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  • Ryanair profits fall 8% in a year

    Ryanair profits fall 8% in a year

    Ryanair said customer service was improving “rapidly” as the budget airline looks to recover from its first drop in annual profits in five years. Post-tax profits were eight per cent lower at €523 million in the year to March 31, after a price war...

  • Heritage Malta sites win online approval

    Heritage Malta sites win online approval

    Seven Heritage Malta sites have received a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Trip­Advisor, the world’s largest travel site. Awards were given to the National War Museum, Ġgantija Temples, Ħaġar Qim Temples, Mnajdra Temples, Ħal Saflieni...

  • Not all good news about TripAdvisor

    Despite the accolades Trip­Advisor has given Maltese tourist attractions, Italy’s competition watchdog is looking into the influential holiday review website to see if it takes appropriate measures to avoid publishing fake opinions. The antitrust...

  • Four cities added to Air Malta sale

    Travellers heading to Athens, Prague, Budapest and Sofia can save 25 per cent off airfare in the expanded Air Malta summer sale. Travel to these four destinations needs to be between July 1 and September 30 this year and tickets must be bought...

  • Going nowhere fast

    Going nowhere fast

    Commuter Mira Hasancioglu interacts with a piece of 3D artwork at London’s Waterloo Station, representing UK landmarks, which has been created to launch the Travelodge Get Up and Go campaign. The hotel chain has commissioned a series of 3D...

  • Lufthansa retro touch to mark 30

    Lufthansa retro touch to mark 30

    Lufthansa marked the 30th anniversary of its Malta service in style, not only by sporting a vintage aircraft livery and cabin crew uniforms but also reporting a growth exceeding 30 per cent in 2013 and a bullish outlook for this year. “Lufthansa...

  • Playing through the midfield on World Cup tour

    Playing through the midfield on World Cup tour

    Continuing our three-part series on Brazil’s football stadium destinations, Stephen Bailey looks at four venues in the country’s centre and far north. Manaus From the banks of the river the trees begin. A blanket of rich greenery extends at every...

  • Lose the lovers’ locks

    Lose the lovers’ locks

    Travelling with your significant other is a great opportunity to ramp up romance, but grand plans can easily fall victim to cliché. Helen Raine discovers some more unusual pastimes for two to enjoy this summer. Paris, the capital of romance, has a...

  • De-stress in a luxury spa

    De-stress in a luxury spa

    Ananda in the Himalayas, Ananda, India A short drive from Rishikesh, and set overlooking the Ganges River, this spa will detox your mind and body by using the physical attribute of the Yoga, the medical power of Ayurveda and the spiritual element...

  • Don’t judge a boat by its size

    Don’t judge a boat by its size

    Earlier this year, Costa launched its slow cruise concept: a fleet of smaller ships that offer a more intimate experience of travel in an industry where bigger is usually considered to be better. Ray Bugeja gives it a try… When thinking about...

  • It’s a dog’s life

    It’s a dog’s life

    Four-legged friends no longer need to be left at home when their owners treat themselves to a break as a Maltese hotel has introduced a pet-friendly programme. Palace Pups at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa in Attard allows dogs, cats and other...

  • Labrador in your luggage

    Labrador in your luggage

    Would you love to go away but can’t bear to leave Fido home alone? Grab your pet’s passport as Helen Raine rounds up some dog-friendly breaks. Sicily Book a holiday and you’re in the dog house; literally. Villa Mariuccia is set up for dogs, with...

  • Visa processing at Libyan hotel

    A four-star hotel in the heart of Tripoli’s business district has offered free Libyan entry visa processing to Maltese clients who book stays of three nights or longer online. Awal Hotel was among the Libyan and Tunisian companies taking part in a...

  • Royal tour inspires Brit trips

    Royal tour inspires Brit trips

    The Down Under tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has sparked a booking bonanza by Britons wanting breaks in Australia. There has been a 120 per cent increase in booking enquiries since the tour by the royal couple and their son Prince...

  • More flights to Seychelles

    More flights to Seychelles

    Twice-daily flights to the Seychelles will be launched this autumn as Emirates steps up its operations to the winter sun hotspot. An extra two flights from the airline’s base in Dubai brings its total scheduled service to 14 per week from October...

  • Airline’s on the ball

    Airline’s on the ball

    Eight Lufthansa planes have got football fever with new livery displaying the ‘Fanhansa’ logo. The airline’s first fuselage name change in almost 60 years of operations was shown to the world on Friday, when the first Fanhansa Airbus flew from...

  • Kick off a sporting tour as the World Cup looms

    Kick off a sporting tour as the World Cup looms

    Forget negative stories about unfinished stadiums, Brazil’s national psyche is bathed in football. In this three-part series, Stephen Bailey takes a look at its World Cup destinations, starting with Rio and the southern venues. Rio de...

  • Save 25% with Air Malta sale

    Save 25% with Air Malta sale

    Malta’s national airline has cut 25 per cent off the cost of flights on selected routes in its summer sale. Tickets must be bought before May 25 from www.airmalta.com and the discount applies to travel between July and September 2014. The offer is...

  • Raise a teacup at Lord’s

    Raise a teacup at Lord’s

    Being watched while you eat is very unsettling. Especially if it’s by a late Australian war hero and two dead, dour Yorkshiremen. Crumpets smothered in honey from the royal parks at Piccadilly’s Athenaeum Club? Chocolate éclairs at the Savoy?...

  • Star-struck by Cannes

    Star-struck by Cannes

    Before the world’s movie and media stars flock to Cannes for its film festival on Wednesday, Alexandria Sage shares tips for getting the most out of the swanky French Riviera spot. Sun, celebrities and a world-renowned film festival have made...

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