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  • Climbing the steps of this iconic Wall

    Climbing the steps of this iconic Wall

    “He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man,” declares a Chinese saying. After being confronted by the challenging steps of this legendary wall, I must admit that I understand fully the meaning behind this expression. Constructing...

  • Travel trade offer from car hire firm

    Travel trade offer from car hire firm

    Europcar has launched a series of exclusive offers for those working in the travel sector. The discounts will apply to any travel professionals booking a leisure trip in the UK. And for added flexibility, staff can make savings on both prepaid...

  • Warning after shark attacks

    A US beach town was advising against ocean swimming after two youths were mauled by at least one shark last weekend. A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro was bitten so badly near an Oak Island pier in North Carolina last Sunday that she lost part of...

  • Monuments re-open doors

    Monuments re-open doors

    Nepal re-opened earthquake-damaged monuments at Kathmandu’s Durbar Square last week, trying to draw visitors back to the Himalayan nation less than two months after two devastating tremors killed about 8,800 people. Hundreds of monuments at key...

  • Cypriot ‘Othello Tower’ to reopen after facelift

    Cypriot ‘Othello Tower’ to reopen after facelift

    The 14th-century Cypriot tower that is the fictional setting of Shakespeare’s play Othello reopens next month after renovation following decades of decay on the internationally isolated Turkish side of the ethnically divided island. The ‘Othello...

  • Malta’s top 10 landmarks

    Malta’s top 10 landmarks

    St John’s Co-Cathedral’s façade may be hidden behind fabric and scaffolding as it is restored ahead of the Valletta 18 celebrations, but it is still Malta’s top landmark. Travel review website TripAdvisor has released its 2015 list of landmarks...

  • Scheme to reduce aircraft carry-on bag sizes ‘paused’

    An initiative that could lead to a reduction in the size of permitted airline carry-on bags has been put on pause. Launched by global airline trade body the International Air Transport Association (Iata), the Cabin OK scheme aimed to provide...

  • Emirates grows in Uganda and Japan

    Emirates grows in Uganda and Japan

    Emirates will upgrade its services to Uganda by deploying larger aircraft on the daily Dubai to Entebbe route from October. The Boeing 777-200LR will replace the current Airbus A330-200 used on the route, and increase the total number of seats...

  • Downton Abbey inspires fan-tastic tour of Britain

    Downton Abbey inspires fan-tastic tour of Britain

    Fans of the popular British period drama Downton Abbey can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last century. From wandering around the Victorian stately home that is the centrepiece of...

  • Tempt your tastebuds on a quick visit to Valencia

    Tempt your tastebuds on a quick visit to Valencia

    There's something for everyone in the Spanish city of Valencia. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, there are several beaches, while the city itself is brimming with culture and beautiful architecture and not completely swamped by tourists. It...

  • Try being a tourist at home

    Try being a tourist at home

    Often, when we think of breathtaking views, turquoise water and majestic craggy rocks, our thoughts run to exotic, faraway places that we will some day take that dream holiday to. But perhaps we suffer from ‘grass is greener’ syndrome and forget...

  • Gladiators to stage summer games

    Gladiators are stepping back into the arena this summer, only metres away from the remains of a Roman amphitheatre where they fought for real thousands of years ago. The Gladiator Games, at Guildhall in central London this August, features members...

  • Disappear into Finnair

    Disappear into Finnair

    Christopher Scicluna discovers a new link to Helsinki could be the catalyst for a boost in Asian visitors to Malta – and islanders heading north themselves What is the shortest distance between Malta and Asia? You will be forgiven for thinking it...

  • Getting back in the swing of things at ‘home of golf’

    Getting back in the swing of things at ‘home of golf’

    Reliving his St Andrews university days, David Walding finds that the old stomping ground has swapped sheep for sophistication after 30 years The last time I was in Fife I stole a lobster, but I am still at large. As a student, I spent four hazy...

  • Surge for luxury market

    Surge for luxury market

    More holidaymakers are spending heavily on the best weeks of the year. With a 48 per cent increase in the past five years, luxury travel has grown twice as fast as all other types of overseas trips, which grew by 24 per cent. This is the result of...

  • ROCS is airline’s top sales agent

    ROCS is airline’s top sales agent

    Emirates has awarded ROCS Travel as the top passenger sales agent in Malta for its performance in 2014. Earlier this year, the travel agency was appointed Emirates Holidays’ preferred agent in Malta with a dedicated office in St Anne Street,...

  • Plug-in plane takes to sky

    Plug-in plane takes to sky

    An electric aircraft that could be the future of flying will be on display at the Paris Air Show. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is flying its E-Fan 2.0 electric prototype, which can achieve a speed of 136mph. Weighing less than half a ton, the...

  • Seeing 14 countries on one tank of fuel

    Seeing 14 countries on one tank of fuel

    A car has been driven through 14 countries on a single tank of fuel in what is thought to have been a world record. British motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson drove an Audi A6 Ultra a total of 1,158.9 miles almost...

  • Cabin crew express air quality fears

    British airline workers are said to be increasingly concerned about the quality of air inside cabins as it was revealed that 17 cases are being taken claiming personal injury. The union Unite launched a helpline last month amid worries over...

  • South Africa minor rules ‘reviewed’

    South Africa’s government is reviewing its new travel rules for minors after signs they are already hurting the key tourist sector, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has said. Tourism has become the fastest-growing industry for Africa’s most advanced...

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