WTM recognises responsible tourism

November 17, 2017 by  
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LONDON 17 November 2017: WTM London 2017 closed touting a responsible tourism theme for its final day with the  show recognising the best across six categories in its sustainable tourism awards.

Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana won best in carbon reduction category.

Grootbos in South Africa was best for accommodation. Read more

London crash no link to terrorism

October 9, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 9 October 2017: A man arrested after his car ploughed into pedestrians in London’s museum district, injuring 11 people and sparking fears of a terror attack, was released from custody Sunday, police said.

The 47-year-old was held at the scene of Saturday’s crash on suspicion of dangerous driving, and questioned overnight over what police said was a traffic incident with no link to terrorism.

“This morning, he was released under investigation while enquiries continue,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Read more

London revokes Uber licence

September 26, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 26 September 2017: The head of Uber apologised, Monday, for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision.

“While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote in an open letter.

“On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I’d like to apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.” Read more

Weak pounds pulls travellers

July 31, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 31 July 2017: The weak pound is doing wonders for international air travel to London, according to the latest Forward Keys assessment.

Tourists are arriving in greater numbers and the relative strength of their currency, making the city on average 9% better value, the report says.

Also travellers are apparently overcoming any concerns about recent terror attacks. Read more

World leaders condemn attack

June 5, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 5 June 2017: British and world leaders condemned the London attack Sunday, reacting with both outrage and solidarity, as Pope Francis urged believers in St Peter’s square to pray for the victims.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night,” adding: “There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts”.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the “terrible incident in London” was being treated as “a potential act of terrorism” and said she would hold emergency ministerial talks later in the day. Read more

BA battles IT glitch

May 29, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 29 May 2017: British Airways said it hoped to resume most flights out of London’s major airports on Sunday after a computer systems failure caused chaos for thousands of passengers on a busy holiday weekend.

It warned of some “knock-on disruption” to schedules as aircraft and crews are out of position around the world.

“At this stage we are aiming to operate a near-normal schedule of flights from Gatwick and the majority of our Heathrow services,” it said in a statement. Read more

World leaders condemn UK attack

March 23, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 23 March 2017: World leaders on Wednesday unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they “stand” with Britain.

Four people were killed and 40 injured in the attack outside parliament when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car then leapt out and stabbed a police officer.

In an address outside her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “sick and depraved” saying the assailant chose the site as an assault on Britain’s democratic values. Read more

Dippy the dino dismissed

January 5, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 5 January 2017: The towering replica skeleton of “Dippy” the dinosaur, a star attraction at London’s Natural History Museum for more than 100 years, made its final appearance on Wednesday before being dismantled.

The 292-bone plastercast of a fossilised diplodocus has for decades greeted visitors in the museum’s iconic entrance hall, but is now being replaced by the skeleton of a blue whale.

More than 90 million people have seen “Dippy” since it was presented to the museum by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1905, following the discovery of the skeleton in the US state of Wyoming in 1898. Read more

De Niro turns hotelier

May 17, 2016 by  
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LONDON, 17 May 2016: US actor Robert De Niro is involved in a project to build a new luxury hotel in the heart of London, he has revealed.

The 83-room Wellington Hotel project, if approved, would be built in Covent Garden and is expected to feature a spa and two restaurants.

“London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world,” the 72-year-old star said in a statement released Saturday. Read more