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  • Medical tourism ‘helps Thais cope with MERS’

    Medical tourism ‘helps Thais cope with MERS’

    Thailand’s status as a hub for medical tourism could be helping it contain the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), government and health officials said, after confirming its first case of the deadly virus more than a week...

  • Three ships for Virgin Cruises

    Three ships for Virgin Cruises

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference last week. “It’s no secret I’ve dreamed of...

  • Greek debt worries are not hitting its visitors

    Tourists exploring the antique sites of Athens last week said they weren’t sufficiently worried about Greece’s debt crisis to stock up on extra money, despite warnings by some travel groups that bank dispensing machines could shut. But the bumpy...

  • TripAdvisor rewards excellence on island

    TripAdvisor rewards excellence on island

    Maltese destinations are continuing to fare well on travel review website TripAdvisor, with two more receiving Certificates of Excellence. The Waterfront Hotel in Sliema has been rewarded for the third year in a row for outstanding standards in...

  • Emerald Isle’s on track to welcome record numbers of tourists in 2015

    Emerald Isle’s on track to welcome record numbers of tourists in 2015

    Ireland is on course to attract more tourists this year than ever before, the country’s tourism minister said last week, as the European Union’s fastest-growing economy reaps the benefit of a weakening euro. Older industries such as tourism and...

  • Going out with sky fishermen in hope of catching sea parrots

    Going out with sky fishermen in hope of catching sea parrots

    “Auks at two o’clock!” “Incoming sea parrots!” They came in us from out of the sun. The flypast was one black and white blur. The wind howled and made us wobble on the clifftop above the crashing sea. “Flying friars at three o’clock!” shouted...

  • Why not tour it yourself?

    Why not tour it yourself?

    If you’re fed up of having to constantly catch up with a travel guide while on holiday, Veronica Stivala shares her experience of exploring alone... How many of us have travelled to a place we had never visited before and decided that the easiest...

  • Diyarbakir’s black walls contain many tensions

    Diyarbakir’s black walls contain many tensions

    The city of Diyarbakir is at the far east of Turkey, further away by air from Istanbul than Istanbul is from Malta. It was on the frontier of the Roman Empire and Rome built the first massive walls of the city. Diyarbakir is the capital of the...

  • Check in to comfort

    Check in to comfort

    From loud announcements and cramped seats to nothing to watch on the tiny screen, flights can be uncomfortable. Here is how to find the short way to long-haul relaxation. It’s that time of year again. After weeks of planning, budgeting and trying...

  • Home and away

    Home and away

    Holidays are all about the sights, the sounds and the food: a spread of tapas at midnight in Madrid, a romantic stroll along the Pont Neuf in Paris, holding your loved one’s hand, and a whizz on a Vespa along the streets of Rome – against the...

  • 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...

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