HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

How technology will change the way we travel in 2024

In 10 years, travelers will be able to test out the waters of the Great Barrier Reef or the Dead Sea using virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift before booking their trip.

London named world's best sporting city 2014

London has scored the title of Ultimate Sports City 2014 in a ranking that looks at the world’s best cities for hosting sporting events. It’s the second consecutive time that the British capital has taken the title in SportsBusiness International's Ultimate Sports Cities Awards.

New-look Paris Zoo opens in Mumbai

Paris Zoo reopened its gates on Saturday (April 12) after a six-year revamp to shed its image as a traditional city zoo and change how humans see wild animals.

Imphal's heritage trails: war memorials, airfields

A bitter fight in Imphal, which is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War, took place 70 years ago.

Croatia to Iceland: follow in the footsteps of Game of Thrones

The fourth season of Game of Thrones is finally on the air, and fans aren't the only ones celebrating. Tourism agencies in countries, where parts of the show have been filmed, are seizing the opportunity to attract visitors to some of the sites seen on the small screen.

Westerners head to Gabon for drug-fueled 'spiritual' tourism

Some in Gabon believe the bitter iboga root comes from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Today, a growing number of Westerners are travelling to the central African country to sample it themselves as part of an ancestral rite called Bwiti.

Sir Richard Branson's first Virgin Hotel to open in Chicago

After planes, trains and spaceships, business and media mogul Sir Richard Branson has revealed new details on his latest travel-related venture: Virgin Hotels. The inaugural Virgin Hotel is slated to open in Chicago's central business district, The Loop, and feature 210 rooms, 38 suites, and 2 'Rock Star' rooms.

Extreme travel ideas for daredevils in 2014

Adrenaline junkies looking for their next travel adventure may want to consider consulting a new list of extreme destinations for 2014 that includes bungee jumping into the belly of an active volcano in Chile and touring a war zone.

In Madrid get intoxicated by the locals’ sheer zest for life

Especially after an El Clasico (the classic) ­football match between Real Madrid and Futbol Club, Barcelona, raucous fans enjoy ­prolonged celebrations or drown in the solace of the golden brew.

Ecotourism: tomorrow's star destinations

When it comes to environmentally friendly tourism, certain locales come to mind immediately. Vietnam, Kenya, Cameroon... the classics. But as the ecotourism movement gains momentum, additional destinations are joining the roster. Here is a roundup of a few of the rising stars of the ecotourism scene.


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