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Drive-thru coffee shop on way despite traffic fears

It will be created at a hotel near the M40 after councillors reluctantly gave planning permission.


Protect hotel or face legal action, council warns

Wychavon District Council is "extremely annoyed" at lack of progress on the former Raven Hotel.


The bus driven by volunteers that became a lifeline

The volunteer-run Heather Hopper takes people who don't drive on trips to markets, cafes, and pubs.


Ernest Hemingway fans celebrate the author's 125th birthday in his beloved Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Ernest Hemingway spent the 1930s in Key West, Florida, and more than six decades after his death, fans, scholars and relatives continue to congregate on the island city to celebrate the author's award-winning novels and adventure-filled life. Hemingway Days started in 1981 with a short-story competition and a look-alike contest. This year's celebration concluded Sunday on the 125th anniversary of Hemingway's birth on July...


Savoy Hotel Manila celebrates six years of excellence, to hold Cebu Food Festival

Savoy Hotel Manila continues to redefine what it means to be the Philippines' premier airport hotel as it celebrates its sixth anniversary. Known for its exceptional service and commitment to sustainability, the hotel offers an unparalleled blend of comfort and convenience, providing a true taste of Filipino hospitality. Embodying its vibrant spirit, Savoy Hotel Manila's tagline, "Color Your Experience," reflects its youthful energy and...


Cruise passengers allowed 14-day stay sans visas – DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just launched a program aimed to help boost the local cruise industry by allowing eligible foreign nationals to enter the Philippines without visa. Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla, in a statement on Friday, said the DOJ was ecstatic to share the Cruise Visa Waiver Program (CVWP), which the department assured to be a key factor in augmenting the country’s tourism as a whole. “The justice system is never a...


How should York deal with unruly tourists? I have a few suggestions for my hometown

‘Go steady, we’ve got enough history,” reads one of York’s new purple street signs. “Respect your bar staff and taxi drivers, give them gratitude not attitude,” says another, while a third says: “Hold it! It’s not a place to pee.” This is the latest initiative to try to tame our city centre. The signs follow a “guide for stags and hens”, a hospitality “code of conduct” (no admittance for “offensive inflatables”, or “people we believe to be...


A developer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a pilot school and STEM academy

Real estate developer Rob Lauer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a hotel and rooftop observation deck.


Your photos: Reliving the sunshine

For three days the West Midlands enjoyed the summer - take a look at the best photos from the last week.


10 of the best beaches and islands in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland

Søndervig, Denmark Sun-seekers and sea-dippers have been heading to Søndervig – known as the Gateway to the North Sea – for more than a century, drawn to its silver-gold sand and grass-tufted dunes. There are good facilities – mini-golf, tennis, trampolines and Segways are all available close to the beach, with a clutch of excellent fish restaurants in the town. The town’s biggest draw is the extraordinary sand sculpture festival, which runs...


Tourism industry hit new peaks in 2023

PHILIPPINE tourism achieved several milestones in 2023, bringing it closer to being an Asian tourism powerhouse, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said. Tourism accounted for 8.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product, the highest growth rate in tourism direct gross value added in 24 years. Total inbound and domestic tourist receipts were P3.367 trillion, 75.3 percent higher than the 2022 figure. Tourism also provided livelihood...


Thousands stranded at NAIA as global IT outage continues

MANILA, Philippines — At least 25,500 travelers were stranded as 45 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were canceled yesterday following the global IT systems outage that has crippled flight operations of local and foreign airlines since Friday. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that flights operated by Cebu Pacific, CebGo, Air Asia and United Airlines were canceled because of the CrowdStrike...


Nature reserve celebrates finding its 500th moth

The sighting at RSPB Saltholme is only the fourth time the Reed Minor has been seen in County Durham.


Flights resume after global IT crash wreaks havoc

Planes were gradually taking off again Saturday after global airlines, banks and media were thrown into turmoil by one of the biggest IT crashes in recent years, caused by an update to an antivirus program. Passenger crowds had swelled at airports on Friday as dozens of flights were cancelled after an update to a program operating on Microsoft Windows crashed systems worldwide. By Saturday, officials said the situation had returned virtually to...


An American mom who moved to the French Alps experienced the impacts of over-tourism firsthand. She says there's a better way to do it

Journalist Paige McClanahan, author of "The New Tourist," says there's a better way to do tourism, for the destination and for the traveler.


Microsoft IT outage live: Dozens more flights cancelled across UK as CrowdStrike issue recovery tool released

Microsoft IT outage live: Dozens more flights cancelled across UK as CrowdStrike issue recovery tool released - Experts warn it could take weeks for global tech infrastructure to fully recover as 8.5m devices hit


Thatched cottages: Treasured feature of villages under threat

They are the architectural epitome of Englishness. But the thatched cottage, a treasured feature of chocolate-box villages, is under threat, conservationists have warned.


