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  • Pilgrims’ place

    Pilgrims’ place

    Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Women-only carriages are possible solutions to a rise in sexual assaults on passengers, a British Transport Minister said. Earlier this week Claire Perry said she was determined to do “whatever we have to” to reverse the increase and boost...

  • A long Pyrenean weekend

    A long Pyrenean weekend

    Alannah Eames squeezes seeing the Airbus city of Toulouse, outdoor activity in the Spanish Pyrenees and exploring Andorra into just four days. When people think of impressive European mountains, it’s almost always the Alps which spring to mind as...

  • Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Workers at travel group Monarch have agreed to accept pay cuts and changes to working conditions to help secure its future. The British company is in talks with investment firm Greybull Capital, with moves to transform it into a European low-cost...

  • Italy is Britons’ hotspot

    Italy and Ibiza were among the top holiday spots for Britons this summer. Malta also did well, but bookings to Brazil were down due to high prices sparked by the football World Cup. Trips to Egypt also fell because of the political climate,...

  • ‘Mum-friendly’ chalets aim to update holiday camp’s image

    ‘Mum-friendly’ chalets aim to update holiday camp’s image

    British holiday company Butlins is moving ever further from its old 1950s Hi-de-Hi image by investing £16 million (€20.5 million) in new “mum-friendly” chalets. Butlins has consulted popular website Mumsnet on the design of the chalets, which are...

  • Ryanair’s ticketing deal to woo business customers

    Budget airline Ryanair widened its new offering to win over business customers earlier this week, announcing that it has agreed a deal with Spain’s Amadeus to sell seats through the technology company’s network of travel agents. Europe’s largest...

  • Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    A Paris push to rid the city of the thousands of ‘love locks’ weighing down its bridges is being thwarted by tourists’ relentless romance. For years, visiting couples have hung brass padlocks on the iron grills lining the city’s bridges to...

  • Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Valletta’s view of the Three Cities was almost blocked by five cruise liners early this week, when four chartered Aida ships and the Mein Schiff 2 docked in Grand Harbour on the same day. The Aida Aura, Aida Blu, Aida Diva and Aida Vita were...

  • S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    South Africa has postponed bringing in two tighter regulations on travel for children after the tourism industry raised concerns, the department of home affairs has said. The controversial rules, which will require children to carry a full birth...

  • Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is seeking individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join its cabin crew. International recruitment days will take place in 12 different cities in Italy, Germany,...

  • Ten years of lounging around

    Ten years of lounging around

    Emirates is marking the 10th anniversary of its worldwide lounge network and says after a decade, demand for the service is growing. More than 22 million customers have been served since the airline opened its first lounge outside of its Dubai...

  • Whatever you do, don’t miss the boat!

    Whatever you do, don’t miss the boat!

    Revelling in the luxuries of cruise liner travel while enjoying harbour hopping takes precision planning, Maltese travellers Lara Vella and Neil Agius tell Melanie Vella after almost being left on an island. Standing on the cruise liner’s highest...

  • Keeping yourself out of harm’s way on the road

    Keeping yourself out of harm’s way on the road

    Have a quick read of the news and you would be forgiven for assuming that the world is no longer a safe place to travel. From pickpocketing to mugging, assaults to terrorist attacks, travellers are often the targets of crime, which can prove...

  • Saffron-picking season needs a woman’s touch

    Saffron-picking season needs a woman’s touch

    Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice – and the fiddliest. Production is totally manual: it’s a labour of love. We were in the saffron museum in Madridejos, 30 minutes from Toledo, central Spain. A former nunnery, it houses saffron-farming...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    People are taking fewer holidays, according to a survey by travel organisation Abta. The number of Britons having a holiday fell from 83 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent this year, the poll of 2,008 adults showed. There has also been a slight...

  • Waves hello

    Waves hello

    Europe’s maritime tradition is unsurpassed. Its ports have launched a thousand ships in a race to conquer new lands. Its rivers and seas have witnessed empires rise and fall. Precious stones arrived by sea to dazzle the grand courts and new...

  • Winter getaways offers

    As winter approaches, SMS Mondial is organising a number of short breaks in the Mediterranean and Europe. Winter breaks are the perfect way to beat those winter blues. Take a short break from the daily routine and charge your batteries. And who...

  • Where the wild things are

    Where the wild things are

    For Scrabble players, words are mere point-scoring symbols the meaning of which doesn’t matter. Yet beyond the green horizon of the Scrabble board, words are constellations of fascinating associations. Like grandparents in winter, words are full...

  • Luggage for the creative soul

    Luggage for the creative soul

    Many luggage can look original, but only a few also come with a 10-year worldwide warranty. The Samsonite Malta store has just received a small quantity of the Cosmolite Disney Limited Edition luggage line specially created to mark the launch of...

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