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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...


What it’s really like to live at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, built in 1703 and designated a royal residence in 1761, is now well-known as the official residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II, but it's also an official state building. The famed royal grounds operate in both private and public spheres, containing both rooms designated for official purposes—the ones which we see—and private areas and apartments, which stay guarded from public view. With its 829,000 square feet and 775 rooms (including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 188 staff bedrooms), the palace certainly has space for all the royals to live, but it's not as enticing as it might seem. While there are some definite perks to living in the palace, there are also a surprising number of challenges and inconveniences. Click through to find out what life at Buckingham Palace is really like.


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.


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.


How to avoid getting sick or injured on vacation

There's seemingly nothing that kills one's joy more than getting sick while traveling. But whether you're packing up the family for a road trip or flying around the world, vacations often come with unexpected surprises that can compromise your immune system and overall physical wellness. It could be that you ate something dodgy that resulted in food poisoning, or you simply got a cold from the plane. Luckily, you can limit these incidents for your next trip. In need of some tips? Click on to learn how you can stay happier and healthier on your next adventure.


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...


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...


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.


Newspaper headlines: Human remains in suitcases

Local websites and newspapers have been talking about the suitcases found on Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Watkins' last minute winner.


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...


Tips to have a relaxing spa day at home

If you have ever been to a spa, you'll know that they are a great way to relax, unwind, and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, spas can be a bit pricey to say the least, and not all of us have the luxury of time or money to visit the spa on a regular basis. Luckily, there are things you can do to recreate the spa experience for yourself. Check out this gallery for some tips on how to have a relaxing spa day at home.


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.


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.


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...


Dark tourism: following a gruesome travel itinerary

Are you a "dark tourist," someone who deliberately seeks out places blighted by death, destruction, and tragedy? While traveling the world visiting cemeteries, war memorials, natural disaster sites, and former prisons can, perhaps, satisfy a morbid curiosity, it's also about paying respects to the dead, and remembering what happened and why. Browse the gallery for a gruesome travel itinerary.


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.


The last unexplored places on Earth

We've been to the Moon, so surely we know every corner of our planet, right? Not quite. Many places on Earth remain largely unexplored. From unclimbed mountains, to the depths of the oceans and rainforests, there are still many ecosystems to be discovered. And not only are there unexplored places, there are also still uncontacted peoples out there! Earth is indeed a big place, and we've not seen it all. In this gallery, we've compiled a list of some of our planet's unexplored places. Click through and start your journey of discovery.


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.


Delta Air Lines adopts new rules for flight attendant uniforms after Palestinian pin flap

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is changing its employee uniform policy following a turbulent ride through a social media storm started by a passenger's outrage over two flight attendants photographed wearing Palestinian pins. The uproar over the July 10 post, which described the Palestinian pins as “Hamas badges,” led Delta to ban its employees from wearing pins representing any country or nationality besides the U.S. The rule will take effect...


Inside Magic Johnson's lavish summer getaway as NBA legend travels around Europe with wife Cookie and Samuel L. Jackson

Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson have been spotted on a big European vacation on board a superyacht. Johnson has been known to take trips around the Mediterranean in the past.


American Airlines plane catches fire at San Francisco Airport

The interior of the Airbus jet caught fire at 12:15pm local time Friday.


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,...


Britain's loneliest sheep, is now HALF the size she ewe-sed to be!

After spending two years marooned on a remote Highland beach, she was in need of a bit of pampering.


Small sleepy town defeats billionaire's plans to build luxury resort

Joe Ricketts this week ordered crews to immediately stop construction on his $50million tourist trap in Bondurant to the delight of its 156 residents.


How I found bliss cycling along the coast of Estonia

I was barely out of Pärnu on the first morning when it happened. I’d stopped to listen to the reed warblers in a broad belt of roadside wetland. Down at my feet were four types of orchid, and cuckoos were calling. It was the beginning of my trip: I didn’t know that I would be seeing and hearing those things continuously for the next week. But this was no nature reserve, simply an ordinary Estonian country lane, close to the coast and the...


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...


Australia explorer laid to rest in village

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


The most famous sculptures of all time

Sculptures have been a vital part of human history for thousands of years. From ancient civilizations to modern times, they have been used to depict gods, heroes, everyday people, and even objects. From Michelangelo’s David to Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate, these iconic sculptures are defining works of both their eras and their creators. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply curious about the world of sculpture, check out this gallery for the most famous sculptures of all time. But keep in mind that photographs alone rarely do sculpture justice, so aim to see these examples in person to appreciate their full aesthetic impact.


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.


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.


Stunning seaside town with hardly any tourists - unlike its swamped neighbour

Seaton is a beautiful seaside town sitting at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is packed full of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants


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.


17-year-old injured after falling from swing ride at Six Flags-owned Canada's Wonderland park

The teen was taken to the hospital and an "incident investigation is underway," a park representative tells EW.


New York-style ferry system in PH to cost P20B

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) estimates it would be spending up to P20 billion for the proposed ferry system traversing Manila Bay, Pasig River, Marikina River and Laguna Lake as it will be designed to accommodate a high volume of daily commuters. Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, in a statement on Friday, said the project could be modeled after the Chao Phraya River Ferry System in Thailand and the New York Ferry...


Drones and parking suspended for the King's visit

St Peter Port Seafront will also be closed to traffic from Sunday until the end of Tuesday.


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.


Picturesque towns in Europe you won't believe exist

Some of the towns in this gallery look like they've come straight out of a fairy tale. From the romantic town of Burano, Italy, to the breathtaking fortifications of Göreme, Turkey, these beautiful towns are filled with historic charm. Click through and see for yourself!


The boy who cycled the West Highland Way in 25 hours

Cameron Hutchison cycled Scotland's most famous long-distance route in a day of constant effort.


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...


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...


More than two-hour delays at Eurotunnel LeShuttle

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


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.


I moved our family from California to Costa Rica for love, and it ended up being the best thing for us — despite the breakup

Ivette Cuevas moved from California to Costa Rica and opened a coffee shop with her son. They both say it's better for them than life in the US.


DENR: PH eagle habitat key to Apayao biosphere

BAGUIO CITY — It takes a 12-hour bus ride from Baguio to reach Apayao, still one of the more remote provinces of the mountainous Cordillera region. But tourists who make that trip end up enjoying a cool dip in pools fed by unspoiled waterfalls or may get a rare sighting of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) by hiking deep into the richest forests of the province that was recently declared as the Philippines’ fourth biosphere. On July 5...


Canceled flights: Bad weather affects Manila-Zamboanga route

MANILA, Philippines — Flights were canceled on the Manila-Zamboanga-Manila route for Saturday due to “unfavorable weather conditions,” according to the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa). In a statement, Miaa said the following trips were called off as of 8:00 a.m. on July 13: Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express (2P) 2P 2949/2950 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila Cebu Pacific (5J) 5J 851/852 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila 5J 859/860...


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!


The most beautiful sounds found in nature

It's just our luck that nature has an abundance of amazing creations for us to marvel at and appreciate. Even just listening in can be quite the unique experience. Indeed, there are certain animals blessed with some of the most beautiful calls in the wild. Many of them are well known, while others might not be recognizable to many people. Intrigued? In this gallery, discover some of nature's most beautiful sounds. Simply click on!


American cities where residents have the best skin revealed

Researchers ranked cities based on eight factors, including air pollution, UV levels and working hours - which can indicate stress.


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.


Costco is a master at building customer loyalty

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