Wheelchair adventurer completes Yr Wyddfa climb

Nick Wilson dedicates his feat to his father, who died in June.


Tourist killed during water activity in Lapu-Lapu City

A tourist was killed while engaging in a water activity at a Lapu-Lapu City resort, according to a 24 Oras Weekend report on Sunday. A video showed the 43-year-old tourist sitting at the end of a jumping balloon as the staff jumped at the other end. Instead of the water, the tourist landed on the jumping balloon head first before crashing into the water. The staff rescued the tourist when they noticed she was not moving and immediately brought...


What to do in Seoul: the new touristic hot spot

Seoul, the vibrant capital of South Korea, combines a centuries-old culture with a modern, futuristic vibe—and the contrast is bewildering! The city humbles visitors with its collection of ancient palaces and then dazzles with futuristic fashion and technology. Deeply traditional but cutting edge too, Seoul seduces and surprises... and never disappoints! Click through and find out where to go Seoul searching.


Inside new superyacht Ulyssia with 132-room hotel, pools and theatre

The Ulyssia is still some four years away from its expected date of completion, but new images provide unprecedented insight into the life of luxury on board


Incredible hidden attractions in US cities

Everyone knows the basic monuments you need to see in America's big cities. If you go to New York, see the Empire State Building! If you're in San Francisco, check out the Golden Gate Bridge! However, there are plenty of other attractions in these US cities that you may never have even known were there. Are you looking for a more unusual travel experience? Here are some offbeat and unusual urban must-sees that most tourists fail to find. Browse the gallery for your city and places to go that others will miss.


Moonshot memories: The eternal legacy of Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969, a momentous event took place. The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the greatest moments not only in US history, but in human history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people in history to step foot on the moon. Click through the following gallery for a countdown of the events that put the first man on the moon, and the legacy of that historic space mission.


Iconic British indie band are forced to postpone their show after missing their flight due to airport chaos caused by Crowdstrike IT outage

An Iconic British indie band was forced to reschedule their Friday festival appearance after missing their flight due to Crowdstrike IT outage.


New York woman honored with special dessert at popular restaurant for her 70 years of loyalty

A woman is having a dessert named after her at a New York City restaurant she's been visiting since the 1950s. The stunning ice cream sundae will be available for one day only.


10 Coworking Spaces in Quezon City

Beat the deadline in a space fit for work.


Moment protesters prepare to march in Majorca against 'overtourism'

Campaigners have gloated about the idea of empty hotels as they gear up for another demonstration against holidaymakers in Majorca. One protester brought a homemade model of an airplane to signify the large numbers of tourists arriving on the island.


Air passengers face no guaranteed compensation for cancellations and delays caused by the CrowdStrike IT outage

Just over 46,000 flights were delayed, and more than 5,000 were canceled on Friday, according to the flight tracking platform FlightAware.


How not to put on half a stone on holiday

On holiday, my routine flies out of the window faster than the hot air hits me in the face when the plane doors open. I don’t think twice about the fact that my morning run and yogurt will be replaced with an Aperol spritz and cannoli or that I’ll be sprawled on a sun lounger at the time of day I’d usually be setting off on a two-hour dog walk. Obv...


BTS's V recalls the time Jungkook spontaneously flew to Hawaii for vacation with him

Did you know? Jungkook of BTS once flew 4,687 miles from South Korea just to spend a vacation with his fellow member V! On Instagram story on Sunday, V posted some photos with Jungkook from their Hawaii trip. In the caption, the BTS member detailed that while he was in Hawaii for a vacation, he told Jungkook, "Jungkook, I'm in Hawaii right now. I want to see you," as translated from Korean to English. The group's golden maknae then quickly flew...


Apollo 11 landing: A full moon, moon movie mark 55th anniversary

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The cosmos is providing a full moon for the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing this weekend, and plenty of other events honor Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s giant leap. Aldrin, 94, the last surviving member of the Apollo 11 crew, headlines a gala at the San Diego Air and Space Museum on Saturday night. He’ll be joined by astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the voice inside Mission Control for the July 20, 1969...


The Medical City, DoT partner to boost PH's medical tourism

THE Medical City (TMC) and the Department of Tourism (DoT) joined hands for the Discover Your Wellness medical tourism project at Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig on July 17, 2024. Discover Your Wellness, a travel and wellness online series, aimed to promote the Philippines as a medical tourism destination through TMC's network hospitals and health care services while simultaneously highlighting the country's tourist attractions and cultural...


Manila to national government: Ensure tourists’ safety

MANILA, Philippines — Following a report that ranked Manila as the fifth “riskiest city for tourists,” the city government called on the national government to do its share in ensuring tourists are safe while visiting the country. In a statement, the local government said the report by Forbes Advisor – which identified Manila as the fifth “riskiest city for tourists” – could have pertained to a wider area beyond the city of Manila, whether “the...


