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  • Russians learn to smile for Olympics

    It may not come naturally to all Russians and, in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, Sochi hotel managers are getting crash courses in how to smile. In line with President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to show Russia’s modern face at the $50-billion...

  • Make the most of Sochi

    The main roads and boulevards of Sochi have been plastered over with Olympic Games posters, slogans in Cyrillic and billboards welcoming sports fans to the Russian Black Sea resort. But for most visitors, the real Sochi will be what they find when...

  • In St Paul’s footsteps

    This year the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck (February 10) falls on a Monday – with a long weekend in store. Syracuse offers a fitting getaway – it was St Paul’s first stop on his departure from Malta, commemorated to this day by a beautiful statue...

  • Historic tourism splits Holy Land

    On an ancient hill dotted with 1,000-year-old olive trees, Israelis are busy excavating in search of the first palace of King David in the heart of the West Bank. The Jewish settlers who started the dig with the help of Israel’s Antiquities...

  • The art of running away

    Whoever said you can’t run away from your problems, clearly did not know where to run to. Whether you are a die-hard romantic, or heart-dead cynic, Veronica Stivala thinks getting away is a good idea and has three suggestions for what you can...

  • Tea with a tribal chief in al-Qaeda territory

    Wearing a shalwar kameez and a nervous smile, Stephen Bailey visits Peshawar with a tour company that specialises in places most Westerners run away from. There’s something about the title tribal chief that evokes images of grey beards,...

  • Brits spend over €12 billion on holidays in January alone

    Brits desperate to escape the rainy weather have spent more than £10 billion (€12.12 billion) on holidays already this year, a new study has revealed. Research has tracked the spending habits of people desperate to escape the dark and cold winter...

  • Emirates signs Zambia deal 

    Emirates and Proflight Zambia have signed an interline agreement that will make it easier for international passengers to reach domestic destinations throughout Zambia. Popular Zambian attractions such as the Victoria Falls – one of the Seven...

  • Pint-sized Dublin

    Fitting the great city of Dublin into a short weekend was never going to be an easy task, especially since you have to ask the locals to repeat every sentence twice or three times to make sure you’ve understood the amazing accent. As far as...

  • Tea house trekking in the Himalayas

    From the window of an alpine plane I watch the Himalayas rise to attention, the succession of peaks stretching beyond the horizon. Beneath me is a white blanket, occasionally punctuated by a dominant peak rising like an unruly bully. To the east...

  • All eyes on Rio in 2014

    Sun and samba capital Rio de Janeiro has been named the top city to visit in 2014 by Rough Guide, a world renowned guidebook publisher. All eyes will be on Rio this summer as Brazil is set to host the Fifa World Cup. And away from the samba and...

  • Air Malta to restart Algiers route

    Air Malta has announced it will restart its flights to Algiers on March 19 following the encouraging results of last summer’s venture to the Algerian capital. Flights will follow a twice-weekly schedule, on Mondays and Thursdays, throughout...

  • When is the best time to book?

    A study by travel comparison website Skyscanner.net has found almost 80 per cent would not know at first glance if a fare offered good value for money. While many may believe the cheapest fares for summer destinations are offered in January,...

  • Delays mean airport to welcome fans in a tent

    Brazil promised the world it would roll out the red carpet at 21st century airports for this year’s World Cup, but soccer fans landing in Fortaleza, which will host six matches including a quarter final, will instead be shepherded through a...

  • Swiss skiing lifted by luxury

    Prospects are bright for Switzerland’s winter tourism industry, which is pinning its hopes on a slew of new luxury developments and bigger, better ski resorts to get back to growth. Aside from skiing, Switzerland has long been a prized winter...

  • Dorset B&B is ‘world’s best’

    A B&B in a Dorset village has been named the best in the world in the Trip Advisor awards. Bindon Bottom, an £85-per-night (€104) five-room guest house by Lulworth Cove, scooped top spot in the B&B category of the 2014 Travellers’ Choice...

  • Easyjet picks up business gong

    Easyjet picked up the Best Short-Haul Airline Award at the 2014 Business Travel Awards last week. Ruth Spratt, head of sales UK for Easyjet, collected the award on behalf of the airline. Commenting on the win, she said: “We are particularly...

  • Four new summer Lufthansa routes

    Lufthansa is set to further expand its offer to America during summer 2014 and also to increase its dense European network by adding daily flights to Valencia. Starting on April 3, Lufthansa will operate flights from Munich to Mexico City five...

  • Go east for backpacker bargains

    The best bargains for backpackers are still found in the east, according to the 2014 Europe Backpacker Index. Now in its fourth full year, the Europe Backpacker Index found that cities such as Krakow, Budapest and Prague were still far cheaper...

  • Star sign holidays for travellers

    Worldhotels, a global group for independent upscale hotels, has launched its annual Hotel Horoscope 2014. The compilation reveals recommendations for each star sign among the group’s portfolio of 500 hotels worldwide. Aries (March 21-April 20):...

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