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  • Tool to save hotel energy

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will roll out an environmental tool allowing it to track its energy and water use across its more than 4,700 hotels worldwide from January 1. The group, which runs one hotel on the island in Paceville, St...

  • A quantum leap in cruising technology

    A quantum leap in cruising technology

    The world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship sailed into Southampton’s port last week. Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas was developed with the aim of setting new standards in cruising innovation and capitalising on...

  • Going ape high up in the mountains

    Going ape high up in the mountains

    Edith Honan braves the unknown in the Democratic Republic of Congo to go in search of great apes in the national park that became famous as the location mentioned in the 1984 book Gorillas in the Mist. The mountain gorillas looked me over with...

  • A mouth-watering idea for quality restaurants

    A mouth-watering idea for quality restaurants

    Last month, the Malta Tourism Authority launched a Quality Assured seal to help hungry customers identify high standard, local eateries. John Magri from the authority explains the scheme in more detail. What is the aim of the Malta Tourism...

  • Escape your routine with unusual Christmas trips

    Escape your routine with unusual Christmas trips

    If Christmas markets and typical festive mini-breaks bore you to tears, you might be interested in some of the holidays that www.responsibletravel.com has put together for this December. It promotes its own eco-friendly, socially responsible...

  • Sacred sacrifice and surreal ceremonies

    Sacred sacrifice and surreal ceremonies

    Melanie Vella explores Sulawesi, one of the most intriguing islands in the Indonesian archipelago, to witness its elaborate, centuries-old burial rites. Thick vegetation and high mountains seemed to have insulated Sulawesi’s ancient culture from...

  • Eurotunnel breaks record

    Eurotunnel breaks record

    A record-breaking August for shuttle traffic helped Channel Tunnel company Eurotunnel to increased revenues over the summer. Eurotunnel group revenues for July to September totalled €343.9 million: a seven per cent rise on the same period last...

  • Lufthansa boosts seat capacity

    German airline Lufthansa said it will be offering 2.9 per cent more seats for its winter schedule, a slight increase on previous plans for a two per cent increase. While the number of flights is falling by 2.9 per cent, employing larger planes has...

  • Scarf caught in Tube train door

    Scarf caught in Tube train door

    A potentially fatal incident in which a woman passenger was dragged along an Underground platform after her scarf was caught in the doors of a departing train has been described in a rail accident report. The Tube train driver was unaware that the...

  • Valletta on top 10 city list

    Valletta on top 10 city list

    Valletta is one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit next year, according to a British travel guide. Lonely Planet announced its destinations of choice in its Best in Travel 2015 book published last week. Malta’s historic capital came fifth...

  • Cruise fair to plan summer holidays

    Cruise fair to plan summer holidays

    MSC Cruises specialist Hamilton Travel is holding a dedicated cruise fair in Floriana next month to help travellers plan their 2015 summer holiday. The event at the Grand Hotel Excelsior between November 14 and 16 will showcase cruises throughout...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending some time on the Maltese Islands, a place that most people have heard good things about but few have had the pleasure of visiting. I was based in Valletta but also had a chance to see Gozo, which...

  • Trekking disaster shakes faith in shoestring tourism

    Trekking disaster shakes faith in shoestring tourism

    German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking disaster. As the search for dozens...

  • A world of fright nights

    A world of fright nights

    Halloween most likely began around 2,000 years ago as a pagan harvest festival until the Church ‘borrowed’ the Celtic idea to remember the early departed. Many countries have a similar event to remember their lost relatives. Helen Raine suggests...

  • Working up an appetite at the Great Bath Feast

    Working up an appetite at the Great Bath Feast

    In the Somerset city of Bath, British food writer Mary Berry is now nearly as famous as fellow author Jane Austen. They are the ancient Roman city’s favourite daughters and Berry has another claim: her father was once mayor. Although there are as...

  • London’s red sea

    London’s red sea

    Emerging from the exit of Tower Hill underground station takes you straight to one of the most famous sights in the capital of Britain – the Tower of London. Murderous and magnificent, horrendous and heroic, it is lit on a mild, dry, low-cast...

  • Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Nepal is a country surrounded by China, India, Tibet and Bhutan. The picturesque Himalayas frame its pristine natural beauty of rivers, lakes and rolling hills that capture a nature lover’s wildest dreams, on a backpacker’s budget. As the pilot...

  • Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Budget airline Ryanair has launched a Twitter account to provide its customers with instant information about their flight. The account @RyanairFlights provides instant real time information for 1,600 daily services. Twitter users can send their...

  • Air Malta keeps Algiers service

    Air Malta keeps Algiers service

    The national airline will continue its early-morning, weekly Thursday service to Algiers this winter, even adding flights in busy periods. Between October 27 and November 17, and again from December 22 to 29, Air Malta will also fly to the...

  • Appy days with easyJet passport scan function

    EasyJet is the first European airline to launch a passport scanning function to its mobile app. The app, which has been downloaded over 10 million times, now enables customers using an iOS or Android device to scan passport details using its...

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