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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...


PSA data shows PH tourism growth – DoT

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed the achievements of the tourism sector in numbers, which underscores its capacity to create meaningful livelihood opportunities and inclusive growth. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco cited the favorable statistics the PSA provided to the country's tourism industry. "This in and of itself manifests both the power of tourism to transform lives and to...


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.


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...


Costco is a master at building customer loyalty

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


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,"...


Dave Ramsey: 7 Vacation Splurges That are a Waste of Money

When you go away on vacation, taking a break from your budget is tempting. You work hard all year for your money to finally reward yourself with a retreat and some time off from your job. The only...


Royal treasures: Discover the largest private art collection in the world

The Royal Collection of the British royal family is the largest private art collection in the world. Housed variously in occupied and historic royal residences across the United Kingdom, this vast treasure trove in owned by King Charles and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. It numbers the priceless Crown Jewels, rare Old Masters, and unique Fabergé eggs among many other rare and extraordinary artifacts. And most of the collection is on public display! Click through and be dazzled by the treasures of the Royal Collection.


13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral

The 800-plus-year-old Parisian cathedral has centuries of French history built into its stone. Here are 13 things you might not know about it.


'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.


Bin collections to continue on royal bank holiday

The States has issued fresh information for residents ahead of King Charles' visit.


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.


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.


Possible stone circle find near monument

An area around Arthur's Stone - said to mark the spot where King Arthur slew a giant - is being excavated.


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.


Miami Doughnut Shop Chain’s Expanding Into Austin’s Domain Northside

Plus, a downtown hotel opens up a summer cocktail bar pop-up, and more news


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.


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.


German tourists have a cunning NEW trick to secure best holiday spots

German holidaymakers are beating their British counterparts to the punch by reserving parasols on the beaches of Mallorca, sidestepping deckchair bans.


Museum cafe plan wins support of city councillors

The £850k plans had been "called in" for closer scrutiny, but have now been passed.


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...


'Beloved' black bear rescued from Ukraine zoo dies in Scottish zoo

Staff at Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder in West Lothian where Yampil had been relocated described the death of the Asiatic black bear, as a 'truly sad day'.


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.


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!


I took up skiing in my 40s and proved that age is no barrier to learning a new sport

Learning to ski? The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempsted helped HELLO!'s Christian Anderson-Ramshall conquer his fears and try skiing lessons with his family


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.


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...


Does the Ark of the Covenant really exist?

The Ark of the Covenant remains one of history's enduring mysteries. It's certainly one of archaeology's most perplexing puzzles. Did this gold-plated wooden box said to house the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written ever exist? If so, what happened to it? And where might this legendary artifact be hidden? Click through the following gallery and learn more about the lost Ark by following this historic timeline.


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...


Real small towns that seem to be in a parallel universe

With such diverse landscapes and people spread across this enormous spinning rock, there’s bound to be some extraordinary happenings, but many of them are tucked away in tiny towns, waiting to be discovered. So check out this gallery of unbelievably quirky, impressive, and mind-boggling communities, and revel in the amazement at what your fellow humans have been up to.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Brandenburg Gate: a symbol of division or unity?

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most recognized monuments in Germany, and, indeed, Europe. Located in Berlin, the triumphal arch has a tumultuous history. Completed in 1791, this neoclassical masterpiece has survived two global conflicts, and served as a physical and ideological barrier under Soviet rule during the Cold War. Today, this iconic structure is a symbol of peace and unity, and remains a popular and venerated visitor attraction. So, what else has this gate gone through in its 230-plus year history? Click through and take a thorough look at the Brandenburg Gate.


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.


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...


10 Crowd-Favorite Airbnbs Around the World for Families

Check them out and see why they are a favorite.


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.


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...


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.


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,...


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.


Don't just bring a bottle to a dinner party, bring a vineyard

Grow-your-own vineyard kits are increasingly popular in the UK, driven by a boom in the popularity of British wine and the increasingly warmer climate.