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Qatar Airways launches all-business class service to Middle East

Qatar Airways has announced that it is to start a new all-business class service from London to the Middle East, making it the first airline to consider such a move in this part of the world 

New Etihad A380 to feature a luxury three-room suite

Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has announced an intention to install a three-room suite on the forward upper deck of its latest A380 aircraft as part of its revamped First Class product.    

Strong pound means travellers are going further for value

With sterling at its strongest for five years, travellers are discovering that they might have to go further to secure the best value for their pound.

British Airways announces cheaper Day Tripper fares

British Airways has launched a series of 'affordable day trip' tickets for passengers wanting to explore a popular city destination in Europe for a day and then fly back, giving them the longest away day possible without …

Heston Blumenthal for Heathrow Terminal 2

June 2014 will see multi-award winning chef Heston Blumenthal open the Perfectionists' Café in the newly redeveloped Heathrow Terminal 2.

Stronger pound means better holiday value for British travellers

With British holidaymakers continuing to demand great value along with exceptional experiences, the news that the pound continues to strengthen against other currencies on the back of Britain's economic recovery comes as …

Everest fees cut in Nepal

Everest has become the ultimate tick in terms of adventure tourism and a serious prize. There is though a substantial cost associated with any asscent. However, from next year permits for climbs originating in Nepal will …

In the company of Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The world's greatest explorer opens a new chapter for WEXAS Travel on London's Southbank WEXAS Travel was very proud to host Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world's greatest living explorer and WEXAS Travel honorary president, …

New 2014 travel writing competition launched

The British Guild of Travel Writers today announced the details of its popular, annual New Travel Writers competition. The deadline is 20 January 2014 for 850-word features by UK-based writers who have not previously had …

Unique Chachapoyas sarcophagi found in Peru

Archaeologists have unearthed 35 sarcophagi belonging to the Chachapoyas culture in Peru's northern Amazonas region.

Northern Lights in Norway tops Brit's must see list

According to research conducted by online comparison site TravelSupermarket, British holidaymakers most want to see the Northern Lights in Norway. The Aurora Borealis tops the bucket list ahead of more traditional …

Ecuador’s Tren Crucero wins prestigious tourism award

The British Guild of Travel Writers, the UK's leading organisation for travel media professionals, has awarded its 'Wider World' prize to the development and relaunch of the Tren Crucero in Ecuador.

Air New Zealand launches new Hobbit themed video

Air New Zealand, Official Airline of Middle-earth, has launched a new video, Just Another Day in Middle-earth, which features airline staff and actors from the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, aimed at showing …

Val Thorens named best ski resort in the world

Ski professionals, ski tour operators and travel agents came together in Kitzbühel, Austria's legendary winter sports Mecca, to announce the results of the World Ski Awards, awarding the title of world's best ski resort …

Fire alarms cause commotion at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Sweden's IceHotel, located in the small Artic town of Jukkasjarvi in the far north of the country, has welcomed guests through its frozen doors since 1990. For the first time this year however, in what appears to be a …

Torres del Paine selected as Eighth Wonder of the World

Travel research website and community VirtualTourist has concluded a survey to discover the Eighth Wonder of the World. More than 300 entries were nominated from over 50 countries but after more than 5 million worldwide …

100-year anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace’s death

To mark the 100-year anniversary of pioneering explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace's death, the Natural History Museum has unveiled a statue of the man credited with the co-discovery of the theory of evolution …

South Africa launches new tourism campaign for 2014

South Africa tourism has launched a new campaign for 2014, which is set to be a significant year for the country as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment and the 20th anniversary of his …

Florida's beaches to appear on Google Street View

Florida's 825 miles of beach will be available on Google's Street View from 1 March 2014.

New South Wales reopens after bush fires

Following a spate of bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, fire services have worked hard to contain and control the blazes and the New South Wales Environment & Heritage department has issued a statement saying …

UK storms cause travel disruption and flight cancellations at Heathrow

Severe storms hit the south of England overnight and on the morning of 28 October, causing severe travel disruption and flight cancellations. 

British storm warning could disrupt travel

Weather forecasters are predicting heavy winds for the UK on Monday 28 October. The forecast is for strong hurricane type winds and heavy rain, which have the potential to disrupt travel.

