, especially because of the extensive size of the country. Many Chinese admit that they are not familiar with all of its past since there are too many details and events to follow. On the other hand,...

  • Malta tops global list for focus on tourism

    Malta tops global list for focus on tourism

    Malta prioritises travel and tourism more than any other economy in the world, according to an international study.. On overall travel and tourism (T&T) competitiveness, Malta finished 40th in a 141-nation table compiled by the Geneva-based World...

  • Ryanair sale after route to Rome is launched

    Budget airline Ryanair is holding a sale on airfares to mark its new route from Malta to Rome this winter. The new route, announced last week, will bring the number of services Ryanair operates out of Luqa airport to 22. Planes will fly between...

  • Saga adds four river itineraries

    Saga has added four European river cruises to its 2016 programme. There are two new cruises on the Rex Rheni ship: the Treasures of Medieval Flanders and From Flanders to the Rhineland. And Filia Rheni II will set off from Budapest to explore the...

  • Canal boat ride ‘mesmerises’ TV viewers

    Canal boat ride ‘mesmerises’ TV viewers

    A two-hour BBC show featuring nothing more than a journey down a canal in southern England has proved an unlikely hit with viewers. All Aboard! The Canal Trip was filmed in real time and contained no commentary, music or presenter and nothing more...

  • Headset upgrade across Emirates’ economy class

    Headset upgrade across Emirates’ economy class

    Redesigned headphones with better sound quality, comfort and blocking of cabin noise for economy class travellers will be available across most of Emirates’ fleet by the end of next month. The airline is focusing on its A380 aircraft first, with...

  • Awards for Middle East’s best brands

    Awards for Middle East’s best brands

    Etihad Airways has retained its title as the Middle East’s leading airline for the ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards. The United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier was recognised during a red carpet ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort...

  • Ryanair carries 91.8 million in past 12 months

    Ryanair carries 91.8 million in past 12 months

    Ryanair carried nine million passengers last month ­– a 16 per cent increase on its total for April 2014. The Irish low-fare carrier handled 91.8 million passengers in the 12 months ending last month, which is a 12 per cent rise on the figure for...

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