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Regent Hong Kong named top HK City Hotel at 2024 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

HOT on the heels of being awarded the Best Hong Kong Hotel at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024 in June and making the prestigious Travel + Leisure It List 2024 and Condé Nast Traveler Hot List in May, the reimagined Regent Hong Kong continues to garner global accolades. In the 2024 edition of the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards readers' survey, Regent Hong Kong has just been named the number one Hong Kong City Hotel,...


Palaro gold winner explains beauty of 'boring' long-distance walk race

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- It may look boring but the long-distance walk race, like any other athletics events, has its beauty and challenges, too. Incoming Grade 11 student Sep Blessee Placido, a two-time Palarong Pambansa 2000m gold medalist, took the time to explain. Placido, 16, said the sport is too technical and that it demands mental toughness so as for the competitors not to increase their speed to the point that they're jogging or...


Costco is a master at building customer loyalty

Costco has built up a loyal following of shoppers over the decades it's been operating.


Drums, fire and ice: Photos of the week

A selection of striking news photographs taken around the world this week.


The most unbelievable things stolen in the United States

There have been several remarkable heists in history, where items such as precious jewels, priceless paintings, and incomprehensible amounts of cash were stolen. However, there are also peculiar criminals who set their sights on treasures that are a little more... unusual. From the strangely specific to the utterly inexplicable, check out this gallery to see some of the weirdest things people have ever stolen in America.


Rail firm to add 220 trains a week from December

New services will show in journey planners on Southeastern and Network Rail apps from the Autumn.


Amazing European forests you'll want to explore

Did you know that 35% of Europe's land is covered by forests? That's a lot of trees! Nearly a quarter are protected, with several designated by UNESCO as natural World Heritage Sites. Some 70% of these forests are accessible to the public, which adds an enchanting dimension to any vacation where outdoor adventure is top of the itinerary. But with such a vast spread of woodland to explore, where are the most beautiful forests located? Click through and forage under the canopy of some amazing European forests.


Is there hope for a Philippine 15-minute city?

How far can you go in a span of 15 minutes? For many of us who live in congested cities, our answers may be quite limited. In 15 minutes, some of us may find ourselves still squeezed in a jampacked elevator or stuck in traffic. Would you believe, however, that in some cities some people would have already traveled to the grocery, finished their shopping, and returned home—all in 15 minutes? This scenario of easy accessibility is the ideal life...


More than two-hour delays at Eurotunnel LeShuttle

Eurotunnel apologises over "extended wait" for passengers at the Folkestone terminal.


Surreal sea creatures: the weird wonders of the ocean down under

Australia is known to have some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world, particularly when it comes to creatures of the deep. There's a reason it's one of the most popular destinations for diving enthusiasts! The Great Barrier Reef alone is home to more than 1,500 species of fish and Australia as a whole has more than 4,000. Many of them aren't found anywhere else in the world, and some of them look like they're not from planet Earth... Click on to see some of Australia's weirdest, creepiest, and most colorful sea creatures in this gallery.


In Cuba, a haven for the world's tiniest bird

The wings of the world's tiniest birds are a near-invisible blur as they whizz around tourists visiting a private Cuban garden that has become a haven for the declining species. - 'The House of the Hummingbirds' - Another hummingbird, the Cuban Emerald, which measures up to 10 centimeters, also frequents the garden, which was opened to tourists in 2003 and is now known as "The House of the Hummingbirds."


Fictional restaurants, cafés, and bars we'd love to visit

Who ever watched 'Friends' and wished they could hang out with the show's cast at Central Perk? Many movies and TV show have some really iconic cafés, diners, bars, and the like that we'd love to visit. We're attracted by the location itself, but also by the staff, customers, and sometimes even the food and drinks they served there. In this gallery, we take you on a journey through the best fictional food and drink spots we wish we could visit. Click on!


Here’s What to Order at Oakland’s New Small Change Oyster Bar

These are the top four things to order at the new Temescal destination for seafood


Lone Elephant at Oakland Zoo to Be Moved to Sanctuary to Reunite with Old Friend

"Those of us who know and love him, including our Oakland Zoo community, will miss him terribly," said Colleen Kinzley, the Zoo's VP of Animal Care, Conservation and Research


No to half measures on POGOs

THE discovery by police of an underground tunnel and clandestine firing range during an inspection of a posh leisure resort owned by a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in Porac, Pampanga, this week reinforces the extent to which these online casinos exert a corrupting influence on our communities. The earlier discovery of nine foreigners found dead and dumped in different areas of Pampanga — including the site of the POGO hub in Porac...


Southwest Airlines is teaming up with Archer to give passengers electric flying taxis

The partnership between Southwest Airlines and Archer Aviation could allow flyers to bypass road traffic on the way to and from the airport.


How accessible is Disney World for guests who use a wheelchair? We put it to the test.

What to know about accessibility for guests with disabilities at Disney's Orlando theme parks.


I never stay in Las Vegas for more than 2 nights. This is my foolproof itinerary for maximizing a weekend in Sin City.

I've been to Las Vegas a lot and don't stay more than two nights. Here's how I plan the best weekend in Vegas, plus my itinerary and recommendations.


