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  • Alton Towers to remain closed

    Alton Towers will stay closed again tomorrow as it racks up losses potentially worth millions of pounds following a horrific roller coaster crash. Sixteen people were injured, four seriously, when two carriages on the Smiler ride collided at the...

  • Drones inspect Easyjet aircraft

    Easyjet has begun using automated drones to carry out safety inspections on its aircraft, the airline has announced. At an event at Milan’s Malpensa airport, the UK-based budget airline said a test inspection on an aircraft had been completed by...

  • Alton Towers shut until probe is over

    Alton Towers shut until probe is over

    Alton Towers will remain closed until the cause of a roller coaster crash which left 16 people injured is discovered, the theme park’s chief has said. The attraction’s gates are shut for a second day while the Health and Safety Executive looks...

  • Signal failures hit Tube services

    Tube travellers have endured badly disrupted journeys after signal failures affected four London Underground lines in the heart of the morning rush hour. A failed signal at Edgware Road in west London led to severe delays on the Circle and...

  • No decision on Alton Towers opening

    No decision on Alton Towers opening

    Alton Towers bosses have refused to put a time frame on the theme park reopening after 16 people were injured in a roller coaster crash. Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments which runs the Staffordshire attraction, said a...

  • Experience unexpected luxury in Mallorca

    Experience unexpected luxury in Mallorca

    As I walk along the promenade, it’s not just the backdrop of palaces and cathedrals that grabs my attention but a vast array of gleaming glamourous yachts lined up in the harbour. It’s the annual boat show in Palma this week, where beautiful...

  • Quality assured at restaurants’ awards evening

    Quality assured at restaurants’ awards evening

    The first edition of the Malta Tourism Authority Quality Assured Awards was recently held at Xara Lodge in the limits of Rabat. Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis and MTA CEO Paul Bugeja presented the winners of four categories with their...

  • There’s no such thing as a free transfer...

    Paris, Berlin or Lisbon... the price of the flight will often determine the destination of a city trip. However, savvy tourists should also remember that transfer costs can also have an impact on their travel budget. Idealo examined airport...

  • Three Queens perform spectacular river dance

    Three Queens perform spectacular river dance

    Thousands of people lined the shores of the Mersey to witness Cunard’s three flagship liners sail down the river framed by the magnificent Liverpool skyline. The Three Queens spectacle celebrated the famous shipping line’s formation 175 years ago...

  • London ‘losing its allure’ for long-haul visitors

    London has less appeal for long-haul travellers, according to a report. While long-haul travel to major European cities so far this year (January to April) is up 3.9 per cent, London is down 3.7 per cent, an analysis of bookings by travel-pattern...

  • Jet-setting children travel at earlier age

    Jet-setting children travel at earlier age

    Children are travelling far more widely, and earlier, than their parents did when they were young,a survey has shown. As many as 69 per cent of British parents said their children travelled overseas more often than they had at the same age, the...

  • Take a 9,000-year trip back in time

    Take a 9,000-year trip back in time

    Michael Roddy follows in film-makers’ footsteps to discover one of Unesco’s 2019 European Capitals of Culture, where locals still live in cave houses carved out of the limestone hillside... Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you...

  • Best place on the market

    Best place on the market

    Looking at a map of Vietnam, you will realise that the best way to see the country is starting in one half and making your way to the other, either north to south or vice versa. Besides mainland Vietnam, visitors can always extend their stay to...

  • Charity can begin far from home

    Charity can begin far from home

    University students Chiara Testone and Matthew Cassar tell Claire Caruana how their volunteering experience abroad left an indelible impression on them. Come June, most students will be eager to get their final exams out of the way and settle into...

  • Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    We touched horns and dedicated our deaths to St Olaf. It is good to get well and truly slaughtered now and then. Heroic, virile and unsoftened by luxurious living, the Norsemen pointed their storm-tossed sea ploughs down the great rivers of Russia...

  • Island hopping

    Island hopping

    What do you get when you mix a bit of France with exotic ingredients? A ticket to the fantasy islands of Guadeloupe, French Polynesia and Reunion Island. Mention the name of a place and our mental projector start whirring with images. It’s like a...

  • Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Thousands of people are expected to line the shores of the Mersey today as Cunard’s three flagship liners sail down the river framed by the magnificent Liverpool skyline. The Three Queens spectacle celebrates the famous shipping line’s formation...

  • Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Madrid welcomes me with an evening fiesta, the streets packed with singalong students as I land in the capital. It’s holiday time – not that the locals ever need an excuse to stay up late – and old men slumber on cafe terraces, their empty red...

  • Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    A Norwegian Cruise Line ship ran aground on a reef last week after leaving Bermuda but no one was injured and the vessel was later floated off at high tide, the company said. The Norwegian Dawn was on a week-long Boston to Bermuda cruise with...

  • Ash study aims to avoid air chaos

    New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, researchers have said. Scientists have studied ash grains recovered from recent and previous Icelandic eruptions to compare...

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