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  • Malta tops global list for focus on tourism

    Malta tops global list for focus on tourism

    Malta prioritises travel and tourism more than any other economy in the world, according to an international study.. On overall travel and tourism (T&T) competitiveness, Malta finished 40th in a 141-nation table compiled by the Geneva-based World...

  • Ryanair sale after route to Rome is launched

    Budget airline Ryanair is holding a sale on airfares to mark its new route from Malta to Rome this winter. The new route, announced last week, will bring the number of services Ryanair operates out of Luqa airport to 22. Planes will fly between...

  • Saga adds four river itineraries

    Saga has added four European river cruises to its 2016 programme. There are two new cruises on the Rex Rheni ship: the Treasures of Medieval Flanders and From Flanders to the Rhineland. And Filia Rheni II will set off from Budapest to explore the...

  • Canal boat ride ‘mesmerises’ TV viewers

    Canal boat ride ‘mesmerises’ TV viewers

    A two-hour BBC show featuring nothing more than a journey down a canal in southern England has proved an unlikely hit with viewers. All Aboard! The Canal Trip was filmed in real time and contained no commentary, music or presenter and nothing more...

  • Headset upgrade across Emirates’ economy class

    Headset upgrade across Emirates’ economy class

    Redesigned headphones with better sound quality, comfort and blocking of cabin noise for economy class travellers will be available across most of Emirates’ fleet by the end of next month. The airline is focusing on its A380 aircraft first, with...

  • Awards for Middle East’s best brands

    Awards for Middle East’s best brands

    Etihad Airways has retained its title as the Middle East’s leading airline for the ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards. The United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier was recognised during a red carpet ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort...

  • Ryanair carries 91.8 million in past 12 months

    Ryanair carries 91.8 million in past 12 months

    Ryanair carried nine million passengers last month ­– a 16 per cent increase on its total for April 2014. The Irish low-fare carrier handled 91.8 million passengers in the 12 months ending last month, which is a 12 per cent rise on the figure for...

  • Mt Everest ‘isn’t officially closed’ following quake

    Mt Everest ‘isn’t officially closed’ following quake

    Mount Everest remains open to climbers, a senior official at Nepal’s tourism department said last week, despite avalanches after last month’s devastating earthquake destroyed much of the established route to the summit of the world’s highest...

  • Mandela house opens to public

    Mandela house opens to public

    Just a few hours’ drive north of Johannesburg, in a vast landscape of pristine African bushveld, is Shambala Private Game Reserve. There, amid the quiet and peace, is a place for contemplation and inner reflection. A place that personifies the...

  • Artsy vibe gives a lift to Tampa’sslow image

    Artsy vibe gives a lift to Tampa’sslow image

    Sunshine and more than 57 kilometres of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your...

  • Minack’s performances are always cliffhangers

    Minack’s performances are always cliffhangers

    Outdoor theatre is an exciting way to watch a play, but David Walding advises visitors to this west Cornwall venue to take along some soup... Togas billowed. Wind whistled up canvas loincloths and howled under a few gladiatorial greaves. The camp...

  • Caring while in captivity

    Caring while in captivity

    Zoos allow visitors to see exotic species, but their existence is controversial. Helen Raine looks at four that juggle conservation with ethical tourism. Many of us were put off visiting zoos as children, after seeing too many bare, concrete cages...

  • Sounding out the best of island’s life

    Sounding out the best of island’s life

    The first thing to strike us walking out of Larnaca Airport on a misty Monday evening was the smell, the smell of fresh air, trees, plants and flowers. You just have to take in a deep breath and instantly feel relaxed. Around 30 minutes later, we...

  • Hotels cash in on Mayweather/Pacquiao fight

    Hotels cash in on Mayweather/Pacquiao fight

    Hotels across the US desert city of Las Vegas hiked up their room rates as thousands of fans flooded in for last night’s hugely anticipated boxing match between American Floyd Mayweather Jr and Filipino Manny Pacquiao. The BBC had reported that...

  • Nepal ‘will take years to recover’

    Nepal ‘will take years to recover’

    Nepal will be dependent on foreign aid for years as it begins a slow recovery from the devastating earthquake that could last a decade, a disaster expert has said. Andrew Lee, a lecturer with the University of Sheffield inBritain, who has...

  • Dead fish cause stink all across the Broads

    Dead fish cause stink all across the Broads

    With their pretty villages and miles of waterways, the Norfolk Broads in Britain attract a million tourists each year, but there are fears the smell of dead fish could be getting up visitors’ noses. While recent temperatures topping 20˚C (68˚F)...

  • Emirates sponsors series on wildlife

    Emirates sponsors series on wildlife

    Emirates airline has signed up to sponsor a three-part documentary series featuring the United Arab Emirates’ rich biodiversity. The Last Wilderness of the UAE will focus on the ecosystems of the mountains, wadis, deserts and seas. It will provide...

  • Tips for hire car drivers

    Tips for hire car drivers

    Hiring a car while travelling abroad this year? It can be a stressful experience. As well as needing to adjust to unusual road habits, drivers need to make sure they know local law and familiarise themselves with the workings of their temporary...

  • Riding the crest of a wave with no one to share it

    Riding the crest of a wave with no one to share it

    Eager to learn the techniques of surfing, but wishing to avoid the mockery of the ultra-cool elite, Stephen Bailey heads to the isolated shores of West Africa. On Ghana’s West Coast, the waves curl like a magician’s fingers. Atlantic Ocean rollers...

  • Buying, selling and eatingfugu is real fishy business

    Buying, selling and eatingfugu is real fishy business

    Under the lights of the waterfront warehouse, tails twitched and bodies arched and writhed in death throes. The clock overhead showed it was 3.15am. The floor was awash with seawater. Yanagawa moved down a line of 20 boxes, each containing about...

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