'Flight 1989': Southwest Airlines adds US flights for fans to see Taylor Swift's Eras Tour

Southwest Airlines is offering additional flights to support fans trying to see Taylor Swift when the Eras Tour returns to the U.S. this fall.


Maui sees significant decrease in tourists a year after devastating wildfires

Maui's economy continues to take a hit almost a year after wildfires devastated portions of the island and killed over 100 people, due to the continued drop in tourism revenue.


Australia explorer laid to rest in village

Matthew Flinders, the man credited with naming Australia, has been reburied in Lincolnshire.


The Midwest state with lowest cost of living revealed

Oklahoma has been ranked as the state with the lowest cost of living after its major city was revealed as the cheapest big city in the country to rent in.


RNLI boats on show during charity event

Organisers of the Flag Day say souvenir stalls and a charity swim will also feature.


Government observes growth in tourism spending, investments in 2023

MANILA, Philippines — The government saw a surge in spending by tourists within the Philippines, as well as investments and spending by the government for tourism, which the Department of Tourism (DOT) said all helped grow the Philippines’ tourism industry in 2023. Domestic tourism expenditure, or spending by people traveling within the Philippines including locals, grew by 72.3 percent from 2022 to 2023, according to the 2023 Philippine Tourism...


A popular tour guide's death leads to more scrutiny of border issues

Kristie Thibodeaux's gunfire death made headlines first because it happened in the French Quarter — New Orleans' oldest neighborhood and a place where residents of historic homes and owners of tourist-dependent restaurants and clubs have long worried about recurring violent crime. Then came the news that one of three suspects in the armed robbery and shooting of the 43-year-old tour guide was a juvenile with an arrest record and an ankle monitor...


4 Reasons That Buying Travel Insurance Will Save You in the Long Run

While traveling is a great opportunity for relaxation and exploration, it's no secret that travel comes with many potential risks. From losing luggage to delayed flights to unexpected illness, a...


Tim Dowling: we’re off to sunny Spain, but I’ve got the airport blues

Our old people’s travel cards do not open the barriers at Gatwick airport train station. My wife flashes me an I-told-you-so look, because she told me so, shortly after we left the house. Things have not started well, and we’re still a long way from Spain. “Zones one through six only,” the guard says, in a weary, patronising sing-song. This, I realise, is what being old is like: they give you free stuff, and then snatch it away so they can treat...


Tourists Flock to Hong Kong for Doraemon, City Cashes in on Cultural IP Economy

Hong Kong Harbourfront Event Attracts Record Number of Tourists HONG KONG, July 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The "100% DORAEMON & FRIENDS" exhibition opens its doors today in Tsim Sha Tsui's K11 art and cultural district, attracting a record-breaking crowd. The event, featuring the beloved 1969 manga character, Doraemon, underscores Hong Kong's emerging status as a cultural hub. Tourists flood to see the Doraemon exhibition The exhibition, held at...


Humanity at the core of architecture, urban design

People are at the heart of three international days that the community of nations celebrates during the month of July. The United Nations observes July 1 as the International Day of Cooperatives, July 11 as World Population Day, and July 30 as the International Day of Friendship (United Nations, 2024). If we are all to partake in honoring these days from different viewpoints, it is important to understand the principles underlying these...


One hurt as Cessna plane overshoots runway in Bulacan

A Cessna 152 plane made a rough landing at Bulacan's Plaridel Airport before crashing into a residential property on Saturday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said. Aboard the plane were a pilot and a student pilot. ''The aircraft attempted to initiate a missed approach but was unable to do so due to insufficient airspeed. Eventually, it surpassed the end of runway 35 and subsequently collided with both the perimeter fence...


Traveller reveals little-known train hack every passenger NEEDS to know when commuting during rush hour

Make sure you can get a seat on your next busy train journey. Chelsea Dickenson shared a video on social media showing how the LED signs on the railway platform could help you.


AsPac business travel picking up, says CAPA

MANILA, Philippines — Demand for business class seats in Asia-Pacific is beginning to show signs of life for the first time since the pandemic, driven by the resurgence of corporate travel in the region. In a report, the Center for Aviation (CAPA) said Asia-Pacific is starting to catch up with other regions in terms of travel recovery, but is struggling to rebound to pre-pandemic levels due to weak demand from the Chinese market. In particular,...


This is what it feels like to visit Death Valley National Park

This is what it feels like to visit Death Valley as one of the Earth's hottest places is being punished by a dangerous heat wave.


Would you fly into the world's scariest airports?

These days, we take landing at an airport pretty much for granted. But there are some flight destinations that are notorious for the dangers they pose to both the aircraft, its crew, and passengers. These are airports that have a frightening reputation for their difficult and sometimes remote location, challenging weather conditions, and perilous runways. Arriving and departing from such terminals tests the skill and confidence of the most seasoned of pilots, and the nerve and resolve of the traveling public. So, does your next flight take you to one of the world's scariest airports? Check in, buckle up, and click through this list of dangerous destinations.