Japan launches luxurious sleeper train

Luxury train travel has arrived in Japan with the launch of Seven Stars in Kyushu. Japan's first hi-tech luxury sleeper train started operations on 15 October 2013, offering journeys exclusively on the southern island of …

British Museum hosts gold exhibition from Colombia

The British Museum has launched its latest exhibition, Beyond El Dorado, which features 200 artefacts from Bogotá's Museo del Oro (Museum of Gold) and showcases the mystery and majesty of ancient Colombia before the …

New Zealand's Milford Track turns 125

The Milford Track in New Zealand, described as, 'the finest walk in the world' is set to enjoy its 125th anniversary. The five-day/four-night track traverses the heart of the wild fjord country on New Zealand's South …

Foreign Office lifts Madagascar travel warning

Travel to Madagascar back on the agenda for British travellers as Foreign Office advisory notice imposed in the wake of the murder of two Europeans on the island of Nosy Be is lifted.

Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands now on Google Street View

Google has added the extraordinary landscapes of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands to Google Street View. As in other street view projects, you can now explore the islands from your computer, with the ability to zoom in and …

Dolman Travel Book of the Year won jointly for first time

The Author's' Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2013 has been won jointly by Kathleen Jamie  for Sightlines and Robert Macfarlane for the Old Ways, the first time in the award's history that the prize has been  …

P&O Cruises name new ship Britannia

P&O Cruises have announced that they will name their new, £500 million cruise ship Britannia, making it the third ship called Britannia connected to the company

Kenya ‘safe’ but travellers to Nairobi warned to be vigilant

Kenya tourism authorities have sought to reassure travellers of the country's safety. The cabinet secretary for East Africa Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie, reassured visitors that tourist facilities are continuing …

Peru restaurant named Best Restaurant in Latin America

Lima's Astrid & Gaston restaurant, owned by chefs Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche, was named the Cusqueña Best Restaurant in Latin America

New Year's Day in Ethiopia

Today, 11 September, is New Year's Day according to Ethiopia's calendar.

Silversea Cruises launch new expedition-style cruise ship

Silversea Cruises has announced that the company will be adding an additional ship to its fleet, bringing the total to eight luxury vessels and meaning that Silversea now have three Expedition style ships. The new ship …

Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

Centuries-old wrecks found off Queensland

Three 18th-century shipwrecks have been found on the Great Barrier Reef in the past four months.

Extraordinary Mayan sculpture discovered in Guatemala

Archeologists working in a Mayan pyramid in Guatemala have discovered an "extraordinary" stucco sculpture depicting gods and Mayan leaders.

Qantas celebrates 75 years of flying boats

Qantas is this week celebrating the 75th anniversary of its first Short Empire flying boat services to Singapore, which took off from Sydney's first international airport at Rose Bay on 04 August 1938 and landed in …

Hidden Realms, Sacred Places exhibition to open in Chiang Mai

‘Hidden Realms, Sacred Places', an exhibition by British born photographer Martin Reeves is set to open later this month at Tamarind Village Chiang Mai.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap opens

Siem Reap's Hotel de la Paix, formerly one of Cambodia's most feted properties, has re-opened as the Park Hyatt Siem Reap following a 14-month renovation by award-winning interior designer Bill Bensley.

Mandarin Oriental Shanghai to offer Segway tours

The Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai has teamed up with Segway to offer Shanghai's first waterfront Segway touring experience.

The Museum of Jordan opens

The Museum of Jordan has opened in the country's capital, Amman.

Australian time-lapse video released

An Australian photographer and videographer has created a time-lapse video of some of Australia's best attractions, after nine months, 43,000kms and 300,000 photos.

Wild tiger number increase in Nepal

Wild tiger numbers in Nepal have increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has found.

Blue Train adds Durban departures

The operator of South Africa's luxury Blue Train has announced that it will be adding two scheduled departures to Durban in September and November.

Wilderness Safaris announces opening of Pelo Camp

Wilderness Safaris has announced the opening of Pelo Camp in a remote part of the Jao Concession on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

BA A380 service for Johannesburg

British Airways has announced plans to operate the A380 superjumbo on flights to South Africa from February next year.

