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  • Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Emirates is offering half-price return economy fares from Malta to Cyprus and Dubai for the next fortnight. Business and leisure passengers can save 50 per cent on flights to Larnaca and Dubai between tomorrow and September 15, on the condition...

  • Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Following friendly advice, Michel Rizzo is mesmerised by Lisbon’s ‘old Europe’ appeal and immediately gets the impression something great once happened there Lisbon, or Lisboa in Portuguese, had been on my ‘want to visit’ list for a long time,...

  • Scents in the city

    Scents in the city

    Cities, some more than others, have their own distinct odour. Veronica Stivala explores the pongs and shares some tips on how to enjoy ‘smell travel’. Anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh will recall the distinct smell of hops as you enter from...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    Ryanair has targeted corporate travellers by launching its version of ‘business class’ earlier this week. Benefits of the budget airline’s new Business Plus fares include the flexibility to change tickets on the day of travel, 20kg check-in bag...

  • Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice’s Saint Mark’s lagoon to protect Italy’s floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic, the government has said. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist...

  • Grand reopening

    Grand reopening

    Fireworks explode during the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino) just after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday. The property, owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate, reopened after a...

  • Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    The Dachau Volksfest is a miniature and possibly better version of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest, and beer, as Veronica Stivala finds out, is not the event’s sole attraction. Most people know that despite its name, Oktoberfest is held in Munich...

  • ‘Book’ a tour of London

    ‘Book’ a tour of London

    London is a great city to explore on foot, but as it is so large, choosing which area to see can be a challenge. Literature lovers could follow a Book Bench trail, a series of temporary installations in the British capital. Different artists...

  • An enlightening walk

    An enlightening walk

    Alison Bezzina shares the story of a young pilgrim who inspired a group of trekkers during their 120km journey along The Way of St James. Earlier this year, Jean Pierre Fenech, a 24-year-old man with Down Syndrome, walked 120km from Saria to the...

  • Ryanair and Paypal join forces

    Ryanair and Paypal join forces

    Ryanair has launched a partnership with online payments firm Paypal. Customers can now settle the cost of their flights using their Paypal account, giving an extra level of security rather than inputting their bank details. However, the budget...

  • Monarch to stop flights from EMA

    Monarch Airlines will cease flying from its base at East Midlands Airport, from where it currently operates twice-weekly flights to Malta, by the end of April 2015. The decision to close the base is part of a strategic review under the ...

  • The hurricanes that blew wolf

    The hurricanes that blew wolf

    Living in Hawaii is paradise most of the time for Helen Raine and her family – except for last week, when two hurricanes headed for the islands. The quiet before the storm is broken by the ominous sound of the neighbours’ drill. They are putting...

  • Falling for both sides of Iguazu

    Falling for both sides of Iguazu

    After enduring 35 hours on a bus ride across Argentina, Martin Seychell had high expectations for the waterfalls straddling its border with Brazil. At the start of my second South American tour, I told myself visiting the Iguazu Falls on the...

  • Shift leader gearing up for charity challenge

    Shift leader gearing up for charity challenge

    A member of staff at the Westin Dragonara Resort is cycling 355km in three days to raise funds and awareness of poverty in Somalia. Aaron Axisa, a front office shift leader, will be cycling through the French and Swiss Alps as part of Unicef’s...

  • Accessible entertainment

    Accessible entertainment

    Emirates has become the first airline to introduce audio description on films for visually impaired customers on its inflight entertainment system. Emirates’ ice (information, communication and entertainment) digital widescreen offers audio...

  • Air Malta flying to Djerba, Tunisia

    Air Malta in now flying twice-weekly services to Tunisia in reaction to increased demand due to the situation in Libya. Flights leave Malta at 2.55pm on Thursdays and 3.55pm on Sundays, arriving at Djerba Airport at the same time locally due to...

  • Getting a different Pisa the action

    Getting a different Pisa the action

    After a full day in Pisa I’d had my fill of staring at – spectacular as it is – the leaning tower that made it on the list of world wonders. My plan was to discover alternative attractions, preferably ones that involved a measure of culture and...

  • Controversy is par for the course at Trump’s resort

    Controversy is par for the course at Trump’s resort

    Just about everyone, including people who don’t care about golf, knows that American mogul Donald Trump, sometimes known as “The Donald” as if there were no other, owns a course in Scotland. But how many people know what it is like to play...

  • Dragonara, Lufthansa win awards

    Dragonara, Lufthansa win awards

    The Westin Dragonara was voted Malta’s Leading Resort 2014 at the World Travel Awards in Greece. General manager Michael C. Kamsky said: “We are delighted to have received this award which we achieved as a result of the hard work and dedication of...

  • Emirates A380 to Mumbai

    Emirates has its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai. One of the airline’s senior vice presidents Ahmed Khoory said: “Mumbai was one of our first destinations when we launched in 1985. “Now...

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