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Singapore Mid-Autumn festival

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From August 31st to September 30th, visitors to Singapore are in for some beautiful evenings as the streets of Chinatown light up for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month among Chinese communities worldwide.

It is a time of gathering and reunion for families and friends, many of whom come together to [...] Continue Reading…

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AITO: Ferry journey part of holiday

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Ferry journeys are increasingly becoming part of a holiday rather than being seen simply as a mode of transportation, the chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) has said.

Derek Moore said that “travellers, particularly families, see it as part of the holiday as opposed to just a method of transport getting them to their destination”.

This was mainly [...] Continue Reading…

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West End shows should ”definitely” be on tourists” schedule

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Visitors to London should make sure that West End shows are “definitely … on the schedule”, one industry expert has said.

Ian Rumgay, European communications manager at TripAdvisor, said that BBC musical shows have “popularised [the West End] right across the board and particularly for the younger audience”.

However, he added that the appeal of the shows attracts visitors regardless of [...] Continue Reading…

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Socotra Archipelago: An unknown land

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UNESCO has listed Socotra Archipelago in Yemen as a World Heritage Site, giving Yemen the largest number of cultural and natural heritage sites in Arabia. The remote and isolated Socotra Archipelago consists of four islands and two rocky islets near the Gulf of Aden. Although it appeared in the Travels of Marco Polo, few people today visit or [...] Continue Reading…

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Measles risk in Italy, take precautions before holiday

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Britons face a risk of contracting measles in Europe this summer, with the outbreak strongest in northern Italy.

While most adult travellers are not at risk, some 15 per cent of British children have not been immunised against the disease because of unproven fears over the side effects of the combined vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), the Times [...] Continue Reading…

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Britons looking for cheaper holiday options

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The credit crunch is seeing British holidaymakers look for cheaper alternatives this summer rather than forgoing holidays altogether, The Air Transport Users Council (ATUC) has said.

James Fremantle, ATUC industry affairs manager, said that “it looks as if people are just downgrading their holidays”.

He added: “I think air travel is one of the first things people do cut back on, [...] Continue Reading…

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High School Musical live on stage in Dubai

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From July 23rd to 26th, Disney”s smash-hit film musical comes to Dubai.

Playing at the Centrepoint Theatre, the High School Musical sees kids from East High stopping at nothing to distract basketball jock Troy and math-whiz Gabrielle from getting the lead roles in the school musical.

Tickets cost between Dh149 and Dh199 (£20 to £27), and performances will be held at [...] Continue Reading…

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Romantic Dream Getaways

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Ok, so I’ve learned a thing or two about our loyal readers and customers after plowing through some of the recent ‘Perfect Holiday’ contest entries…

Namely that you are a bunch of sappy romantics!

Seriously, though, we’ve received some descriptive and inspiring responses to our call for entries (to win a £500 isango! voucher), many of which I will posting on [...] Continue Reading…

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More than 2m Brits escaping this weekend

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With the majority of schools breaking up today (July 18th), this weekend is expected to see more than two million Britons heading overseas, the Association for British Travel Agents (Abta) has said. Despite the strength of the euro, Spain is expected to remain popular, along with France, Malta and the Caribbean.However the biggest growth of all has been recorded [...] Continue Reading…

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Parliamentary Special Train in New Zealand

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From August 6th to 8th, visitors to New Zealand looking for historic entertainment can find just that.

To commemorate the centenary of the North Island Main Trunk, there will be a re-enactment of the Parliamentary Special.

Organised by rail operator ONTRACK, the train re-enacts the first passenger rail service between Wellington and Auckland when 44 parliamentarians travelled to see the visiting [...] Continue Reading…

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