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Golden Princess largest cruise ship to be based in Melbourne

Golden Princess

Annie Dang 11:32am Golden Princess will be the biggest cruise ship to hit Melbourne.


London's first skyscraper hotel: Shangri-La to open at the Shard

Indoor swimming pool

8:53am Shangri-La hotel brings Asian-style comfort and luxury to Western Europe's global city.


Planes, porn and racism: Travel's biggest Twitter fails

Justine Sacco's Twitter post.

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 10:38am You won't believe what some travellers - and travel companies - have done on Twitter.

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Italy's 'haunted' island up for auction


Tom Kington Italy is hoping to transform the "haunted" island into a holiday spot with a luxury hotel.

Couple convert a plane into guest accommodation in Great Southern

The plane is being converted into guest accommodation.

ALEISHA ORR If the DC-3 aeroplane that will soon act as an alternative accommodation option on a rural West Australian property could speak to its guests, it would have some interesting stories to tell.

Pack your bags, Queensland campaign combats the Ita effect

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CAMERON ATFIELD The Queensland government has launched a new campaign to encourage tourists back into the state, following a wave of publicity dominated by tropical cyclone Ita.

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Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek: how to get it right

Qantas planes at Sydney Airport.

ANTHONY DENNIS Sydney needs a second airport, not a second-class one. We should learn from the world's best.

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Wicked Campers 'Fat chicks are harder to kidnap' slogan breached advertising standards: watchdog

Wicked Campers.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Brisbane-based Wicked Campers was found to have made light of abduction by splashing the slogan “Fat chicks are harder to kidnap” on one of its vehicles.

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New Airbus A350 jet's interiors unveiled

The interior of the business class of the new Airbus A350 XWB.

Airbus has shown off the interiors for its new A350 plane for the first time.


Luxury Paris hotel Le Lutetia closes for renovation

Le Lutetia

Paris's landmark luxury hotel Le Lutetia, whose guest included Pablo Picasso and James Joyce closes for three-year renovation.


US Airways sorry for tweet with porn image

US Airways porn tweet

Airline responds to passenger's complaint about flight delay with a pornographic image.

Air travel

US airline Allegiant Air offers new 'Giant Seat' option

Allegiant Air's new

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has rolled out a roomier seat dubbed the "Giant Seat."

Air travel

Passengers tackle man who tried to open door on Southwest Airlines flight

Southwest Airlines.

Omaha, Nebraska: A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight is facing federal charges because he tried to open a door.


Austria: Tourists can live like royalty at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace

The opulent Schoenbrunn Palace will open its doors to tourists looking to spend the night like Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi.

Tourists to Vienna can spend a night living like royalty by booking a suite at the Schoenbrunn Palace.


The rise of China's penny-pinching budget airlines

A crew member of Spring Airlines talks with travellers.

The chairman of Spring Airlines requires his employees to use both sides of a sheet of paper before throwing it away and even removed most of the bulbs lighting the corridor to his office - all part of his quest to save money.


Which hotel has the best loyalty program?

Maid with pillows at a luxury hotel.

Marriott's frequent-guest program ranks No. 1 among hotel loyalty programs, shows a new consumer survey released Friday.

Wet weather leaves passengers stranded at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport may not be able to cope with growing demand in the future.

Patrick Hatch Passengers were stranded at Melbourne Airport overnight as wet weather delayed and cancelled flights.

Food & wine

I know this great little place ...Virgilio Martinez

Virgilio Martinez.

NINA KARNIKOWSKI Chef Virgilio Martinez, a former pro skateboarder, is known for applying modern cooking techniques to native Peruvian ingredients from the Andes and the Amazon.

Naval gazing: Sheraton returns to Melbourne

Sheraton Melbourne's outdoor terrace bar.

Jane Reddy After a nine-year absence, the Sheraton brand has returned to Melbourne tucked in at the posh end of town on the old Naval and Military Club site on Little Collins Street.


Deals of the week: Club Med Bali

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JULIETTA JAMESON Book seven nights and pay for only five at Club Med Bali.


Chinese airline to use Avalon airport as base

Avalon Airport terminal.

A Chinese airline will use Victoria's Avalon Airport as a base under a new deal that could allow passengers to fly direct to China.


Epic fail: Singapore tourism ad pulled after ridicule

Worst tourism ad ever? (Thumbnail)

Kylie McLaughlin Singapore Tourism Board pulls embarrassingly bad ad after online ridicule.

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Air travel

The future of plane cabins on show

A tablet computer holder installed in the back of an airline seat is displayed at the Recaro booth during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

Innovative flight ideas that are expected to win more airline customers.

Space tourism

Space tourism: less expensive options coming your way...

World View ?ights

John O'Ceallaigh A less publicised and relatively inexpensive alternative to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic “spaceline” is due to begin operations in 2016.


Luke Nguyen to open restaurant on Russian cruise ship

Luke Nguyen

Sue Bennett Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will open a restaurant on a cruise ship sailing Russia's Volga River.


New-look Paris zoo reopens with 'fewer cages'

An African lion is seen at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris April 8, 2014.

Paris zoo trumpet's an unparalleled, top-to-bottom renovation that offers fewer fences and cages for visitors.


European tourists no longer the world's biggest spenders

Tourist in France

Tourists from this particular region have become the world's highest spending travellers.

New Zealand

Man with blood on clothes arrives at New Zealand airport


OLIVIA WANNAN A passenger has arrived at Wellington Airport with blood-splattered clothes alarmed officials.

Air travel

Tigerair introduces 'Infrequent Flyer' scheme

Tigerair's 'Infrequent Flyers' ad.

Kylie McLaughlin Tigerair has launched a new ‘rewards’ program for its passengers.


American Airlines introduces changes to frequent flyer program

American Airlines

American Airlines revamped frequent flyer program is a mixed bag of good and bad news for customers

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