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  • Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    A sharp drop in Russian visitors is sending an icy chill through Alpine ski resorts that have previously profited from free-spending eastern tourists. Moscow’s standoff with the West over Ukraine and a weakening economy, which has seen the rouble...

  • Bizarre queries for hotel workers

    Can I borrow your socks, is the beach new or old and is Brighton where the tunnel to France starts? are just some of the odd questions customers have asked hotel staff. More unusual requests by people staying at Brighton’s two Travelodge hotels...

  • German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    Hidden away in a forest near Berlin lies a huge, abandoned Cold War-era bunker, built to withstand a nuclear attack, which enthusiasts hope can become a new magnet for tourists visiting former East Germany. The 7,750-square-metre, three-storey...

  • Thailand prepared for heavy tourist dip

    Thailand expects to receive around 25 million tourists this year, down a million on 2013, the government said last week, thanks in part to months of street protests in the capital that ended with a coup. Two unsolved murders of two young British...

  • Living the simple life

    Living the simple life

    Pokhara is one of the main tourist hot spots in Nepal. Budget travellers and more upscale visitors gather before and after treks and adventures to soak up the sun, relax by the lake and plan their next trip. Joined by my three best friends...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    I found Malta seeping history from every balcony, palace and decadent building, with Valletta being the treasure trove of the island’s vast history and rich cultural legacy. While going there is to see the melting pot of cultures shaped by the...

  • Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    As an EU national, you generally have the right to work for an employer or as a self-employed person in any EU country without a work permit. Some restrictions are in place for Croatian citizens in some countries, and for some EU citizens in...

  • Sax and the City

    Sax and the City

    Dinant on the Meuse river in Belgium is the place for sax maniacs looking for a weekend break. It’s the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. La Maison de Monsieur Sax on Rue Sax is an “interpretative centre” offering an...

  • Meeting the Aboriginals

    Meeting the Aboriginals

    Stephen Bailey joins a Queensland ‘mob’ to hunt crab for his dinner in a mangrove, have a go at traditional art and get better appreciation of Uluru. “Keep stabbing the holes,” my Aboriginal guide shouts through the mangroves, unimpressed by my...

  • A fair choice for Malta’s cruisers

    A fair choice for Malta’s cruisers

    Two cruise fairs are being held in close succession, giving potential passengers the perfect opportunity to research and book trips for next year. The Cruise Fair, held at Magazino Cruise Terminal at the Valletta Waterfront, ends today after...

  • Bittersweet end to holiday pals

    Bittersweet end to holiday pals

    Holiday friendships rarely last beyond the end of the trip, according to a survey of UK travellers. Some on a break even give fake phone numbers to avoid being pestered by their new-found friends once back home, the poll by Hotels.com found. Of...

  • Winter brochure full of inspiration

    Flyaway Tours has launched its brochure for winter 2014-15, offering mini breaks and packages to escape Malta’s chilly season. The company, ­which specialises in exhilarating vacations, has many mountain resorts available or can help customers...

  • Grand Harbour suits Diadema

    Grand Harbour suits Diadema

    Eight Maltese ‘knights’ waving colourful flags, a drummer, trumpeter and a ‘Grand Master’ bid farewell to Costa Cruises’s newest ship after it paid a brief visit to Malta on its vernissage voyage. The Diadema – nicknamed the Queen of the...

  • 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...

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