English regions welcoming increasing visitor numbers | News

English regions welcoming increasing visitor numbers | News

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More international tourists are visiting the English regions than ever before. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up four per cent compared to the same period in 2016. International visitors spent £6.1 billion across England’s regions during this period. There were 909,000 overseas visits to Wales from January to September last year, up six per cent compared to the same time in 2016, and visitors spent £337 million. In Scotland, overseas visits increased 14 per cent to 2.6 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same time in 2016, with overseas visitors spending £1.8 billion. Tourism minister, Michael Ellis, said: “It is fantastic news that towns and…
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Pope Francis marries couple aboard papal plane

Pope Francis marries couple aboard papal plane

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Massive London ‘fatberg’ turned into museum exhibit

Massive London ‘fatberg’ turned into museum exhibit

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The peculiar exhibit is but a fragment of one of the largest such objects ever found, measuring 820 feet long and weighing 130 tons, as much as 11 double-decker buses. It was removed last year from the sewers underneath the East London district of Whitechapel, after it caused a severe blockage."It will be displayed in a sealed unit," said Sharon Robison, head of conservation at the Museum of London. "It's been in quarantine for a total of around nine weeks already and we'll undertake some more scientific analysis before the exhibition."Fatbergs (the word is a portmanteau of fat and iceberg) form over time as items such as wet wipes, nappies, condoms, sanitary products and various types of greases and oils are flushed or washed down drains instead of disposed correctly.…
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Mexico has the world’s longest underwater cave

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(CNN) — Underwater archeologists in Mexico have discovered the worlds largest flooded cave.The Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) team -- committed to studying the mysterious waters of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula -- spent years exploring the caves of Sac Actun and Dos Ojos in Tulum before connecting the two caverns together.The explorers' discovery marks the identification of an incredible archaeological site, illuminating the stories and rituals of the Mayan civilization.Amazing findNew discovery: Underwater archeologists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave.Courtesy Herbert Meyrl The watery labyrinth connects the cave system known as Sac Actun with the Dos Ojos system. According to the rules of caving, when two caves connect, the largest absorbs the smallest. This means Sac Actun takes the title of largest cave.Spanning 347 kilometers (216 miles), this…
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Kitzbuhel, Austria: ski resort guide

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(CNN) — Just the word Kitzbuhel conjures images of the scariest, hairiest downhill race on the circuit, but as a ski resort this Tyrolean treasure offers far more than just the horrors of the Hahnenkamm.Every January, huge crowds flock to the chocolate-box Austrian town to soak up the high-speed thrills and spills taking place up on the steep, icy, bumpy Streif piste. Anyone who makes it down in one piece is a hero, according to four-time champion Franz Klammer.The event attracts a huge influx of visitors and the party scene is huge, spilling into the cobbled streets, with the jet set and celebrities rocking up for a slice of the action. Arnold Schwarzenegger is just one of the regulars.But away from Hahnenkamm week, classy Kitzbuhel is one of the prettiest…
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El Nido honeymoon: An inspired retreat in the Philippines

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(CNN) — "Get dropped off at the road by Las Cabanas beach about four kilometers (2.5 miles) outside of El Nido Town. "Walk all the way to the end of the beach, then ask the people at the coconut stand for Mark and Camille's house."Those are the instructions to find The Birdhouse -- a jungle glamping retreat in El Nido, a remote corner of Palawan island in the southwestern Philippines.The hard-to-find address is the brainchild of Mark-Anthony and Camille Dimson Villaflor, who built The Birdhouse after traveling around the world on a 16-month-long honeymoon -- documented on their blog 365 Travel Dates. Inspired by the couple's transformative trip around the world, the rustic-luxe tents offer a romantic refuge for honeymooners and adventure travelers.Just ask the guys at the coconut stand.Kate…
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Brand USA expands Hills Balfour remit to cover European PR | News

Brand USA expands Hills Balfour remit to cover European PR | News

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Brand USA has appointed travel representation and PR consultancy Hills Balfour to act as its agency of record across Europe. Following an in-depth review process initiated by Brand USA in September 2017, Hills Balfour will represent Brand USA’s travel trade interests in France, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in addition to its established responsibilities representing Brand USA in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Hills Balfour will work with Brand USA in Europe to position the United States as a premier travel destination in order to increase visitation, spend and market share for the United States. As part of this effort, Hills Balfour will work collaboratively with its sister agencies on the continent to ensure that all in-market activity represents Brand USA in ways that support its strategies and…
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Fukushima to tourists: Come ride bikes

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(CNN) — It's been over six years since the northeast coast of Japan's Honshu island was hit by a devastating earthquake, leading to a deadly tsunami and nuclear disaster. The hardest hit of all the affected prefectures, Fukushima is still fighting to lure tourists back to its beautiful natural landscapes. Among the locals helping revive the local travel industry is Jun Yamadera, founder of bike share company Fukushima Wheel, based in the prefecture's capital of the same name."In the year of 2011, we have almost no people," says Yamadera. "It really hurt my feelings. That's my main motivation to start this project."Like other bike share systems, Fukushima Wheel encourages citizens and tourists to explore the city on a shared bicycle. But there's so much more to the project. It also…
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Best things to do in Davos, Switzerland

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(CNN) — Park the Porsche. Secure the yacht. It's time to leave the ordinary behind and do your part to improve the state of the world by spending four days in Davos, Switzerland. From January 23 to 26, 2018, the highest city in Europe will once again host the globe's super-powerful during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Hopefully your private plane will land on time for the forum's climate change discussion.If not, you'll be sure to find yourself among other high fliers on the Swiss ski slopes where you can discuss topics such as social inclusion with the invitation-only event elites.Not among the 2,500 top business, political, and intellectual leaders and journalists to travel to this year's forum? Consider yourself lucky: You'll have all the more downtime…
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Qatar Airways expands Thailand options with new Bangkok frequency | News

Qatar Airways expands Thailand options with new Bangkok frequency | News

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Qatar Airways is continuing its expansion in Asia by adding an additional flight to Bangkok, providing its passengers even more flexibility in visiting the Thai capital. The new service to Bangkok, which commences on March 25th, is part of the airline’s continued expansion in south-east Asia, following its launch of direct service to Thailand’s Chiang Mai late last year. The airline is also preparing to launch direct service to the Thai city of Pattaya later this month, as well as service to Penang, Malaysia in February. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce this additional service to Bangkok, one of south-east Asia’s most popular destinations. “With our recent inauguration of direct service to Chiang Mai, and our upcoming launch of direct flights to…
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