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  • Golf trips shunned for life in cycle lane

    Golf trips shunned for life in cycle lane

    Men in Lycra could soon be outnumbering men on the links on holiday, following a rise in the popularity of cycling breaks at the expense of golfing trips. The trend has been highlighted in a World Travel Market (WTM) report in association with...

  • African nations counter Ebola’s tourism damage

    African nations counter Ebola’s tourism damage

    African countries at a major world travel exhibition in London last week presented a united front in the battle to woo tourists back to the continent following the Ebola crisis. One Ebola-hit country – Sierra Leone – pulled out of World Travel...

  • ‘European market is in need of cash boost’

    Tourism in Europe needs a funding increase to stem its declining share of world tourism, industry leaders said in London last week. Europe had a record 563.8 million international tourist arrivals last year, with tourism receipts totalling €368.5...

  • Malta’s link to Corfu

    Malta’s link to Corfu

    Corfu has a population of 120,000, with some 45,000 in Corfu Town, on the island’s east central side. The residents are largely Greek Orthodox but some 2,000 are Catholic, and of Maltese descent. The origins of this small community began in 1819,...

  • Experience rural bliss at a slower pace of life

    Experience rural bliss at a slower pace of life

    Taking up the slow travel theme, Helen Raine finds spending time outside the cities is a great way to explore a country without ticking off a ‘must-do’ list. In my former life as a manager for a holiday company, I used to put together packages for...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    For years I thought I had to fly all the way to Egypt, Malaysia or the Maldives to find the ultimate scuba diving experience. Little did I know that a true diver's paradise is just a few hours’ flight away from Berlin – in Malta. Calm waters,...

  • Nomad’s land

    Nomad’s land

    Mongolia’s beauty is its sheer remoteness and vastness. A population of three million lives in a country roughly the length of Europe from Rennes, France, to Kiev, Ukraine. Almost half the people live in the capital Ulaanbaatar, 25 per cent in...

  • Far more than walking in a winter wonderland

    Far more than walking in a winter wonderland

    Wanting to give her daughter a Christmas to remember, Fiona Vella booked a festive family holiday to the Arctic Circle to try out snowy sports and meet a famous character... We had always wished to spend Christmas in some foreign land to see how...

  • Widespread fear of virus hits east African tourism

    Widespread fear of virus hits east African tourism

    East Africa’s Serengeti and Maasai Mara safari parks are as far, if not further, from the Ebola outbreak in the west of the continent than much of Europe that supplies the tourists, but you’d hardly guess that from the slump in bookings. In...

  • Bans issued over Ebola

    The deadliest outbreak on record of the Ebola virus has prompted some countries to respond with travel bans, in a bid to contain it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended against any general ban on travel or trade with the West...

  • Airline served with award

    Airline served with award

    Dubai-based airline Emirates has won an award for its in-flight menu for the second year running. Saveur Magazine awarded it the gong in the first class and business class categories of its Culinary Travel Awards. The US culinary travel...

  • Brits are bad in the bedroom

    Britons have bad bedroom manners when staying in hotels, with people from Portsmouth among the worst behaved, according to a poll. Some also use false names when checking in, with five per cent using hotels to cheat on their partner, the survey by...

  • 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...

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