Tipping culture keeps creeping into ever more parts of daily life — and some people are resisting it

Some customers are fed up with expectations around tipping: "If I have to stand up to order my food or to buy my product, you're not getting a tip."


The friendliest countries in the world, ranked

When traveling, there are always places that stand out for their scenic beauty, amazing cuisine, and/or their mark on history. But one of the things that keeps visitors coming back to a country over and over again is the people. Some destinations really excel at making those who visit feel welcome, and it leaves a lasting impression. Website InterNations conducts an annual survey, in order to discover which countries rank the highest for friendliness amongst those who've relocated abroad and amongst foreign travelers. Published by World Population Review, the results for 2024 are in. Does your country rank in the top 30? Click on to find out!


I transformed this rundown cottage into a stylish dream home

A tired, crumbling cottage in Sydney's inner-west that was 'so rundown it was borderline liveable' has been transformed into a coastal oasis that'll make it feel like you're on holiday everyday.


Delta offers crews extra pay as carrier struggles to recover from IT outage, CEO apologizes

Delta is struggling to recover from a global IT outage even as its competitors have largely returned to normal operations.


Billionaire's fight with council over $45million property

New York-based Australian David Droga, 54, purchased the 1,100sqm 1920s brick house overlooking Tamarama Beach in Sydney's east for a record-breaking $45million in May 2023.


This is where you should live in the USA based on your personality

With 50 states and thousands of municipalities, America has a little something for everyone. Like-minded people tend to gather near their essential elements, whether that be sunshine or a copious amount of wine, so check out this gallery based on a list by Culture Trip to see where is best for you, depending on your personality.


Long queues at Heathrow as passengers wait for flights following global IT outage

Footage posted online at Heathrow Airport shows long queues building as the fallout from the global IT outage continues.


‘Flipping the Boat’ celebrates Filipino maritime heritage

SAN FRANCISCO – The Manilatown Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the San Francisco Maritime Museum, has launched “Flipping the Boat,” a year-long community engagement project and event. This project aims to foster intergenerational connections and empower the Filipino American community to reclaim their maritime heritage. “As stewards of pre-colonial Philippine art and culture, we recognize the significance of our maritime history,” said...


More UK flight delays expected after IT outages

Airports have said their systems are working but that journeys could be hit by delays and cancellations.


Cracks appear in Geelong’s fortress with another dirty night on home turf

When Geelong historian and former vice-president, Bob Gartland, told the ABC in March that “the stadium precinct is probably the glue that holds us all together”, it is unlikely that he had in mind the mud at Kardinia Park. When you feed a stadium off the public purse like a foie gras goose, one thing you don’t expect is a surface that was as redolent as the guernsey the Cats wore to celebrate Edward ‘Carji’ Greeves and the centenary of his...


Brits stuck in holiday hell as flights home cancelled three times in CrowdStrike chaos

Nicole Raby, 26, is still trying to to get back from Italy with her mum after being hit with three flight cancellations since the IT outage - and has slammed an 'outrageous' lack of help from airlines


Her $5,500 infirmary bill was higher than the cruise itself: How she got it covered

A traveler disembarked her Caribbean cruise cruise last year with over $5,500 in onboard medical bills. Here's how travel insurance covered all of it.


Exciting camp for little go-getters

LET the kids embark on an adventure like no other while it is vacation time with the Kiddie Getaway Club at Acea Subic Beach Resort. Open to little go-getters ages 3 to 12, it is for them to experience the thrill of being a junior hotelier. CREDIT: CONTRIBUTED IMAGES CREDIT: CONTRIBUTED IMAGES This fun-filled workshop includes pizza making, where the mini chefs don their aprons and decorate their scrumptious pizzas. They can also splash around,...


10 Aesthetic Airbnbs in Seoul to Live Out Your K-Drama Dreams

Traveling to Seoul soon?


In a multi-airport set-up, how can Clark keep up?

MANILA, Philippines — Clark International Airport may be flying in turbulent skies as the gateway was underutilized by 75 percent last year and is nowhere near regaining pre-pandemic levels, with both domestic and international passenger traffic down by double digits. Further, Clark is just two hours away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which will undergo a P170.6-billion upgrade under a consortium led by San Miguel Corp....


Barcelona pledges to hike tourist tax for cruise passengers

Jaume Collboni, Barcelona's mayor, said the current tourist tax for stopover cruise passengers was 7 euros (£5.90) per day. He did not say by how much the tax would be increased.


How many countries can you visit in one day?

It can be quite an appealing idea to break a world record, and to know that you are the only one in the world to have achieved something so far. According to Swiss travelers Cédric Waldburger and Rainer-Marc Frey, this feeling is truly monumental! On August 23, 2022, the duo broke the record for the most number of countries visited in 24 hours. Their journey was documented on Waldburger’s YouTube channel and, according to them, it is a feat that can only be done in the European continent. Intrigued? Click through this gallery and join us as we follow the route that these record-breaking travelers took in 2022.