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Dubai may become world’s next fashion capital

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One of the world’s leading fashion designers has said that Dubai could become the potential fashion capital of the world.

Karl Lagerfield has signed up with Dubai Infinity Holdings (DIH) to help design Isla Moda – Fashion Island – which is to include haute couture boutiques, villas and a 250-room luxury hotel with themed rooms.

The fashion icon said: “Dubai is [...] Continue Reading…

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Thailand’s backpacker image ‘outdated’

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Thailand’s reputation for being a backpacker destination is "outdated", according to the editor of Luxury Travel Magazine. Alyson Cook said:"Thailand has become a popular destination – particularly with the honeymoon market."She added: "The boutique hotel market is a growing aspect of what they have to offer in that part of Asia … They have also perfected the spa side [...] Continue Reading…

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What’s your ‘perfect holiday’?

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Ladies and gentlemen, get excited!

TOMORROW (July 11th, 2008) marks the start of our first ever ‘PERFECT HOLIDAY’ CONTEST.

Basically, you will get the chance win a £500 isango! credit towards your dream holiday by sending us your inventive description of what, exactly, constitutes your ‘perfect holiday’.

Watch this space for more details.
***Update – 14 July 2008***
Official ‘Perfect Holiday’ Contest entry site:
 
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When in Rome?

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Traditional Roman food is often hard to come by, but Checchino dal 1887 brings it to you on a platter.

Dishes include Quinto Quarto, Il Padellotto, I Rigatoni con la Pajata, L”insalata di Zampi, La Trippa, Le Animelle, Il Cervello and Gli Schienali, together with Bue Garofolato, the ancient rural dish whose original recipe is owned by the restaurant.

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Record numbers flock to West End

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London’s theatres enjoyed their most successful year on record in 2007 raking in almost £470 million at the box office, according to the annual report of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT). The report said there were around 13.6 million visitors, a ten per cent increase compared to 2006. Two-thirds of tickets sold were for musicals, with Joseph [...] Continue Reading…

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Turkey knocks Spain off as top tourist destination

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Turkey has replaced Spain as the number one destination for travellers, according to The Co-operative Travel. Director of retail distribution Trevor Davis said the strength of the euro against the pound was a key reason for the change.A report by Turespana, the Spanish tourist board, also said there would be a "progressive fall in the classic package holiday and [...] Continue Reading…

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Where to Dine in Nice, France

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This is the second, juicy post in the Nice, France, series (check out the Nice, Part I blog here). In fact, this will probably be the juicest post of all, given that it’s all about food and wine!

After 7 years living in Nice, I’ve experienced lots of good restaurants…and lots of places to avoid!

I’ll save you 7 years [...] Continue Reading…

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STA Travel: Insurance is a must for activity holidays

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Travel insurance is "undoubtedly the wisest purchase" travellers can make when going on an activity holiday, STA Travel has said. A spokeswoman for the company said that insurance may seem like an unnecessary extra cost, but it is a must "in case case you lose your belongings or need medical attention". She advised: "You should ensure the travel insurance [...] Continue Reading…

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Ibiza offers ‘tranquility and escapism’

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Ibiza may have a reputation of being a party island, but holidaymakers should not be put off from visiting as there are "two sides" to the island, the Spanish Property Owners Guild (SPOG) has claimed. Paul Bradley, spokesman for SPOG, said that Ibiza "appeals to those seeking tranquility and escapism". He added: "Fortunately, it is the binge drinking [and] [...] Continue Reading…

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Balloon in Paris tests air quality, becomes tourist attraction

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A hot air balloon tethered above Paris is providing information about air quality, as well as becoming a tourist attraction. Floating at 150 metres above the ground, the balloon scans the air for harmful contaminants like nitrogen dioxide. It changes colour using an easy-to-understand coding, with a spectrum ranging from red for high levels of pollution to orange for [...] Continue Reading…

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