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Urban Nature Project at the Natural History Museum review – it’s a wondrous jungle out there

The Urban Nature Project, the Natural History Museum’s transformation of the five-acre open space in front of it, is a triumph of cultural and architectural multitasking. It educates, surprises and delights. It is a living laboratory for expert research. It makes scientific theory tangible and visible. It opens up a multilevel site to people in wheelchairs. It aims to handle large crowds effectively and with grace. It makes you see the London...


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...


250 tourists from US to visit Northern Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Around 250 residents of the United States will join a tour that will be held for the first time in the Northern Mindanao region. Composed of a mix of Filipino-Americans and resident Americans, they would visit the province of Bukidnon, as well as the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, during the 15th Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour. The guests will “immerse in the culture of the indigenous people of Malaybalay (in...


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...


Readers reply: is it true that British people get nicer the farther north you go?

Is it true that British people get nicer the farther north you go? Victoria Miller, Hull Send new questions to [email protected]. Readers reply Depends on your definition of nice. If you want to chat with strangers in a cafe or at a bus stop, your chances are directly proportional to the distance from London. If you want privacy and toleration of difference, London is pretty good for that. The rudest anyone has ever been to me was a bus driver...


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.


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.


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.


'I went to a European festival and these 10 things were super different to UK events'

I headed to NOS Alive in Portugal to experience the iconic music festival set on the banks of the river Tagus just outside Lisbon, and found ten big differences to UK festivals


The Hoxton, Lloyd Amsterdam: a shiny new city hangout

The Hoxton, Lloyd Amsterdam: a shiny new city hangout - The Hoxton’s second opening in the Dutch capital breathes new life into a storied building. Its chic and relaxed feel has made its Docklands location a summer hotspot, finds Gina Jackson


Boeing Driving ‘Transformational Change’ That May Take Years

Boeing Co. is intent on driving “transformational change” into its factories and culture based on feedback from customers, regulators and to a large part employees, the head of the planemaker’s commercial aircraft business said.


10 Coworking Spaces in Quezon City

Beat the deadline in a space fit for work.


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!


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.


DOT hails Apayao designation in UNESCO biosphere reserves list

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the recent inclusion of Apayao in the UNESCO’s world network of biosphere reserves, which is the fourth in the Philippines to be recognized by the international body. The UNESCO approved the designation of 11 new biosphere reserves, including the Apayao Biosphere Reserve in the Philippines during the 36th session of the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the...


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...


Our family reunion showed how we can unite America

We are one big American family. A variety of states but one homeland. A span of ages but all still Americans. Differences, certainly, but also neighbors who care for each other.


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.


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


TUI passengers face 'nightmare' 50-hour delays in 35C holiday hotspot

Holidaymakers hoping to jet back to Manchester after their break away on the Greek island have now been left desperate to return home after being sent a number of emails outlining sudden cancellations to their flight back


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.


Nature reserve hide honours WW2 hero

The hide at North Cave Wetlands is named after Dennis Wood who was killed in 1942.


I've been to 35 countries and managed to buy my first home before 25

A young Aussie woman has proved it's possible to go on multiple overseas holidays and still buy your first property before 25.


Return of Caribbean parade brightens city streets

An explosion of colour entertains crowds as carnival dancers parade through Coventry city centre.


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.


LTO overwhelmed by Viber messages

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Saturday said it was already coordinating with Viber Philippines to restore access to the AksyOn the Spot hotline number, which the agency had tapped to expedite the processing of the printing of plastic-printed driver’s license. LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II said the agency’s IT personnel lost access to the AksyOn the Spot hotline 0929-2920865 after it was flooded with inquiries and...


Presidential Museum at Baguio Mansion House opening soon

MANILA, Philippines —A Presidential Museum inspired by the one in Manila will soon be open to the pubic at the Mansion House in Baguio City, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos announced on Saturday. “This beautiful space will be open to the public very soon and I can’t wait for everyone to see it,” Araneta-Marcos said in an Instagram post. “If you want to take a peek, visit our website: museums.gov.ph. A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in...


