Living the Bedouin way

NEGEV IN ISRAEL OFFERS LUXURY CAMPING AND DESERT ACTIVITIES ISRAEL is promoting luxury camping trips, Bedouin hospitality and challenging outdoor ac­tivities like dune surfing as the country seeks to bolster tourism to its vast and largely undevel­oped Negev desert region. In addition, a new international airport is rising from the desert floor 18 kilometres (11 […]

Destination Dubai

by HOWARD ROBIN SUN, SEA AND ARCHITECTURE DRAW TOURISTS TO MODERN METROPOLIS IT’S the holiday destination of choice for many British Asians, a second home to count­less Bollywood stars and a place where some 1.5 million people from the Indian subconti­nent live and work. In little more than a decade, Dubai has meta­morphosed from being […]

Crystal clear visitor vision

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION AIMS TO BRING TOURISTS TO REMOTE VIETNAM HILLS HUGE crowds trekked to the remote rice terraces of northern Vietnam to see a “crystal cloud” installation featuring 58,000 shimmer­ing beads aimed at boost­ing tourism in a region better known for agricul­ture than bling-inspired public art. Local farmers mingled with curious tourists last month […]

Halal hotels ‘a big draw’

TURKEY’S ISLAMIC-FRIENDLY RESORTS SPARK BOOM TURKEY’S $26 billion (£19bn) tourism industry is quietly growing as beach holidays for conserv­ative Muslims become popular. Dozens of hotels and resorts on Turkey’s shores, featuring separate pools and beaches for men and women to meet religious strictures on modesty, are attracting families from Turkey, the Middle East and Muslim […]

Jewel in the crown of love

by NADEEM BADSHAH WILL YOUNG ROYALS EXPLORE INDIA’S TOP ATTRACTIONS DURING THEIR HONEY PRINCE Harry and the Duchess of Sussex are set to join the thousands of Britons who jet off to see the Taj Mahal in India as part of a tour, according to royal insiders. The couple are believed to be considering going […]

Full steam ahead

by ANDY MARINO ONE part of the travel industry that has been making waves recently is luxury cruising. It has never been so popular, and bearing in mind the astonishing growth in numbers of both passen­gers and new ships, there are no signs of the sector slowing down. Leisure cruising was worth $23.3 billion (£17.5bn) […]

Fun in the winter sun

by HOWARD ROBIN INDIAN BEACHES OFFER VISITORS GOLDEN SANDS, TASTY CUISINE AND WATER SPORTS WHETHER it’s lazing on a sun-kissed beach in Goa, swimming in the cerulean waters of the Andaman Islands or bask­ing in the glorious sunsets of Kerala, taking a winter break in sunny climes could be just what the doctor ordered. In […]

Monsoon revival

RAINS SIGNAL TOURISM SEASON IN FLOODPLAIN CAMBODIAN VILLAGE EACH monsoon, the soaring stilts that hold up the houses of Kampong Phluk prove their worth, as the dusty Cambodian village is transformed into a deep waterway. The village, a short ride from the ancient Angkor ruins, is on the floodplain of southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle […]

Ultra long haul flight of fancy?

QANTAS AMONG AIRLINES LOOKING FOR PLANES TO CLOSE ‘TYRANNY OF DISTANCE’ PLANEMAKERS gave a glimpse of the ultra-long-distance jets of the future last Sunday (3) as they work to meet a demanding goal from Australia’s Qantas to connect Sydney and London in a non-stop 20-hour flight. As global airline leaders gather for an annual confer­ence in […]