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  • Spotting traveller types

    Spotting traveller types

    Free as a bird With a backpack almost the same size, if not larger than its carrier, the student or teenage traveller is unmistakeable. Mostly sighted during the summer months when school is out, when the weather is kinder to the outdoor traveller...

  • Playing a final tune

    Playing a final tune

    Tourists play on the ‘Big’ piano inside the toy store FAO Schwarz, before it officially closed the doors of its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City on Wednesday night, to the dismay of shoppers charmed by the iconic destination for...

  • So much to sea and do

    So much to sea and do

    With too many places to fit into one article, Helen Raine shares the second part of her multi-generational family holiday to a striking Caribbean island. Twenty years ago, if you’d told me I’d be booking into a gated community with a lazy river,...

  • Malaysia’s ‘strip’ mountain closed off to all tourists

    Malaysia’s ‘strip’ mountain closed off to all tourists

    The Malaysian mountain at the centre of an international incident when a British backpacker was jailed for an X-rated stunt has been closed to tourists. The British government last week issued advice to travellers warning that climbing activities...

  • Ryanair sets up flights to Israel

    Ryanair sets up flights to Israel

    Budget airline Ryanair will launch flights to Israel this winter, saying the Red Sea resort city of Eilat has potential to compete for Europeans looking for an alternative to the Canary Islands. Starting in November, the Irish low-cost carrier...

  • €19.85 airfare sale ends today

    Travellers looking to book trips between September and the end of January have until midnight tonight to take advantage of a Ryanair seat sale. Between 00.01hrs on Wednesday and 24.00hrs today, the Irish carrier is marking the 30th anniversary of...

  • EasyJet crew to vote over pay action

    Cabin crew at easyJet are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. British union Unite said around 2,000 of its members will start voting from July 14 on whether to launch a campaign of action, with the result due on August...

  • Sardinia first in top 10 pricey room list

    Sardinia first in top 10 pricey room list

    A four-star spa resort on a Mediterranean island has topped a list of the most expensive hotels in Europe. Basing the positions on the hotels’ average overnight rates for a standard double room between July 1 and August 31, 2015, Le Dune in...

  • Last-minute bookings fall over the Greek debt crisis

    Last-minute bookings fall over the Greek debt crisis

    Greece’s debt crisis has hit tourism, with last-minute bookings falling sharply, although the impact on the industry may be limited because the flare-up has come late in the season when most summer holidays are already booked. The Greek Tourism...

  • Unesco adds 24 sites to its world heritage list

    Unesco adds 24 sites to its world heritage list

    The World Heritage Committee has inscribed 24 new sites on Unesco’s World Heritage List and approved extensions to three existing sites. It also added three World Heritage sites to the List of World Heritage in Danger and took one off that...

  • City trades on past culture to delight modern-day visitors

    City trades on past culture to delight modern-day visitors

    When we travel to places that are radically different to Malta, both visually and culturally, we gasp in delight at our new surroundings, feeling like we’ve landed someplace special and almost mysterious. In recent years the beautiful Czech...

  • Looking fabulous in Paris

    Looking fabulous in Paris

    Never mind the Big Four. Any fashionista worth her Céline Trapeze will tell you that for timeless elegance and faultless craftsmanship there’s only one true fashion capital: the original, the fabulous, the motherlode of mode, Paris. And there’s no...

  • Facing the festival frenzy

    Facing the festival frenzy

    Tackling the tent issue Going to festivals is great fun, until you find yourself on day three, completely lacking in sleep because of overzealous festival-goers who stay up all night to party, only to return at six in the morning, drunk with a bit...

  • Forth Bridge becomes heritage site

    Forth Bridge becomes heritage site

    The Forth Bridge has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status. The 125-year-old construction spanning the Firth of Forth is Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site. It joins Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark,...

  • Build up your inner child at Legoland

    Build up your inner child at Legoland

    At Easter, I ventured to Denmark with my husband for a five-day break, travelling from Malta to Aarhus via Luton. Although I had previously visited Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, in winter, Legoland was closed as it is only open from April...

  • Munich satellite terminal open date

    Munich satellite terminal open date

    Three years and two months after breaking ground for the satellite terminal, Munich Airport has announced the time frame for its opening. The official opening date will be April 2016, with the exact day to be announced at the start of next...

  • White House lifts its 40-year camera ban

    White House lifts its 40-year camera ban

    The White House has lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion, delighting tourists who immediately began posting pictures on social media. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on...

  • Emirates wins 11th award for inflight system

    Emirates wins 11th award for inflight system

    Emirates’s ice entertainment system has been awarded the World’s Best Airline In-flight Entertainment at the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards for the 11th consecutive year. The awards polled more than 18 million business and leisure air...

  • Heathrow closes T1

    Heathrow closes T1

    Britain’s Heathrow Terminal 1, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969, has said goodbye to its final passengers. One by one, airlines have stopped flying from T1 and transferred to other terminals. Recently it has played host to just a handful of...

  • Muslim-friendly app for Thailand

    Muslim-friendly app for Thailand

    Thailand has launched a smartphone app to attract Muslim visitors, something which could help further boost an industry that has been steadily recovering since a 2014 coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist but parts of the south are majority...

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