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  • On the catwalk

    On the catwalk

    When a full-grown Amur tiger peers down on US tourists just a few feet below, it’s a new experience for cats and humans alike. Philadelphia Zoo has unveiled an exhibit that allows its large cats to walk along enclosed, overhead trails that span...

  • Egypt aiming to bring back tourists

    Egypt aiming to bring back tourists

    Egypt’s tourism minister has announced ambitious plans to try to revive the sector, in distress after years of political turbulence. Government data showed last month that tourism revenue dropped 43 per cent to $1.3 billion (€935 million) in the...

  • EasyJet’s new drone inspectors for planes

    Low-fare airline easyJet will use unmanned flying drones to inspect its fleet of Airbus aircraft. It hopes to introduce the machines as early as next year following trials in the next few months. The drones will be programmed to scan and assess...

  • Going back on the rails

    Going back on the rails

    They were once the pride of Britain’s mighty rail network – and the public has the chance to take control of a fleet of vintage trains. Rail enthusiasts have been given the opportunity to drive four historic locomotives that are returning to the...

  • Three ‘Queens’ help set Lisbon’s cruising record

    Three ‘Queens’ help set Lisbon’s cruising record

    A record 13,000 passengers disembarked on Tuesday in the port of Lisbon from the towering hulls of cruise ships, including Cunard Line’s gigantic trio of ‘Queens’ making a rare joint stopover in a nod to the destination’s growing...

  • Air Malta check-in set to be upgraded

    Air Malta check-in set to be upgraded

    Air Malta passengers may experience some inconvenience this weekend as the airline upgrades its online and mobile check-in facilities. Due to this upgrade, which started at 9pm last night and finishes at noon today, all passengers booked to travel...

  • More weird and wonderful worldwide festivals

    More weird and wonderful worldwide festivals

    From multicoloured sheep and nearly-dead people sitting in coffins, to full-bodypaint and matchmaking dances, in her second festival focus Veronica Stivala takes notes on some of the most unusual events being held this summer. Paint me...

  • Serving up France on a page is chef’s speciality

    Serving up France on a page is chef’s speciality

    When Alexander Lobrano looks at a map of France, menus and markets immediately spring to mind. It is a fitting Pavlovian response for this food and travel writer whose latest book, Hungry for France, (Rizzoli) introduces a new generation of young...

  • Fancy a pool with a view?

    Fancy a pool with a view?

    One of my favourite travel memories is of a hotel pool. It was perfectly circular and surrounded by trailing bougainvillea in the grounds of an old Indian palace. Flowers dropped their petals on to the tiles as I slipped into the water at...

  • Set foot on Burma’s path to redemption

    Set foot on Burma’s path to redemption

    After decades of human rights abuses by government, the south-east Asian country of Myanmar has slowly improved and opened up to tourism. Helen Raine looks at how to make a tight budget last for a month out there. Myanmar (Burma) is a relatively...

  • Low-cost African air travel takes off

    A phone call from budget airline pioneer Stelios Haji-Ioannou, a little internet research and fewer than three years later, Fastjet has targeted €360 million in annual revenue from a 24-aircraft business across eastern and southern Africa by...

  • Murray’s venue wins hotel of year

    Murray’s venue wins hotel of year

    Tennis star Andy Murray’s luxury hotel has been named Scottish hotel of the year, just weeks after it opened its doors to guests. The Wimbledon champion bought Cromlix, three miles from his home town of Dunblane in central Scotland, in February...

  • Everest tragedy ‘changed climbing in Nepal forever’

    Everest tragedy ‘changed climbing in Nepal forever’

    Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 Sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.” Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however,...

  • Cycling tour over hill and dale this summer

    Cycling tour over hill and dale this summer

    Cycling fans will be glued to their TV screens when the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire in two months’ time, but Dave Higgens thinks the British county’s scenery may be more eye-catching than the competitors. When the Tour de France goes to...

  • Taking the Pope for a ride in the Merc, Seat, Ford...

    Taking the Pope for a ride in the Merc, Seat, Ford...

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI liked his Mercs, BMWs and air-conditioned M-class limousines. Pope Francis has slightly simpler tastes and more street cred: he has his own Ford Focus and his favoured mode of transport is now a battered, white 1984...

  • Is the travel agent dead?

    Is the travel agent dead?

    As more people go online to book their holidays, traditional travel agents are being hit hard. Veronica Stivala asks if the profession’s days are numbered. With the relative cheapness and flexibility of booking travel online, travel agents have...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    A tourist jumps inside an upside-down house at Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District, south of Shanghai. It was built as a tourist attraction using everyday household items and furniture. (Reuters) Lufthansa charges for seats German airline...

  • Mud, gold and the perfect massage

    Mud, gold and the perfect massage

    Although Turkey has made global headlines for its political conflicts over the past few months, Natalie Bowen avoids the demonstrations and seeks out some unusual forms of pampering on the country’s southwest coast. Being covered in thick,...

  • Vienna flights won at Amitex

    Vienna flights won at Amitex

    Belgium expat and Malta resident Betty Van de Maele has won two free return flights to Vienna. She beat some 300 participants in a competition held during Amitex 2014. The tickets are in economy class and sponsored by flyNIKI, a group member of...

  • Be charmed by Marzamemi fishing village

    Be charmed by Marzamemi fishing village

    One of the contenders for Sicily’s quaintest fishing village is Marzamemi, which is full of bright blue doors and windows, potted red geraniums and multi-coloured wooden boats. The colourful, one-storey houses are interrupted by the tonnara – the...

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