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  • Bubble vision

    Bubble vision

    A man circles a tourist in a giant soap bubble at Columbus Circle near Central Park in New York City.

  • Following the spirits of Benin’s voodoo culture

    Following the spirits of Benin’s voodoo culture

    In this small West African country, Stephen Bailey joins a crowd watching spooky personifications that need placating after a seven-year absence... A dozen drummers lead the crowd through the dusty streets of Ouidah, Benin. I follow the repetitive...

  • Is voluntourism doing more harm than good?

    Is voluntourism doing more harm than good?

    Rapid growth in the multi-billion-dollar volunteer tourism industry has prompted calls for tighter controls with concerns over exposing vulnerable communities to unskilled foreign labour and dodgy operators exploiting foreigners for...

  • ‘Robocab’ taxis point to greener benefits

    ‘Robocab’ taxis point to greener benefits

    Self-driving “robocab” taxis could deliver huge environmental and economic benefits by running more efficiently than privately operated vehicles, a study has shown. Scientists found that an electric self-driving taxi in 2030 would generate...

  • Airline’s donation to Kenyan orphanage

    Airline’s donation to Kenyan orphanage

    Etihad Airways has launched two community outreach activities in Kenya with donations of blankets and school supplies to the Dream Children’s Home, and the Children in Freedom organisation, with the help of a Malta-related aid agency. Located...

  • Overdressed teen collapses on plane

    Overdressed teen collapses on plane

    A boyband singer collapsed during a flight after layering up his clothing to avoid paying an extra baggage fee. Briton James McElvar, 19, passed out while travelling back from London to Glasgow after performing with Rewind. EasyJet staff told him...

  • Alitalia and Costa sign fly + cruise deal

    Alitalia and Costa sign fly + cruise deal

    Costa Cruises and Alitalia, the main Italian airline, have signed a three-year agreement which will see passengers departing Italy welcomed to scheduled and charter flights to reach the ports of embarkation for cruises around the world. The...

  • Car hire giants agree to changes after EU action

    Car hire giants agree to changes after EU action

    Five major car rental companies have agreed to significantly review how they treat consumers thanks to a joint action from the European Commission and national enforcement authorities. Citizens will benefit from more clarity on insurance policies,...

  • Something for all seasons inside the Summer Palace

    Something for all seasons inside the Summer Palace

    Ancient Chinese palaces never fail to impress with their distinguished architectural designs and their exquisite use of space. Moreover, each site is endowed with a rich history and a compelling narrative. It is certainly no wonder that thousands...

  • One man’s trash is a New York tourist destination

    One man’s trash is a New York tourist destination

    Bright coloured kayaks bobbed around the rotted hull of a World War II submarine chaser that was rusted into a ghostly shell and lapped by water as salty as tears. The kayaks paddled by tourists then glided a few feet away to a decayed, partly...

  • 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...

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