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  • Big hotel chains aiming small to net millennials

    Big hotel chains aiming small to net millennials

    Driven by the demands of a new plugged-in generation seeking “authentic” travel experiences with a local feel, the world’s biggest hoteliers are moving into a new sector in Europe – the “lifestyle” boutique hotel. After years focused on baby...

  • Vienna ranked best in world for quality of living

    Vienna ranked best in world for quality of living

    Vienna has been named as the city with the best quality of living in the world while Dublin came in 34th place and London was ranked at number 40. The study, by Mercer, evaluated living conditions in more than 440 cities worldwide, including their...

  • Port of Valletta wins award

    Port of Valletta wins award

    For the fourth year in a row Valletta Cruise Port has been named as the Turnaround Port Operator by Cruise Insight. This award for performance in 2014 recognises the impeccable service delivered by the port and the continued development of its...

  • UK border passport check pledge ‘could hit tourism’

    UK border passport check pledge ‘could hit tourism’

    Britain’s trade and tourism could be undermined because of the bungled implementation of passport checks, a report has warned. Its government has pledged to introduce 100 per cent exit checks on passengers leaving the UK by early next month. But...

  • Exploring the sacred heart inside city of love

    Exploring the sacred heart inside city of love

    Chances are that you know more about Montmartre than you think. In fact, it is impossible to overestimate just how influential the Parisian arrondissement of Montmartre has been over the past 150 years in the worlds of art, popular culture and our...

  • Japan’s coastal city puts 2011 tsunami behind it

    Japan’s coastal city puts 2011 tsunami behind it

    For decades Miyako in northeastern Japan was a small coastal city, famed for the salmon that splashed upriver in the autumn and the succulent oysters gathered just offshore. Tourists came to fish, paddle kayaks in the bay and enjoy the scenic...

  • Keep trips in the family

    Keep trips in the family

    Helen Raine discovers the secret to travelling with relatives is to invite as many as possible to share the cost of a pad usually far out of your budget. Once there was just you, a backpack and perhaps your significant other of the moment. Now...

  • MSC Fantasia replaces planned Tunisia stops

    MSC Fantasia replaces planned Tunisia stops

    Hamilton Travel has announced a itinerary change for the MSC Fantasia, pictured above, which will be sailing to Malta between April and November 2015. Following the fatal attacks on tourists in Tunisia, last week, the cruise liner will now call at...

  • Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    I’m not good with heights. As I climb, I bury my head into my chest and concentrate on my footing. My ski boots dig into the rock, one foot after the other. With my skis slung over my shoulder I struggle, stumbling as I ascend the jagged slope. I...

  • Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Great War centenary commemorations, including the spectacular poppy display at the Tower of London, have helped boost the number of visits to UK tourist attractions. Visitor numbers were also swelled last year by the Commonwealth Games staged in...

  • Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    The Eden Leisure Group has signed a 10-year contract with InterContinental Hotel Group to open a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Malta. The group is demolishing the former Giorgianis Hostel in Paceville, St Julian’s, to make space for the 100-room,...

  • MTA lures in sports tourists

    Malta Tourism Authority’s sports segment unit has promoted the Maltese islands as an ideal sports tourism destination at a number of international travel fairs. These included The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, which is the UK’s...

  • Unicycling round the world

    Unicycling round the world

    A man who aims to be the first person to unicycle around the world was only able to clock up seven miles on his first day – due to his egg sandwiches. Ed Pratt, 19, headed to the start line of his 18,000-mile tour in Chilthorne Domer, Somerset,...

  • Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates’ tour operating arm is relaunching in Malta and has appointed ROCS Travel as its preferred sales agent ROCS Travel is opening a dedicated Emirates Holidays store in St Anne Street, Floriana, to cater to travel trade and direct customers,...

  • Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt is tightening rules for visas by requiring individual visitors to obtain them at embassies instead of on arrival at Egyptian airports, the Foreign Ministry has said, a move that may make it harder to revive the tourism industry. Security...

  • Students at Berlin travel fair

    Students at Berlin travel fair

    Twenty-six students from the University of Malta’s Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture visited ITB, the world travel and tourism fair in Berlin earlier this month. They also participated in the World Travel and Tourism Congress held in...

  • Museum bans selfie sticks

    Millions of museum visitors in the US capital will no longer be able to take pictures of themselves in front of a T-Rex dinosaur using a camera mounted on a rod. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has banned the use of so-called selfie...

  • A Knight to remember

    A Knight to remember

    There is an atmosphere to Thornbury. It is hard to pin down, until the staff explain. It’s a combination of boiled-up molehills, mashed conkers, gin and brown ale. A former staff member, who enjoyed upholstery and respected history, used to make...

  • Holiday home is your castle

    Holiday home is your castle

    If Thornbury is not to your taste but you still fancy living like royalty ­– if only for a week – Veronica Stivala picks her five favourite palatial hotels. Parador de Oropesa, Oropesa, Spain The Parador Museo de Oropesa dates back to the 14th...

  • On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    In a prospering port city that attracts tourists with a Baltic location and nightlife, Pawel Lapinski discovers there are still a few traces of its past. Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a...

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