World Health Organization spent more on plane tickets and hotels than AIDS and malaria

The World Health Organization reportedly spent more money last year on traveling around the globe, than they did on actually combating the world’s illnesses. The health agency spent approximately $200 million on plane tickets, hotel accommodation and other travel expenses—more than its combined spending to tackle AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to an investigation by the Associated Press on May 21. The organization may be a global entity, but it is funded by taxpayers via states’ contributions to the United Nations. The allegations around WHO’s travel spending are hard…

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A Guide to Montreal Hotels

Montreal is the largest city in Canada’s Quebec province, and is the most populous city in Quebec. Montreal has a vastly appealing nature – to tourists and to those staying in Canada as well. Being a popular tourist destination because of the large number of major events held in the city, and because of the number of landmarks present, Montreal has become of the most popular cities in the world, and a beloved favourite among many all around the world. Booking a hotel in Montreal is a relatively easy task,…

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Rio and São Paulo states’ top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs

The coast of the adjoining states Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is one of the finest in Brazil, dotted with small tropical islands, beautiful bays, wonderful golden sandy beaches, and backed by mountains covered with virgin Atlantic rain forest. Most of it is still unknown to international tourists, yet this is where residents of Rio and São Paulo (Brazil’s two largest cities, with a joint population of over 30 million) come to relax, party and feel that tropical paradise vibe. It’s not the cheapest part of Brazil, but these…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

Slovenia’s – and now Europe’s – green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture Jože’s special one … Ljubljana’s Triple bridge was completed by celebrated architect Jože Plečnik. Photograph: Alamy As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of…

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Top 10 hotels in the Highlands, Scotland

Activities, both adventurous and relaxing, abound in the Highlands and with these hotel suggestions from a new book, Scotland the Best, great food, hospitality and a good rest are also easy to find Loch and roll … the Glenfinnan House Hotel on the edge at Loch Shiel Glenfinnan House Hotel A Victorian mansion with lawns down to Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument over the water. There’s no shortbread-tin twee or tartan carpet here; instead a warm welcome from the MacFarlanes and managers, the Gibsons, and an atmospheric bar (with…

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Amsterdam Noord: the best galleries, bars, restaurants and hotels

A’DAM Toren, a new multi-venue tower, is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s creative hub, where a former shipyard and warehouses have been transformed into the city’s coolest waterfront district Tower time …The 22-storey A’dam Toren, former home of Shell, now houses clubs, bars and a restaurant. A’DAM Toren The landmark tower, Toren Overhoeks, will reopen in early May as A’DAM Toren – Amsterdam Dance And Music. The former home of Shell, the 22-storey waterfront tower will have clubs, bars, cafes, a revolving restaurant, a 360-degree observation deck, offices and a…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of a sophisticated waste management system (Ljubljana was the first EU capital to adopt a zero-waste programme) and the creation of new green spaces from degraded urban land, to electrically powered golf buggy-type vehicles (kavalirs) offering free transport around the old town, which is otherwise closed…

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Hotels try new ‘things’ all the time but Melissa Hoyer never thought a bowling alley would star in London’s coolest hotel

THIS is a hotel with so many elements of surprise it just keeps giving and giving. From the heaving and buzzy bar to a smartypants and elegant library bar to an hypoxic gym and a theatrette, the Ham Yard hotel is a self-contained community right in the middle of what is the coolest part of London: Soho. But the one thing that really got me going? The bowling alley. Yup. I’ve seen some pretty interesting hotel additions in my travels but this is certainly one of the quirkiest. And cutest….

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Celebrate Presidents Day Like the Head of State at These 5 Hotels

With Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day falling on back to back days this February, the upcoming holiday weekend is shaping up to be a busy one for travel. For those planning a holiday getaway, here are five U.S. hotels where you’re guaranteed to feel like the leader of the free world. Hilton Chicago Where: Chicago, Illinois This historic hotel in downtown Chicago dates back to the 1920s and has hosted a dozen presidents over the years. President Harry Truman (1945-1953) was the first president to experience Hilton Chicago’s 5,000-square-foot Conrad…

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