Saint Helena, one of the most inaccessible islands where Napoleon was exiled, opens to tourism

Made famous by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there from 1815 until his death in 1821, the island of Saint Helena has long been too remote to be affected by tourism. But this may be about to change. From October 14, the South African company Airlink will begin weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight time will be about six hours with a stopover in Namibia. Until now, the tiny British territory was only accessible by boat. Located in the South Atlantic to the West of the…

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Long weekend: Delhiites spending in lakhs to make the most of their extended break

There are many ways to celebrate Independence Day, but this year’s long weekend has allowed Delhiites to celebrate the day by opting for international getaways with their families. This weekend, which is followed by Janamashtami (on August 14) and Independence Day (August 15), is allowing people four days off on which they are planning exotic trips. Travel agents in the city say that Dilliwallahs are spending around a lakh, at least, to plan their getaways People with high budgets are going to places like Europe, Australia and South Africa, spending…

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Make the most of Mumbai’s monsoons: 10 dream trekking trails through the Sahyadris

As the monsoons approach, Maharashtra’s native mountain range, the Sahyadri, becomes the hottest trekking attraction. Courtesy the forts and caves along the way, stunning hilltop views and a chance to escape the city’s constant buzz, monsoon trekking is an easily accessible adventure sport, that also makes for the perfect weekend getaway. From Harishchandragad in Ratnagiri, to Sandhan Valley in Bhandardara, here are a few picturesque peaks to conquer for both, beginner and pro mountaineers. 1) Korigad, Lonavla, Pune district Korigad was a stronghold of the Marathas. (HT File Photo ) Level: Easy…

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Most Delhi University colleges to come up with second list, Eco (hons) in SRCC full

Delhi University colleges resumed the undergraduate admission process on Tuesday with many colleges, including those in the North and South campus, saying they may come up with a second cutoff list. But at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), there will be no second list for Economics (hons). The college has already filled its 123 seats for the subject. “Out of the total 624 seats, we approved admissions on 470 seats. BCom (hons) has 501 seats and 470 are already full. In Economics (hons) we have approved admissions for 130. There may…

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Italy, UK and France among the most popular summer destinations for wealthy jetsetters

When money is no obstacle, and the world is your pearl-studded oyster, wealthy travellers are more apt to jet off to Italy than any other destination. That’s according to the luxury travel agency network Virtuoso, which looked at the most popular destinations sought by their wealthiest clients in the US at member agencies around the world. For the list, experts looked at bookings made for this summer through their network which, so far, total more than $39.7 billion in transactions. South Africa is also a favourite among travellers, notably for…

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Goa India’s most preferred travel destination; Manali, Shimla in top 10: Report

Be it winter or summer, Indians do not seem to get enough of Goa. A new Google India report released on Wednesday shows that Goa remains the most preferred destination within the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% year-on-year growth. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the top 10 destinations list, according to the report based on searches conducted by Indians between February and April 2017. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the…

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The Metric (that most hoteliers ignore) that can significantly impact your revenues

When most hoteliers consider their revenue management metrics, they most likely think about RevPAR, ADR and occupancy. Perhaps, they would also think about historical and current local demand. But for the majority of hoteliers, their property’s star rating wouldn’t even occur to them (beyond when they initially start working with an OTA and are creating their profile). What many hoteliers forget is that a property’s star rating is a hugely important factor, both in marketing your property and in determining the best price for your rooms on a given day…

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Shocking divorce rates at world’s most popular wedding destinations

WEDDINGS in Australia cost upwards of $65,482, so it’s no surprise many couples are casting their eyes overseas for cheaper alternatives. In places like Fiji, Bali and Phuket, you can have an extravagant ceremony on a picturesque beach for less than half the price. The Cook Islands and Vanuatu are also rising favourites, as well as European destinations like Paris, Italy, and the Greek island of Santorini. Let’s face it: you’re better off shelling out a few grand for airfares and taking off with your close family and friends than…

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Most literate nation in the world? Not the US, new world ranking says

  Study found that Nordic countries are among the most literate in the world, but countries in the Western Hemisphere didn’t do well. Corbis (Correction: Central Connecticut State University has released a corrected version of the rankings. The US moves up from 11th to 7th.) A new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who’s Number one? Finland. The study, conducted by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, analyses trends in literate behaviour and literacy in more than 60…

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Paul Blomfield voted 2015’s most inspiring leader in higher education

Blomfield, a backbench Labour MP, founded the all-party parliamentary group on students, which has allowed undergraduates to have their voices heard Paul Blomfield MP, who has won cross-party admiration for his work on higher education. Photograph: Richard Gardner / Rex Features Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central and secretary of the all-party parliamentary universities group, has been voted 2015’s most inspiring leader in higher education. The aim of the award is to recognise inspirational leadership in the universities sector. The judges looked for people who champion innovation and collaboration, deliver…

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