British Airways new Airbus A380 arrives at Heathrow

British Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Thursday 4 July, making it the first UK airline to add the aircraft to its fleet. The arrival is part of a £10bn upgrade project that also sees British Airways …

British Airways take delivery of new A380

British Airways introduced the A380 and the B787 yesterday.... WEXAS's managing director, Steve Allen, had a sneak preview of the A380 and shares his reactions below:

New UNESCO biosphere reserve for Ecuador

Ecuador's Macizo El Cajas has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The area incorporates the Cajas National Park and crosses four Ecuadorian provinces: Azuay, Cañar, Guayas and El Oro. It incorporates a million …

Government advises against all but essential travel to Egypt

The UK government has updated it travel advice for Egypt amid growing protests inside the country and uncertainty over an ultimatum issued by the Army General for the President to step down.

London Underground comes to the ICEHOTEL

The guest designs for next year's ICEHOTEL have been announced with the London Underground due to take centre stage.

Croatia joins the European Union

On 1 July Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union, just two decades after the country's brutal war of independence.

National Ceviche Day, June 28

June 28 is Independence Day in Peru - it's also National Ceviche Day; learn how to make the perfect ceviche with restaurateur Martin Morales.

El Questro named best Outback experience

El Questro Homestead has been voted the Best Outback Experience at the 2013 Australian Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards, one of Australia's most prestigious travel awards.

Last chance to see a European Solar Eclipse until 2026

Tickets go on sale today for the Fred.Olsen Black Watch cruise to see the European Solar Eclipse in 2015, the last chance to see a European Solar Eclipse until 2026.

Royal Princess naming ceremony

Royal Princess Launched in June 2013, the new Royal Princess features a host of new and innovative features on the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. Watch our 'first look' photo slide show, featuring public …

Guide to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

After being a sell out event and surpassing all expectations in its launch year, Margaret River Gourmet Escape is back by popular demand and bigger than ever before. From November 22 - 24 of this year Margaret River …

Third day of French air strikes cancelled

A third day of strikes by French air traffic controllers has been called off after union officials cited encouraging support from the French and German governments against EU proposals for the creation of a single …

French air traffic controllers to strike

French air traffic controllers have announced plans for three days of strike action this week, which will see a up to 50% of services between Britain and France cancelled.

Whales return to Western Australia

Southern Right and Humpback whales have arrived with a splash in the waters off Cape Leeuwin, Augusta in Margaret River. This June long weekend marks the commencement of the whale watching season in Flinders Bay, Augusta …

Nitmiluk Gorge opened for canoeing season

Following a late wet season, NT Parks and Wildlife has conducted a full check of the Nitmiluk Gorge and officially opened it for canoeing and swimming. The Gorge is one of the most picturesque places to canoe in …

Heathrow terminal 2 to open next year

Heathrow's new Terminal 2 will open in a year's time, it has been announced. The new terminal will open on 04 June 2014 and will eventually serve 20 million passengers a year. It will be home to 23 Star Alliance …

American Airlines to introduce advance meal reservation

American Airlines is to introduce advance meal reservations on all flights with scheduled meal services.

Re-opening of Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, Sri Lanka

Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, Sri Lanka has announced the completion of an extensive £8 million renovation.

Photo highlights from Vivid Sydney festival

The fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival (24 May - 10 June) has opened with amazing 3D-mapped light projections lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House.    

Vivid Sydney transforms the harbour city

The fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival (24 May - 10 June) has opened with amazing 3D-mapped light projections lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

New metro network for Saudi Arabia

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced plans to build a six-line metro system in just four years to serve Riyadh's fast-growing population.

First cheetah cubs born wild in Namibia's Okonjima Nature Reserve

One of four captive cheetahs released into the Okonjima Nature Reserve by the AfriCat Foundation has given birth to three cubs, the first such success for the program.

Makepeace Island to become hotel

Makepeace Island, the luxury villa property built on the Noosa River in Queensland by Richard Branson, is set to become a "fully fledged boutique hotel".

