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  • Emirates pushes plane Wi-Fi

    Emirates pushes plane Wi-Fi

    Emirates now offers limited free Wi-Fi on 106 planes, with two to three more aircraft being installed with connectivity every month. After updating the service in early February, Emirates has seen uptake rise by another 25 per cent. On its ultra...

  • Travel dreams top ‘bucket list’

    Travel dreams top ‘bucket list’

    Tourist attractions are at the top of people’s ‘bucket list’ of things they would like to do in their lifetime, according to a survey. But with a typical list costing more than €187,000 to fulfil, it would take people 80 years to complete at the...

  • Smiling through gritted teeth for Chinese tourists

    Smiling through gritted teeth for Chinese tourists

    Drying underwear at a temple and defecating in public, kicking a bell at a sacred shrine and washing feet in a public restroom: that's some of a litany of complaints about the behaviour of Chinese tourists in Thailand. Public outrage forced the...

  • Outlook’s sunny for UK travel company

    Outlook’s sunny for UK travel company

    Tour operator Thomas Cook said holidaymakers were flocking to Cuba and Greece this year but added that prices remain under pressure. The 174-year-old firm, which organises package holidays to Malta, said UK winter holidays were 92 per cent sold –...

  • Waxing lyrical during Holy Week

    Waxing lyrical during Holy Week

    A girl holds a traditional ball of wax as she walks between penitents of La Lanzada brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain.

  • Destinations that satisfy your chocolate cravings

    Destinations that satisfy your chocolate cravings

    After 40 days of abstinence from a personal temptation, the end of Lent is often marked by indulging in vices. Malta may celebrate Easter with figolli, but Natalie Bowen has ideas for those with a preference for cocoa treats... Cadbury World,...

  • Riverside revamp

    Riverside revamp

    The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have deeply split...

  • Dreaming spires point to a college education

    Dreaming spires point to a college education

    You can’t think about Oxford without thinking about the university. It has almost 40 colleges, all dotted around the picturesque city. Cobbled streets, neatly mown lawns, cute cafes and beautiful architecture fill this great city and great bell...

  • All aboard to see the sights

    All aboard to see the sights

    Louis and Viorica Naudi spent a few days seeing Welsh heritage from above and below by photographing Snowdonia and former slate mines. Snowdonia National Park in north Wales is 823 square miles filled with purple-tipped mountains and forests. It’s...

  • Airbnb ‘wins bid for Rio Olympics rooms’

    Airbnb ‘wins bid for Rio Olympics rooms’

    Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc has won a bid to provide rooms for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as the city scrambles to accommodate visiting fans and athletes, a source with direct knowledge of the situation has told...

  • Big hotel chains aiming small to net millennials

    Big hotel chains aiming small to net millennials

    Driven by the demands of a new plugged-in generation seeking “authentic” travel experiences with a local feel, the world’s biggest hoteliers are moving into a new sector in Europe – the “lifestyle” boutique hotel. After years focused on baby...

  • Vienna ranked best in world for quality of living

    Vienna ranked best in world for quality of living

    Vienna has been named as the city with the best quality of living in the world while Dublin came in 34th place and London was ranked at number 40. The study, by Mercer, evaluated living conditions in more than 440 cities worldwide, including their...

  • Port of Valletta wins award

    Port of Valletta wins award

    For the fourth year in a row Valletta Cruise Port has been named as the Turnaround Port Operator by Cruise Insight. This award for performance in 2014 recognises the impeccable service delivered by the port and the continued development of its...

  • UK border passport check pledge ‘could hit tourism’

    UK border passport check pledge ‘could hit tourism’

    Britain’s trade and tourism could be undermined because of the bungled implementation of passport checks, a report has warned. Its government has pledged to introduce 100 per cent exit checks on passengers leaving the UK by early next month. But...

  • Exploring the sacred heart inside city of love

    Exploring the sacred heart inside city of love

    Chances are that you know more about Montmartre than you think. In fact, it is impossible to overestimate just how influential the Parisian arrondissement of Montmartre has been over the past 150 years in the worlds of art, popular culture and our...

  • Japan’s coastal city puts 2011 tsunami behind it

    Japan’s coastal city puts 2011 tsunami behind it

    For decades Miyako in northeastern Japan was a small coastal city, famed for the salmon that splashed upriver in the autumn and the succulent oysters gathered just offshore. Tourists came to fish, paddle kayaks in the bay and enjoy the scenic...

  • Keep trips in the family

    Keep trips in the family

    Helen Raine discovers the secret to travelling with relatives is to invite as many as possible to share the cost of a pad usually far out of your budget. Once there was just you, a backpack and perhaps your significant other of the moment. Now...

  • MSC Fantasia replaces planned Tunisia stops

    MSC Fantasia replaces planned Tunisia stops

    Hamilton Travel has announced a itinerary change for the MSC Fantasia, pictured above, which will be sailing to Malta between April and November 2015. Following the fatal attacks on tourists in Tunisia, last week, the cruise liner will now call at...

  • Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    I’m not good with heights. As I climb, I bury my head into my chest and concentrate on my footing. My ski boots dig into the rock, one foot after the other. With my skis slung over my shoulder I struggle, stumbling as I ascend the jagged slope. I...

  • Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Great War centenary commemorations, including the spectacular poppy display at the Tower of London, have helped boost the number of visits to UK tourist attractions. Visitor numbers were also swelled last year by the Commonwealth Games staged in...

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