Lost cities found: unearthing the civilizations of old

History has witnessed many once-mighty cities vanish and disappear either as a result of natural disasters or through conflict and the wanton destruction of a conquering foe. Others, long abandoned, have simply been forgotten and buried by time. But around the world are numerous examples of settlements thought long lost being unearthed by archaeologists and subsequently rediscovered as places of great cultural and historical significance. Click through the following gallery and dig up the past with this fascinating list of lost cities found.


These are the biggest volcanic eruptions of all time

From Vesuvius to Laki, we've seen some monstrous eruptions of volcanoes throughout history. Most of these volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, meaning cone-shaped elevations that were built over time from layers of ash and lava. Due to their relatively soft composition, pressure builds up inside until they blow up, which results in sudden explosive eruptions. Their steep slopes then generate pyroclastic flows, making them some of the most dangerous types of volcanoes. The power of such eruptions is measured using the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), which is a scale that goes from one to eight. Each succeeding VEI is 10 times greater than the last. Click on to find out which historic volcanic eruptions scored the highest.


You won't believe how disgusting royal palaces used to be

When we think of the royal dynasties in European history, we think of kings and queens with absolute power ruling over vast empires, living in unchecked luxury. Many of the palaces they built are still some of the most impressive architectural wonders in existence. From the French Palace of Versailles to London’s Kensington Palace, tourists walk the halls and marvel at the beauty and grandeur of these royal homes. However, these restored palaces leave out a few key details. When they were first built and actually hosted royal courts, they were worse than pigsties! Visitors of the Louvre Palace today are spared the harsh realities of centuries gone by: ungodly smells, rat infestations, and piles of human feces littering the floor. Click through the gallery to find out what it was really like to live in a royal palace of the past.


Surprising things you didn't know you could bring through TSA

While most of us tend to obsess about what we can't present to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there's actually a substantial list of unexpected items that the US agency does allow through airport checkpoints. From home appliances and certain fresh produce to live sea creatures, these things are routinely allowed through the security line. And while it's probably not realistic to pack stuff like this, it's nice to know that you have the choice, just in case. Click on to discover the surprising things you didn't know you could bring through the TSA system.


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila celebrates a decade of world-class hospitality

MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila, the Philippines' first sky hotel, marks its 10th anniversary with a monthlong celebration of moments that deliver the brand's renowned world-class hospitality standard. "The past decade has been a most extraordinary journey for us, and we are immensely grateful to our supportive stakeholders — our hardworking team, reliable public and private partners, and our esteemed patrons — for being with us through the years,"...


Things to do in London this weekend (July 12 – 14)

Things to do in London this weekend (July 12 – 14) - From south London’s hottest new suntrap to a series of live music gigs and a party for the ages, this is everything to eat see and do this weekend


Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival

Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival - Headliners at Glasgow Green on Saturday include Rick Astley and Gerry Cinnamon.


Move to create zero-emission route with St Malo

The island signed an agreement to create a zero-carbon maritime route with St Malo in Brittany.


International secret societies you've never heard of

Throughout history, various clandestine underground groups, orders, and organizations have emerged. These secret societies have always been surrounded by mystery, as their members deliberately choose to remain hidden from public view. While some of these societies are associated with sinister motives and conspiracy theories, others have become subjects of rumors, speculation, and even fantasies. What exactly are their inner workings? And why do they go to such lengths to keep their membership concealed? Explore the intriguing world of international secret societies that you may have never even known existed.


What you should (and shouldn't) pack for the perfect beach day

Here are some of the best simple tips and hacks for packing light for the beach and managing beachside food and beverages with ease.


Plane makes emergency landing at Sydney Airport after fuel leak

A plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport after a mayday report was made about a fuel leak mid-flight.


Places around the world you are forbidden to visit

It's hard to imagine that there are a lot of places around the world that people are prohibited from visiting. Unless you're a researcher, scientist, or military officer, some of these places are strictly forbidden for the general public, which adds another layer of mystery to them. There are historical sites that are so fragile they can be easily damaged by humans, and also some seriously dangerous places many of us would be terrified to visit. From an island infested with snakes to a vault holding special secrets, check out these extremely fascinating and forbidden places. Click on!


World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry to run on San Francisco Bay, and it's free to ride

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial passenger ferry will start operating on San Francisco Bay as part of plans to phase out diesel-powered vessels and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions, California officials said Friday, demonstrating the ship. The 70-foot (21-meter) catamaran called the MV Sea Change will transport up to 75 passengers along the waterfront between Pier 41 and the downtown San Francisco ferry...


30 of the oldest things on Earth

Did you know that the world's oldest religion dates back 5,000 years? Or that the oldest country is found in Europe? And what about the oldest ship still in use, or the oldest shoe company? Yes, you'd be surprised at the age of some of the things on our planet, with a few actually spanning billions of years. So, what else is truly advanced for its age? Click through and find out why age is no barrier.


London Wildlife Trust launches stag beetle count

The stag beetle is in decline across much of Europe but London remains a "hotspot", the trust says.


Huge RAF plane lifted from fort by crane

The Blackburn Beverley is being dismantled in Hull and moved to a museum in Cumbria.