By the Lake, Tasmania

Phipps has lived all his life in Tasmania. Discover more about his life by the lake in this serene three-minute video. It's beautifully shot and very inspiring.

Virgin Atlantic to return to Vancouver

Virgin Atlantic has announced the return of flights to Vancouver this summer after a successful first season.    

Ambergris Caye named world's best island

Ambergris Caye in Belize has been named ‘Top Island in the World' by TripAdvisor at its annual Travellers' Choice Awards 2013.

Business menu for Perth flyers

Qantas domestic business customers will soon experience an international standard a la carte menu on all flights from the east coast of Australia to Perth.

Air New Zealand to improve LAX transit experience

Air New Zealand passengers can look forward to a better ground experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including a much improved transit process.

Tanjong Jara Resort offers new deep sea dive experiences

Malaysia's Tanjong Jara Resort has announced the appointment of a new dive operator to enhance the marine experiences available at this east coast gem.

Spicers shines in Queensland Good Food Guide awards

Three properties within the Spicers Retreats group have walked away with an impressive total of four Chef Hats at the 2013 Queensland Good Food Guide awards.

Japan: Tohoku region recovery

In a further sign that Japan's earthquake-hit Tohoku region is now getting back on its feet after the devastation caused in March 2011, transport chiefs are celebrating a number of railway achievements.

Vietnam Airlines announces fifth weekly service

Vietnam Airlines has announced it will add a fifth weekly service from Gatwick Airport during the summer season.

Happy anniversary, Mr Bond

It's 60 years since Ian Fleming published his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, and introduced the world to James Bond, the gun-toting, globetrotting British secret agent.

The latest food and wine trends hitting Melbourne

Melbourne's food and wine scene is constantly evolving with new cafés, bars and restaurants opening in the city and its surrounding precincts on a weekly basis. Old dining stalwarts continue to raise the bar with high …

Qantas unveils new Singapore lounge

Qantas today unveiled its new Singapore Lounge, offering Qantas customers the highest standards of luxury when travelling through the city.

Wildflowers to bloom in Western Australia

Western Australia is home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers, more than the rest of Australia combined, which are in bloom for around six months of the year.

World's longest cycling trail now open in WA

The Munda Biddi trail, the world's longest most continuous off-road cycling track, is now officially open.

Balearic eco car hire tax

Authorities in the Balearic Islands are proposing a new eco tax on car rentals in a bid to help rebalance the budget in 2013.

New Orleans Jazz Fest announces star-studded line-up

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returns for two weekends from 26 April to 05 May and features a star-studded line-up.

200th anniversary of the birth of Livingstone

Explorer and WEXAS Honorary president Colonel John Blashford-Snell will be hosting an illustrated lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 28 March to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David …

Brand USA launches sports calendar

Brand USA, the tourism marketing body for the United States of America, has teamed up with ESPN to produce an online sports calendar which is now live on the consumer website, DiscoverAmerica.com.

Havana hosts World Congress on Art Deco

This week, for the first time, Cuba’s capital will host the World Congress on Art Deco, which runs from 14-21 March 2013.

Whale sharks on their way to Ningaloo

Ningaloo's whale shark season is set to start in Exmouth and Coral Bay soon, with most tours officially underway from around the middle of March.

EL Questro Wilderness Park re-opens for the 2013

El Questro Wilderness Park, located in WA's spectacular Kimberley region, will re-open at the end of March. Re-emerging after the annual wet season, El Questro Homestead will be the first accommodation to open (March …

New Perth restaurant openings

Western Australia's sunny capital Perth is experiencing something of a boom lately. Here's a round-up of the city's latest bar, café and restaurant openings.

Young Indigenous stockmen saddle up for polo

The 2013 Pinctada Cable Beach Polo will feature the inaugural Kimberley Challenge as one of the showcase matches of its tournament. The Kimberley Challenge will see young Indigenous stockmen team up with leading polo …

Coffee crazy Melbourne

This year Melbourne takes its passion for coffee to new heights with two world-class events and the continuing emergence of new cafes and roasters across the city.

Red Carpet Route for BA A380

British Airways' first Airbus A380 will fly on the 'Red Carpet Route' to Los Angeles, with tickets going on sale today.

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