Travel

Back to the Costas: terror fear sees travel industry return to its roots

he string of terror attacks in Europe and further afield since last summer has sent reverberations through the travel industry, but Thomas Cook, arguably Britain’s best known tour operator, has felt the effects more than most. Its chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, has warned the industry is suffering the worst disruption in his 30-year career. The company’s shares lost almost a ...

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Virgin Australia to reduce capacity by 5%

Edited by Nelly Tawil The March quarter brought an $18.6 million underlying loss before tax for Virgin Australia who said it remained on track to post a profit for the full year. However Virgin now expects to report a total underlying profit before tax of $30 million to $60 million this financial year, after reporting an underlying profit before tax ...

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The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Media outlets were quick to note the criminal backgrounds of the perpetrators of last week’sBrussels terror attacks. Drawing comparisons with those who undertook the November 2015Paris attacks, this analysis suggested the rise of a new generation of terrorist recruits who are not “radical Islamists” but “Islamised radicals”. A closer analysis of the perpetrators of recent attacks suggests that Islamic State ...

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International Travel Tips: 7 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia

Australia has always been a mecca for all travelers – business, and leisure. Its natural beauty includes lush rainforests in the north, the remarkable Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef. I interviewed Australian Travel Specialist Alicia Saba of Departure Lounge for her advice before planning your trip to Australia to maximize your experience. Australia’s Landscapes Are Very DiverseAustralia is the ...

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Overheard in business class

SO you’re flying business class. It’s better than economy but you feel like the middle child. You’re not the smallest player on the plane, but you’re certainly not the largest. Business class is fantastic. Certainly better than economy, also known as cattle class. But there are just a few things you want more of. Here are the top first world ...

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Sam Burgess swims with sharks on honeymoon

NRL star Sam Burgess has been swimming with sharks while honeymooning in the Maldives with writer Phoebe Burgess. The pair married just days after Christmas in a ceremony held in the NSW Southern Highlands surrounded by family and friends. The newlyweds have been busy posting images of their holiday to social media showing Phoebe relaxing in the crystal blue water ...

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6 Reasons Mansplaining Should Stop

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘mansplain’: (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.   Notice the key word there, woman, that is right. Interestingly enough it happens more often than most think. Perhaps you haven’t actually REALISED that you have been ‘mansplained’ to yourself. I have been one of the lucky few that ...

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Destination Melbourne: A Sydneysider discovers the hipster capital

ETW Reporter Ursula Melhem shares snippets of her time away in Melbourne. I recently travelled to Melbourne with a group of girlfriends to attend a friend’s birthday. It was my second time travelling to the cold-ridden city in the state of Victoria. Catching our transportation via airlines both ways, Virgin Australia – to and from Sydney – the trips were filled with humorous ...

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Shisha café venues fight to survive

From 6 July 2015, the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 will take full effect and all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW, including hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be smoke free. With less than six months to go before the new laws are implemented, local Sydney eateries and smoking houses are beginning to feel the grunt – particularly Middle Eastern ...

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‘Hayda Lebanon’: The remarkable village where you step back in time

Every summer hundreds flock to visit Hayda Lebanon aka the Village of Tradition in Zaarour, Lebanon. The village acts as portal into Lebanon’s rich cultural past, exhibiting primitive tools, food and entertainment. From the official Papal delegates of Pope Benedict XVI to world diplomats and celebrities, Hayda Lebanon is often deemed ‘a must see’ when discovering the Cedar Forest. Created ...

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