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  • Sunny weather draws tourists

    Sunny weather draws tourists

    Tourists and office workers in Festival Gardens enjoy the warm weather as they eat their lunch in the shadow of St Paul’s Cath-edral, London.

  • A Maasai family and me

    A Maasai family and me

    Doing volunteer work with children while living with a Maasai tribe can be a life-enhancing experience for everyone involved. Svetlana Busuttil shares the story of her unforgettable time in Africa with Melanie Vella. From an early age, Svetlana...

  • Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Hundreds of young Scots have taken part in a week-long space school run by former Nasa astronauts. About 200 pupils aged 14 to 17 from Renfrewshire joined Mission Discovery, an international educational programme brought to Scotland for the first...

  • UK’s eight potential locations for its first spaceport unveiled

    UK’s eight potential locations for its first spaceport unveiled

    Space tourists could be blasting into orbit from one of eight sites named as possible locations for Britain’s first spaceport in just four years’ time. Six of the sites shortlisted for the spaceport, due to open in 2018, are in Scotland. They...

  • Chinese welcomed by je ne sais quoi

    Chinese welcomed by je ne sais quoi

    It might come as a shock to some but France is seen as the most welcoming country in Europe. The accolade has come from Chinese tourists who were asked to name the country showing the most hospitality to travellers. Australia topped the...

  • Flight delays the biggest holiday gripe

    Flight delays the biggest holiday gripe

    Holidaymaker hassles are more about travelling to and from a resort than difficulties once there, according to a Which? study. Flight delays or cancellations topped the list of grumbles, followed by long waits to reclaim baggage, the survey of...

  • Paradise found

    Paradise found

    Maltese holidaymakers who fancy a trip to paradise will soon be able to enjoy an easier trip. Emirates has announced it will fly twice daily to the idyllic Indian Ocean island of Mauritius from December 1. A larger A380 aircraft will replace the...

  • Magaluf ‘isn’t lenient on rowdy foreign revellers’

    Magaluf ‘isn’t lenient on rowdy foreign revellers’

    The head of tourism in Magaluf, Majorca, has denied that police take a lenient approach towards rowdy tourists after footage emerged showing a Northern Irish girl performing sex acts during a pub crawl. Cristian Alfaro, head of tourism for Calvia...

  • A city of culture and the Commonwealth Games

    A city of culture and the Commonwealth Games

    If you are lucky enough to be in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games, why not take the opportunity to explore more of what the city has to offer? Veronica Stivala puts together a three-day itinerary for an engaging visit. This year will see the...

  • To infinity and beyond... well, as close as possible

    To infinity and beyond... well, as close as possible

    Forty-five years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 space flight landed on the moon. Since then, humanity’s obsession with the final frontier has grown, with Virgin Galactic due to take its first tourists into zero-gravity...

  • Sleeping with the fishes

    Sleeping with the fishes

    Dress codes are usually fairly relaxed around the US but at the Emerald Lagoon on Shoreland Drive in Key Largo, they will not let you in unless you are wearing flippers and a snorkel. The man at the door denies access to those not in Speedos and...

  • Blown away by windswept islands

    Blown away by windswept islands

    Completing her travels around Sicily’s coastline, Fiona Vella explores the ancient Aeolian archipelago, whose rough beauty has been recognised as an Unesco World Heritage Site. The Greeks were inspired by the mythological god of the winds Aeolus...

  • Handmade villas ‘tiki’ all the boxes

    Handmade villas ‘tiki’ all the boxes

    A Floriana hotel has brought a little bit of the Philippines to Malta by creating its own ‘tiki village’ for the summer. The Grand Hotel Excelsior has set up 10 ‘villas’ close to the marina, which guests can rent to enjoy harbour views while...

  • Costa cruisers back neoRiviera’s service

    Costa cruisers back neoRiviera’s service

    This spring, the Costa neoRiviera obtained the company’s highest performance through its customers’ eyes. During the summer the Costa neoCollection is offering ‘slow cruising’ to top destinations in the Mediterranean and northern Europe. In spring...

  • Low-cost Lufthansa?

    Lufthansa may launch low-cost, long-haul flights under a new brand as part of plans by the company’s new boss to battle competition from Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines. The long-haul plan would mark a big shift for the company that...

  • Flight offer for Cyprus

    Emirates is offering special fares to Cyprus for tickets purchased by July 22. Economy Class fares to Larnaka start from €220 for outbound travel bet­ween August 15 and September 30, and €239 for outbound travel until August 14. A €20 surcharge...

  • Six of the best from Emirates

    Six of the best from Emirates

    Emirates is offering exclusive economy fares to business and leisure travellers from Malta to six destinations in the Middle East, Africa and India until July 21. Travellers can save money when they fly from Malta to Nairobi from €551, to Khartoum...

  • Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    The Maltese islands have been awarded ‘Best Overseas Destin-ation for Groups’ after a vote by the 10,000 readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine. Malta triumphed over the other finalists Germany, Amsterdam, Austria, Belgium, Jersey and Lake...

  • Ryanair is recruiting

    Last week budget airline Ryanair launched a digital and IT innovation hub based at its Dublin Office Campus in Swords as part of its aim to recruit 200 staff to develop an online travel platform. It is seeking to fill a range of roles at Ryanair...

  • Discounts for families

    Discounts for families

    Air passengers travelling with children can now get discounts on additional services with Ryanair. While the base prices of flights remain the same, those who book travel insurance, allocated seats, checked luggage or priority boarding will get 50...

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