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  • 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...

  • Passengers turn ‘pilot’ at Emirates attraction

    Passengers turn ‘pilot’ at Emirates attraction

    Visitors to The Dubai Mall can now find out what piloting a plane is really like, thanks to Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, has launched the newest Emirates store...

  • World Cup boosts tourism

    World Cup boosts tourism

    Brazil’s tourism sector will enjoy a significant boost during the FIFA 2014 World Cup year according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, which has unveiled its Economic Impact 2014 report for the country. WTTC is the global authority on the...

  • Briton deported for her Buddha tattoo

    Briton deported for her Buddha tattoo

    Sri Lanka has deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island’s main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is...

  • Two-thirds book holidays while at work

    Nearly two-thirds of workers book their holidays while in the office, according to UK research. Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the 1,000 people polled researched their holiday options at work, while 63 per cent booked a break in the...

  • Eurostar sees its profits rise

    Eurostar sees its profits rise

    A surge in business travellers has helped Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar record increased sales in the first part of the year. Sales revenue from January to March reached £227 million (€276 million) – a seven per cent increase on...

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