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The best hotels opening in 2015

Architectural wonder: Sunrise Kempinksi, Beijing is due to open in December.

However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please with spectacular renovations and innovative technologies.

Qantas cuts fuel surcharges

NO CHANGE: Fares will stay the same unless passengers are booking with frequent flyer points.

Qantas has cut fuel surcharges on its international flights but it doesn't mean you'll be able to get cheaper fares.

Dubai holds US$1b shopping festival

SHOPPING FESTIVAL: Russian performers at Dubai Festival City during the shopping event.

Russian shoppers are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival, but visitors from elsewhere are still coming.

IAG's $2bn bid for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Airbus A320

Aer Lingus board set to recommend $NZ2billion takeover offer from the owner of British Airways.

Where feet are better than wheels

Soaking in the sunset at the top of the waterfall at Gunlom Gunlom, Kakadu National Park.

It might sound daunting, but Kakadu is the best place for learning to stand - and walk - on your own two feet.

The brilliance of Brighton

Brighton Beach boxes, England.

It's easy to see why this cheeky British seaside resort lures thousands of visitors every year.

Best cities with the worst reputations

Marseille harbor with its famous Notre Dame church, France.

They're mad and bad, unclean and mean - or so the story goes. These are the cities with the worst reputation in the world.

Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

The perfect arty escape from Tokyo

The Woods of Net by Toshiko Horiuchi.

The stunning Hakone Open Air Museum is as far from stuffy as you can get and adds another dimension to a weekend spa escape from Tokyo.

Passengers ordered off

Sydney airport

Passengers ordered off flight to Melbourne after tradesman leaves a screwdriver at Christchurch Airport.

100 years protecting nature

Rocky Mountains National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating record numbers of visitors as it marks its 100th anniversary.

Eurostar adding new routes

ON A ROLL: Eurostar marked its twentieth anniversary in November last year.

Eurostar plan new routes and faster trains in a bid to beat low-cost carriers in the race for bookings.

This is not the Tour de France

Scenic route: Cycling in New Ireland.

Nothing beats being greeted like a star when you're hot, sweaty and covered in dirt on Papua New Guinea's main cycling route.

What to expect in Havana

CLASSIC: Iconic yesteryear Fords, Dodges and Chevys parade Havana's boulevards.

Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms, writes Bradley Klapper.

Do holidays really make us happier?

SMILING FACES: For many, the holiday high kicks in long before they actually go on vacation.

When it comes to holidays it seems it's not necessarily the beaches, sunshine or freedom from our usual routine that makes us happy.

Sydney at full throttle

FLOORING IT: Burning the bitumen in the V8 Supercar series in Homebush.

An action-packed trip across the Tasman can leave you with adrenaline overload and tastebuds on fire.

Top 10 Australian experiences gallery

True North Kimberley.

The ultimate Australian bucket-list. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences you need to cross off your list.

Expedia buys Travelocity

Expedia LAX to NRT listings with Routehappy Scores.

Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity $375.5 million in cash.

Keep calm and carry on travelling

airport, travel

Some may call it 'a new age of terror', but we have always had to put our trust in strangers when we travel.

The American who is the future of NZ tourism

TOLKIEN FAN: Liz Carlson in Hobbiton.

From Washington DC to Wanaka, travel blogger Liz Carlson is promoting New Zealand to her thousands of followers.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

Fastest hotel in the world

FASTEST HOTEL: The Tesla Model S luxury car available on Airbnb

For motorheads who can't afford to drive a Tesla Model S luxury car, there's always the cheaper option of sleeping in one. 

King Tut's beard glued back on

A golden funerary mask of King Tutankhamun is on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The blue and gold braided beard of famed pharaoh was hastily glued back on after being knocked off during cleaning.

Planes should carry improved technology

The aircraft's black box.

US accident investigators recommend all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology.

US backs new airline warning system


The US will support the UN's proposal to share information about risks to aircraft over conflict zones.

Death came in a bundle of cloth

BATTLING THE PLAGUE: The boundary stone where all food and supplies to Eyam were left.

A tailor who ordered a bale of cloth unwittingly triggered a chain of events that led to 260 villagers dying.

Aotearoa perfect opposites

PICTURE PERFECT: The Lewis Pass National Reserve in Canterbury.

Eleanor Catton ponders the limitations of words in capturing the power of the land of the long white cloud.

Legacy of the silent warriors

STILL WATERS: Behind its serene exterior, some of World War 2's most important breakthroughs happened at Bletchley Park.

Spies and computers - what could there be to dislike at Bletchley Park?

The curse of the flower poo

TRAVEL TERRORS: Oh god I can't cope with any more going to the loo. And that was just the beginning.

A Southeast Asian adventure is ruined by an illness, a worm and and an itch that can't be scratched.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Snorkelers interact with a Florida Manatee inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

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