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  • Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Europe’s cruise lines passenger growth rose in 2013 due to the popularity of the Mediterranean as a destination and Germans’ appetite for short trips in northern Europe, a lobby group said. A record 6.4 million Europeans booked cruises last year...

  • Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Costa Cruises will celebrate its new flagship Costa Diadema on November 7, during a special christening event in Genoa, the city where the company was founded and has its headquarters. This year, for the first time, a travel agent will be chosen...

  • Stop to smell the Malbec

    Stop to smell the Malbec

    The urge to rush around seeing as many sites as possible can leave tourists exhausted. Veronica Stivala asks would it be better to stay put and really explore one town? Not too long ago, one of the joys of travelling was sharing your photos with...

  • Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    It’s been just over a year since chef Rainer Becker opened Oblix in the European Union’s tallest building, but he admits the mission is not quite accomplished. “It takes time for a restaurant to be there, where I have it in my head,” Becker said,...

  • Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Exploring a country at your own pace is made much easier by hiring a vehicle rather than navigating foreign public transport, but Helen Raine has a few tips for avoiding potential potholes. My husband enjoys a challenge, the latest being a...

  • A slower rhythm of life

    A slower rhythm of life

    Popularly known as the Egadi Islands, Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo form part of a tiny archipelago off Sicily’s west coast. Though easily reachable within a few minutes by boat, hydrofoil, and ferry from Trapani or Marsala, the charm of these...

  • Emirates carries over 2m children

    Emirates carries over 2m children

    Emirates carried over two million children last year. With the busy summer holidays approaching, Skytrax’s World Best Airline is pulling out all the stops to keep children entertained in the air and on the ground. Before departure, complimentary...

  • Competition winner to visit Tuscany

    Competition winner to visit Tuscany

    Architect and interior designer Daniel Micallef Grimaud is the winner of a prize competition organised by YTC Travel and The Sunday Times of Malta. He chose a holiday at La Nuvola farmhouse in Tuscany. “The call from YTC was very unexpected – it...

  • New low-cost Russian airline makes maiden flight to Crimea

    New low-cost Russian airline makes maiden flight to Crimea

    The seats were cramped but the price was right, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared as he gave the Russian government’s blessing to a low-cost airline serving newly-annexed Crimea. State-run carrier Aeroflot announced plans to launch low-cost...

  • Apps help find gym when on the road

    Travellers who want to skip the hotel fitness centre in favour of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to new apps on their smartphones to buy a day pass to a nearby gym. “Most hotel gyms are just a small row...

  • City Explorer Valletta GPS tour

    City Explorer Valletta GPS tour

    After three years of research, City Explorer has launched Malta’s first personal and audiovisual GPS guide, allowing visitors the freedom to experience Valletta at their leisure while simultaneously educating and informing them about the...

  • North Korea a visitor draw, but sometimes literally a tourist trap

    North Korea a visitor draw, but sometimes literally a tourist trap

    “Taking you to places where your mother would rather you stayed away from.” That’s how one Western travel agency advertises its tours to North Korea. The US government doesn’t want you to go there either. Three of its citizens have been detained...

  • Savouring summertime in Seattle

    Savouring summertime in Seattle

    First tip: Don’t visit Seattle in March or April. Last March was the rainiest month on record, while April started just as wet. Seattle gets less rainfall overall than New York and Washington DC, as any local will tell you. But there’s no use...

  • Devil’s Nose train journey captures amazing scenery

    Devil’s Nose train journey captures amazing scenery

    Discover the most scenic route in Ecuador aboard the ‘Tren Crucero’, originally constructed in the late 1800s to connect a country separated by its majestic mountains. The train’s renovations have just been completed, offering visitors the...

  • Industry peers to discuss Mediterranean cruising

    The future of the Mediterranean as a top cruise destination continues to look very healthy, with nearly one out of five choosing a cruise in the region. Seatrade Communications chairman Chris Hayman said: “As one of the world’s most sought-after...

  • Living in the past

    Living in the past

    We live in an ever-smaller world, with business and technology connecting people in ways that were inconceivable a few generations ago. But does globalisation come at the cost of losing cultural identity? Travel website JoGuru lists six ethnic...

  • Where the caravan camels roam

    Where the caravan camels roam

    On a short break to north Africa, Stephen Bailey steps out into the Sahara Desert with only an uncomfortable, grumpy, hairy dromedary to guide him. Hamu looks at me and grunts, clearly unimpressed by my sweeping adoration of the landscape. He...

  • Beckham not recognised in the rainforest

    Beckham not recognised in the rainforest

    It took 12 days of travelling 800 miles into the Amazon rainforest, but finally David Beckham found what he was looking for: a whole village of people who had no idea who he was. The ex-England captain, one of football’s biggest stars, said his...

  • Czech out these unknown places

    Czech out these unknown places

    A city practically unknown outside the Czech Republic has topped a list of Europe’s 50 best “secret spot” locations. Contrasted with the tourist hotspots of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, the city of Olomouc (olla-moats) is “emerging as the travellers’...

  • Air Malta micro site condenses 40 years

    Air Malta micro site condenses 40 years

    Highlights of Air Malta’s 40-year history since it started flying operations on April 1, 1974, are celebrated in a new micro website. An interactive timeline lists the national airline’s milestones split over the four decades, with a video clip...

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