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  • Fireworks show is set to delight tourists, locals

    Fireworks show is set to delight tourists, locals

    Tourism authorities are hoping the 14th Malta International Fireworks Festival will attract thousands of visitors to the island this month. The annual event, which includes displays by both Maltese and foreign pyrotechnic companies, has previously...

  • Ryanair challenge to take wingsie for €100 voucher

    Ryanair challenge to take wingsie for €100 voucher

    Ryanair has marked its new Instagram account by offering €100 flight vouchers to five people who snap their best ‘wingsie’. The budget airline’s latest social media platform will offer behind-the-scenes images, snapshots of its 190 destinations...

  • Marsaxlokk in blogger’s top 10 undiscovered spots

    Marsaxlokk in blogger’s top 10 undiscovered spots

    Marsaxlokk has made it into a list of Europe’s top undiscovered beauty spots. Blogger @21andabroad, an anonymous British man in his early 20s, listed the fishing village in his top 10 posts on his website. The tourist-friendly destination was in...

  • British island of St Helena gets ready for guests

    British island of St Helena gets ready for guests

    Plans to develop tourism in one of Britain’s most far-flung outposts are proceeding fast. Following news that air services will begin to St Helena next year comes an announcement that a new hotel is to open on the remote South Atlantic...

  • Emirates premieres film about aeroplane history

    Emirates premieres film about aeroplane history

    Emirates has hosted the in-flight premiere of National Geographic film Living in the Age of Airplanes onboard one of its double-decker A380 planes. The film, intended for IMAX, giant screen, digital and other specialty cinemas, celebrates how...

  • Holidaymakers lose €3bn to online booking scams

    Holidaymakers lose €3bn to online booking scams

    Fraudsters conned British holidaymakers out of €3 billion last year through a series of internet-based scams and deceptions, a report shows. Criminal groups have targeted online booking firms to swindle cash from unsuspecting customers, many of...

  • Modern peace can’t hide the horrors of recent past

    Modern peace can’t hide the horrors of recent past

    Visiting the temples of Angkor Wat and notorious Killing Fields of Pol Pot’s regime leaves blogger Sue Grech Cumbo admiring the locals’ resilience. If you're one of those travellers who rate a place by its people, unspoilt landscape and history,...

  • ‘Can’t beat ’em? Eat ’em’ stance on reef’s lionfish

    ‘Can’t beat ’em? Eat ’em’ stance on reef’s lionfish

    In a reef just off the popular USS Kittiwake dive site in Grand Cayman, hunters armed with spears seek out lionfish: an invasive species so destructive that authorities want them caught and served up as a tasty dish. With their striking pectoral...

  • Enjoy a grand day out in this most royal borough

    Enjoy a grand day out in this most royal borough

    There is something absolutely magical about Kingston, an air of grandeur that stems from its royal past that dates back to pre-1066 England, when the Saxons still ruled England and the Normans were building a name for themselves in continental...

  • Seeking out a natural rush

    Seeking out a natural rush

    Even through the plane window, I can sense the adventure. Glaciers glimmer beneath the wingtips, fjords dazzle between towering mountains, and as we touch down I watch boats accelerating across a lake. I’m landing in Queenstown, self-proclaimed...

  • Ryanair releases its Malta winter flights

    Ryanair releases its Malta winter flights

    Ryanair has launched its Malta winter 2015 schedule with a new route to East Midlands and more flights to Madrid. The Spanish capital will receive two to three flights per week from Malta, and the low-cost airline has brought its total number of...

  • Saving lives at 35,000ft in the air

    Saving lives at 35,000ft in the air

    Emirates has drawn attention to its safety procedures by announcing that it invests more than €6 million in equipment and thousands of hours in the training of crew for first-aid and emergency care. During 2014, crews and pilots spent a total of...

  • UK exit checks come into force

    Exit checks have come into force at airports, ports and international rail terminals in the UK. It is hoped the checks will improve the British government’s understanding of who is leaving and staying in the country. They will also help the police...

  • Airbnb offers beds in Cuba

    Airbnb offers beds in Cuba

    Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb now offers properties in Cuba, the company said, as it looks to capitalise on an expected travel boom resulting from the normalising of relations between the US and the Communist-run nation. President Barack...

  • Nepal’s weather forecaster

    Nepal’s weather forecaster

    Armed with a four-year-old laptop and an unreliable internet connection, a retired weather forecaster working from his living room is the best local source of climate data for trekkers in Nepal months after a storm killed 32 in the Annapurna...

  • Ancient place of worship now brings many people together

    Ancient place of worship now brings many people together

    In the latest of her series, Fiona Vella explores two of Beijing ’s temples that have survived armies wreaking havoc between their magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens Temple of Heaven Located in the southeast of Beijing, the Temple of...

  • Sailing down the river in search of Midsomer

    Sailing down the river in search of Midsomer

    It might have been called the HMS Barnaby. Or the SS Sgt Troy. But instead the new river cruise motorboat is simply called Midsomer and it will be officially christened and launched on May 14 by Britain’s Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Steve...

  • New York City sounds sweet for music lovers

    New York City sounds sweet for music lovers

    New York is a centre for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums. The city that never sleeps moves to the beat of many different drummers,...

  • On the ropes

    On the ropes

    Tourists make their way across Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the Causeway coast, north of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bridge is suspended 30 metres above sea level and was built 350 years ago by salmon fishermen, according to conservation...

  • Old-fashioned glamour lies in wait around every corner

    Old-fashioned glamour lies in wait around every corner

    The Alembic Bar is small and old-school, with wood-panelled walls, dimly glowing bare bulbs and a curved bar with a polished, hardwood top. There are three bar stools, perfectly placed, as if waiting just for us. We slide on to them. Cocktails are...

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