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  • 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...

  • Everest ascents are cancelled after avalanche

    Everest ascents are cancelled after avalanche

    Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest earlier this week following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the...

  • Better get on your bike!

    Better get on your bike!

    Twenty years since she last rode a bicycle, Nicky Getley bravely hops on two wheels to explore the Dutch capital Amsterdam, where cyclists rule, OK? Amsterdam is quirky, bohemian, charming, interesting, entertaining and tolerant, home to around...

  • All the world’s a stage in the Bard’s masterpieces

    All the world’s a stage in the Bard’s masterpieces

    England’s greatest playwright’s 450th birthday was on Wednesday, but William Shakespeare let his imagination roam as widely as his characters. Macbeth – Scotland “Something wicked this way comes.” The oft-quoted words of the three witches before...

  • Facing up to travel fears

    Facing up to travel fears

    Travelling may seem an adventure, a luxury, a hassle or a necessity, but for some it is a frightening experience – although perhaps not for the reasons you might expect. Website JoGuru gives a synopsis of four unusual phobias. Hodophobia (fear...

  • Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    As morning mist rolls away, Stephen Bailey tries to look in every direction at once while on a safari trip in East Africa – but can he outstare a hungry lion? In the early morning mist, Ngorongoro looks magical, clouds dancing inside the stark...

  • Movie magic

    Movie magic

    Ever heard of Savoca? Virtu Ferry will give your brain a nudge with its new trip, The Godfather Excursion. This experience combines the affluence of Toarmina with Savoca, a typical Sicilian hilltop hamlet made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s The...

  • UK tour operators drop

    The number of British travel companies and tour operators that have closed down has risen by 45 per cent over the past year, figures have shown. As many as 77 travel agencies and tour operators went insolvent in the 12 months to March 2014,...

  • Germans share travel stresses

    Germans bagging the best spots on the beach and around the pool is a particular aggravation for Britons on holiday. But now it can be revealed that the Germans do not like the British while on a break, either. In fact, the Germans appear not to be...

  • Hotel’s proud of top student

    Hotel’s proud of top student

    The Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa’s group and events manager, Kami Scerri, recently won Best Food and Beverage Student and Best Sommelier Student at an Institute of Tourism event. The ITS Diploma in Events Management graduate was singled out for...

  • Costa Cruises kicks off its World Cup celebrations

    Costa Cruises kicks off its World Cup celebrations

    Football fans need not miss a moment of the 2014 World Cup, even if they are cruising around the world, as Costa Cruises is offering coverage of every game. As supporters cheer on their teams in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, guests on board...

  • Muppets pull airline’s strings

    Muppets pull airline’s strings

    Lufthansa passengers will be treated to a Muppets-based gift as the airline and Disney start a new round of their campaign to promote the German premiere of Muppets Most Wanted. Under the slogan ‘Join the Muppets. With Lufthansa’, employees of the...

  • Air Malta marks a code-share launch

    Air Malta marks a code-share launch

    Last week, Air Malta and Air France celebrated an inaugural flight, following their code-share agree­ment, with a ribbon-cutting event at Malta International Airport. The agreement sees Air France placing its code and flight numbers on flights...

  • Working up a sweat in San Diego

    Working up a sweat in San Diego

    Summer is an opportunity to relax in the sun, but in fitness-crazy southern California, you are more likely to see people pounding the pavement than lounging on the beach, as Mary Milliken and Mike Blake find out. This might just be the easiest...

  • Those with glass churches throw flowers, not stones

    Those with glass churches throw flowers, not stones

    Crossing the street on the isle of Jersey in midsummer is a risky business, though thankfully injuries can be more floral than fatal. Bedding plants can inflict some nasty injuries if you don’t look left, then right, and left again to make sure a...

  • Petal power

    Petal power

    Cherry blossom season lures thousands of visitors to Japan each spring, but Helen Raine explains there’s still time to catch this beautiful phenomenon. Every year in Japan, a phenomenon sweeps the country. Cherry blossoms explode out of the long,...

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