The 30 loudest animals in the world

Nature truly is a marvel. There are so many unbelievable sights, smells, and in this gallery, sounds. Most people have heard about the legendary howl of a wolf, or the mighty roar of the king of the jungle, yet not many have actually experienced it. The only way to truly understand the intensity of their voices would be to stand before them, but in many cases, that's not a great idea... Instead, we've decided to use the best comparison which is the decibel (represented as dB). The decibel scale shows us how intense a sound is. The higher the number of decibels is, the louder the sound. For reference, a typical car horn can reach 107–109 dB. In this gallery, you'll find 30 of the loudest animals in the world ranked in order of recorded decibels (dB). Click through and prepare to be surprised!


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...


Ryanair and EasyJet-friendly bag that 'holds a surprising amount of clothes'

There is a reason these bags have been rated as one of the best Amazon has to offer for travellers


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,...


Casa Luisa Offers a Twist on Filipino Cuisine with French Flair

Formerly a private dining destination, Casa Luisa in San Pedro, Laguna now welcomes walk-in guests.


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.


Ancient sites worth visiting

History has left us with some truly remarkable visitor attractions, many of which date back to antiquity. Whether standing alone as a singular piece of architecture or as part of a wider archaeological site, these ancient wonders inspire and educate in equal measure. But where in the world can you find some of the most illustrious of these extraordinary hand-built treasures? Click though and marvel at these ancient sites worth visiting.


LIST: Canceled flights from July 19 to 20 due to Microsoft outage

MANILA, Philippines — Several Cebu Pacific flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 19 to 20, were canceled due to technical issues related to the global outage of technology giant Microsoft. In a Facebook post, local carrier Cebu Pacific said that the following flights will not push through as of 7 p.m. on July 19: READ: Cebu Pacific, global airlines hit by Microsoft outage DG 6639/6640: Cebu – Pagadian – Cebu DG 6839/6840: Manila –...


The heat death of tourism?

A BRIEF newsletter article from Inside Climate News earlier this month discussed a topic that our tourism authorities do not seem to have considered but will (hopefully) keep them awake at night now that I've brought it up: the increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves is killing the tourism industry in some places — quite literally, in a growing number of instances. The Inside Climate News story provided a couple of examples, and there...


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.


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.


PTAA warns vs online travel scams

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines —The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) has warned the public of the proliferation of online travel scams that offer cheap local and international vacation plans. Jaison Yang, PTAA spokesman, said the public should be cautious when dealing with these online offers. “One should be cautious when transacting online for travel booking and related matters. These travel online scammers are only waiting for...


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...


Chile 11-52 Scotland: Have your say

Scotland secured a third win from three on their summer tour of the Americas, with a convincing eight-try win against Chile What did you make of their performance? Who stood out for you? Were you watching at home or are you one of the lucky few who made the trip over to South America? We want to hear from you.


Flight cancellations continue Sunday as United, Delta struggle to recover from outage

Several U.S. carriers issued ground stops for all their flights early on Friday following a global tech outage, which caused a domino effect for some.


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.


This Gen Zer traveled to 10 countries in 3 years. Here's how she did it while earning $25 an hour.

Explore how a Gen Zer funds her travels by waiting tables and volunteer exchange sites like Worldpackers.


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...


The Spanish fightback against record tourism

Activists say spiralling housing costs are due to properties being bought by foreigners - or rented over the summer.


Afghanistan - wish you were here? The Taliban do

Tourism is booming under the Taliban regime as Westerners flock to see its unspoilt sites - but not everyone is winning.


Wizz Air’s UK boss hopes to undercut Gulf carriers on Middle East flights

Wizz Air’s UK boss hopes to undercut Gulf carriers on Middle East flights - Marion Geoffroy predicted Airbus A321XLR planes will ‘revolutionise’ air travel from a cost perspective.


Outdoor market upgrade to be completed by 2026

The work is expected to be complete in the summer of 2026.


Paradise about to be lost

I haven’t been to Boracay in over 10 years. So I decided to see how it is doing with my visiting California-based daughter. The nice powdery white sand beach that Mother Nature gave us is still as amazing as ever. The rainy weather didn’t let me see a dramatic sunset during our four-day stay. But the way the sun struggles to peek through the thick clouds was drama enough in this rainy season. Then again, Mother Nature can only do so much....