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  • Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Great War centenary commemorations, including the spectacular poppy display at the Tower of London, have helped boost the number of visits to UK tourist attractions. Visitor numbers were also swelled last year by the Commonwealth Games staged in...

  • Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    The Eden Leisure Group has signed a 10-year contract with InterContinental Hotel Group to open a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Malta. The group is demolishing the former Giorgianis Hostel in Paceville, St Julian’s, to make space for the 100-room,...

  • MTA lures in sports tourists

    Malta Tourism Authority’s sports segment unit has promoted the Maltese islands as an ideal sports tourism destination at a number of international travel fairs. These included The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, which is the UK’s...

  • Unicycling round the world

    Unicycling round the world

    A man who aims to be the first person to unicycle around the world was only able to clock up seven miles on his first day – due to his egg sandwiches. Ed Pratt, 19, headed to the start line of his 18,000-mile tour in Chilthorne Domer, Somerset,...

  • Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates’ tour operating arm is relaunching in Malta and has appointed ROCS Travel as its preferred sales agent ROCS Travel is opening a dedicated Emirates Holidays store in St Anne Street, Floriana, to cater to travel trade and direct customers,...

  • Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt is tightening rules for visas by requiring individual visitors to obtain them at embassies instead of on arrival at Egyptian airports, the Foreign Ministry has said, a move that may make it harder to revive the tourism industry. Security...

  • Students at Berlin travel fair

    Students at Berlin travel fair

    Twenty-six students from the University of Malta’s Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture visited ITB, the world travel and tourism fair in Berlin earlier this month. They also participated in the World Travel and Tourism Congress held in...

  • Museum bans selfie sticks

    Millions of museum visitors in the US capital will no longer be able to take pictures of themselves in front of a T-Rex dinosaur using a camera mounted on a rod. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has banned the use of so-called selfie...

  • A Knight to remember

    A Knight to remember

    There is an atmosphere to Thornbury. It is hard to pin down, until the staff explain. It’s a combination of boiled-up molehills, mashed conkers, gin and brown ale. A former staff member, who enjoyed upholstery and respected history, used to make...

  • Holiday home is your castle

    Holiday home is your castle

    If Thornbury is not to your taste but you still fancy living like royalty ­– if only for a week – Veronica Stivala picks her five favourite palatial hotels. Parador de Oropesa, Oropesa, Spain The Parador Museo de Oropesa dates back to the 14th...

  • On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    In a prospering port city that attracts tourists with a Baltic location and nightlife, Pawel Lapinski discovers there are still a few traces of its past. Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a...

  • Discovering the real art of a new culture

    Discovering the real art of a new culture

    China’s art sector is probably one of the most dynamic in the world today, since Chinese artists are constantly reimagining the boundaries of art as they question their country’s role in the world. These artistic works can be viewed in several...

  • York tops list of safest city trips

    York tops list of safest city trips

    Short-break tourists see York as the world's safest city, with Cairo the most risky, according to a poll. Of 42 world towns, Bath, Edinburgh and Brighton were also considered particularly safe, while Bangkok, Istanbul and Marrakech were, after...

  • Queen names Britannia

    Queen names Britannia

    Red, white and blue tickertape rained down on royals and commoners alike last week as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II officially named P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia. Dressed in a Stewart Parvin peach-and-white tweed wool dress and matching coat,...

  • Ryanair plans flights to Spanish ‘ghost’ airport

    Ryanair plans flights to Spanish ‘ghost’ airport

    Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it will start flights in September between Castellon airport in Spain and Britain in the first regular commercial flights to operate from the ‘ghost’ airport since it opened in 2011. Castellon airport, on...

  • Flyaway ditches ‘Tours’ in complete rebrand

    Package holiday operator Flyaway Tours has a new look, logo and name, rebranding itself simply as Flyaway. The company, which specialises in exhilarating mini-breaks, is upgrading its image after more than 30 years in the travel business. A new,...

  • Emirates knocks up to 30% off fare costs

    Emirates knocks up to 30% off fare costs

    Travellers from Malta have until Thursday to take advantage of discounted standard business and economy class fares with Emirates. The Dubai-based airline is offering up to 30 per cent off tickets to 72 destinations across the Far East, Africa,...

  • Unesco helps save ancient valley from modern doom

    Unesco helps save ancient valley from modern doom

    Battir is the name of a very green and deep valley between Jerusalem and Bethlehem and the name of the village that is testimony to the history of this much-divided area. This is the greenest valley, thanks to the abundant availability of...

  • ‘King of wines’ aims to reclaim former glories

    ‘King of wines’ aims to reclaim former glories

    Dubbed the “king of wines, the wine of kings” by Louis XV of France, Hungary’s Tokaji wine is undergoing a makeover as the region hopes to regain fame lost in decades of mismanagement. Known for its exquisite sweet tipple, the eastern Hungarian...

  • Welcome to the Witchery

    Welcome to the Witchery

    Its rooms have been described as a cross between a bordello and an explosion in a tartan factory. The Witchery is also said to be haunted by a woman who was burned at the stake for witchcraft years ago. I didn’t see or smell her and the fire alarm...

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