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  • Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    As morning mist rolls away, Stephen Bailey tries to look in every direction at once while on a safari trip in East Africa – but can he outstare a hungry lion? In the early morning mist, Ngorongoro looks magical, clouds dancing inside the stark...

  • Movie magic

    Ever heard of Savoca? Virtu Ferry will give your brain a nudge with its new trip, The Godfather Excursion. This experience combines the affluence of Toarmina with Savoca, a typical Sicilian hilltop hamlet made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s The...

  • UK tour operators drop

    The number of British travel companies and tour operators that have closed down has risen by 45 per cent over the past year, figures have shown. As many as 77 travel agencies and tour operators went insolvent in the 12 months to March 2014,...

  • Germans share travel stresses

    Germans bagging the best spots on the beach and around the pool is a particular aggravation for Britons on holiday. But now it can be revealed that the Germans do not like the British while on a break, either. In fact, the Germans appear not to be...

  • Hotel’s proud of top student

    The Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa’s group and events manager, Kami Scerri, recently won Best Food and Beverage Student and Best Sommelier Student at an Institute of Tourism event. The ITS Diploma in Events Management graduate was singled out for...

  • Costa Cruises kicks off its World Cup celebrations

    Football fans need not miss a moment of the 2014 World Cup, even if they are cruising around the world, as Costa Cruises is offering coverage of every game. As supporters cheer on their teams in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, guests on board...

  • Muppets pull airline’s strings

    Lufthansa passengers will be treated to a Muppets-based gift as the airline and Disney start a new round of their campaign to promote the German premiere of Muppets Most Wanted. Under the slogan ‘Join the Muppets. With Lufthansa’, employees of the...

  • Air Malta marks a code-share launch

    Last week, Air Malta and Air France celebrated an inaugural flight, following their code-share agree­ment, with a ribbon-cutting event at Malta International Airport. The agreement sees Air France placing its code and flight numbers on flights...

  • Working up a sweat in San Diego

    Summer is an opportunity to relax in the sun, but in fitness-crazy southern California, you are more likely to see people pounding the pavement than lounging on the beach, as Mary Milliken and Mike Blake find out. This might just be the easiest...

  • Those with glass churches throw flowers, not stones

    Crossing the street on the isle of Jersey in midsummer is a risky business, though thankfully injuries can be more floral than fatal. Bedding plants can inflict some nasty injuries if you don’t look left, then right, and left again to make sure a...

  • Petal power

    Cherry blossom season lures thousands of visitors to Japan each spring, but Helen Raine explains there’s still time to catch this beautiful phenomenon. Every year in Japan, a phenomenon sweeps the country. Cherry blossoms explode out of the long,...

  • Let Dresden’s pigtailed ladies show you the city

    Visiting the capital of the federal state of Saxony, Stephen Bailey is welcomed by good-natured locals in a city rebuilt after almost total destruction in World War II. Five minutes from the central station and I’m already witnessing Dresden’s...

  • EasyJet passengers rose in 12 months to March

    Low-fare airline easyJet carried an increased number of passengers last month.The budget carrier flew 5.1 million people in March 2014 – a 4.8 per cent rise on its March 2013 performance. In the 12 months ending in March 2014, easyJet carried...

  • Air Malta launches summer schedule

    Air Malta’s summer schedule has new routes to Venice and Parma among its 33 destinations. The national airline has a new base in Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Istanbul and will resume flights to the Algerian capital Algiers for the next few months. “Air...

  • Food festival fun in fishing village

    Sicilians just love their sagre (food festivals), and if you happen to be in Sicily between April 30 and May 4, make a little detour to Sampieri, only 15 minutes from Pozzallo. This picturesque old fishing village is holding a sagra del pomodoro...

  • Taste of Turkish delight as Istanbul is top destination

    World travellers have judged Istanbul to be the best global destination, according to holiday website TripAdvisor. Despite the recent unrest in Turkey, its capital – which is famously on a different continent to the rest of the country – jumped up...

  • It’s a sailor’s life for me

    For those with a head for heights and a spirit of adventure, the SS Great Britain is offering a dizzying experience. Visitors to the UK can be immersed in the life of a 19th century sailor on board engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s most famous...

  • Tourism press award winners

    The fifth edition of the MTA Malta Tourism Press Awards was recently held at the Xara Lodge in the limits of Rabat. The main objective is to honour journalists, TV producers and photographers from all over the world, whose work, published during...

  • Destinations to satisfy both wanderlust and bloodlust

    With Game of Thrones back on screens, fans may wish to see the places used for the haunts of their favourite characters ­– before they get killed off! Epic TV fantasy Game of Thrones is back on screens for its fourth season, intriguing and...

  • Drinking in the scenery

    Got some spare time, money and drive to see Asia? Helen Raine gives an overview of how to get the most out of a month exploring the nooks and crannies of Vietnam, so long as you manage to steer clear of the rice wine... I recently chatted to a...

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