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  • Travellers will be expected to stand on a digital scale during preflight check-in for the national’s airline’s new ‘passenger weight survey’
  • Some of the first to take part will be those travelling direct to New York. The airline says weight records will be kept anonymous and out of sight

Travellers on social media described queues of several hours at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick as those arriving need to have their passports checked by hand rather than the automated machines.


Readers discuss the shift in focus to intra-district connectivity in Kai Tak, a costly attempt to secure a tourist visa to mainland China, and Elon Musk’s wrong-headed beliefs about remote work.


Despite slowing economic growth and a cost-of-living squeeze, airlines from Emirates and Lufthansa to Qantas and Air France are betting on travellers willing to splurge, especially after Covid-19

Multiple checkpoints and official border posts do little to deter militants, traffickers – and day trippers – from flitting across the 595km-long frontier virtually at will, as a Malaysian woman’s recent deportation shows.


In lowering the coronavirus alert level from ‘critical’ to plainly ‘alert’ starting on June 1, health authorities will also lift mask mandates in pharmacies and small clinics.


A travel agency in China’s bordering Liaoning province is also promoting itineraries to North Korea starting from mid-June, while a source says the full reopening of the land border remains ‘entirely up to North Korea’.


The airline will be installing the beds on its ultra-long Auckland-New York and Auckland-Chicago routes in 2024, and the 4-hour sessions will probably cost between US$249 and US$373.

It’s not always easy to nod off in an unfamiliar bed, which is why luxury hotels are adding therapists and dedicated programmes that beat counting sheep

Rising jet fuel prices because of the Ukraine war, and staff shortages, are factors in the high price of flights, aviation experts say. They explain why airfares are likely to remain high for years to come.

Increase your productivity while travelling with these gadgets, including flagship wireless headphones from Sennheiser, a ‘paper’ tablet for taking storable digital notes, a powerful charger, a Wi-fi router and more.

One Hong Kong resident had snagged US$250,000 worth of tickets for only US$17,000, including a first-class round-trip flight from Indonesia to Aruba in the Caribbean for just US$890.


It’s the third time in recent months that a passenger has been accused of urinating on or near someone else on a flight from New York to New Delhi. In all cases, they were reported to be drunk.

Change linked to habits developed in three years of Coronavirus pandemic when going off the beaten track was a priority, travel experts say.


All Nippon Airways, or ANA, says it will honour the tickets – most of which were for flights from Jakarta to New York and back – for those people who saw the mistake quickly, booked and paid.

Hong Kong-owned hotel brand Rosewood’s Vienna hotel is perfectly located on Petersplatz and includes the Neue Hoheit restaurant and Asaya Spa, with prices starting at US$765 per night.

A languid pace of life contrasts with the buzz about the city’s nightlife and F&B, making the pearl of the Deep South one of the hottest destinations in the country right now

Chill out at these icy escapes in Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and Antarctica, where you can feel the call of the wild while being assured of their ongoing efforts towards sustainable status

The man’s body was found near a forest path in the Val di Sole valley, which is popular with hikers and tourists. Sightings of bears have recently increased.

The K-ETA electronic travel authorisation, compulsory to enter without a visa, is now being waved for tourists from some countries – but only until December 31, 2024.

Whether you prefer The Peninsula or Mandarin Oriental, or opt for a newer name like the Kerry or Rosewood, Hong Kong has a slew of premium suites, almost all with a view of that stunning harbour

Europe’s 90,000km EuroVelo cycling network has something to satisfy a wide range of interests. Nell Nelson recently embarked on EuroVelo 8, a 7,560km route from Spain to Turkey.

Unesco’s World Capital of Architecture for 2023, Copenhagen isn’t as full of tourists as it used to be, so now’s the time to go – then detour to North Jutland and the picturesque Bornholm island too


True luxury fashion aficionados will want to check into their favourite brands’ glittering hotels, from Louis Vuitton’s first-ever property in Paris opening soon, to the Armani Hotel in Dubai

Hong Kong residents have a lot to catch up on post-pandemic when it comes to Macau … and the world-class Grand Lisboa Palace offers a luxury experience that’s more than worthy of a weekend staycation