Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Astana welcomes Expo 2017

Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Astana welcomes Expo 2017

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Something of a coming out party for the city, Astana is currently hosting Expo 2017. The event seeks to welcome five million visitors to Kazakhstan as the country builds its international reputation. Here Maria Korelina visits for Breaking Travel News.

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July 18, 2017 at 12:28PM

The Politics of Destination Marketing

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July 18, 2017 at 11:48AM

News: ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West to debut next summer

News: ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West to debut next summer

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AccorHotels has announced the new ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West will open to guests in summer 2018. The site is currently disused offices on Waterloo Street, Glasgow and will undergo a major redevelopment over the coming months.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:56AM

News: andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp reopens to guests

News: andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp reopens to guests

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With the second phase of refurbishments completed at andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, the camp has reopened boasting a completely brand new look that now extends from the suites to the camp’s main guest areas.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:45AM

News: Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, unveils new spa for summer season

News: Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, unveils new spa for summer season

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Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, will reopen for the summer season with a brand new spa aesthetic and facilities, inspired by the rolling hills and verdant valleys of the surrounding Bernese Oberland.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:35AM

News: Air Côte d’Ivoire takes delivery of new Airbus A320

News: Air Côte d’Ivoire takes delivery of new Airbus A320

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Air Côte d’Ivoire has received a new A320 aircraft at a ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre, Toulouse. This ceremony was jointly presided over by Didier Evrard, Airbus executive vice president programmes and Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman, Air Côte d’Ivoire board of directors.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:25AM

News: New online offering from Abercrombie & Kent

News: New online offering from Abercrombie & Kent

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Abercrombie & Kent has announced it will launch two new websites this summer. The two sites are designed to showcase the tour operator’s renowned worldwide reach and inspire clients through their wide ranging choice of safaris, cruises, beaches group tours, villas, bespoke and tailor made options.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:25AM

Travel Tips: How to Dine Well — and Properly — in Another Country

Travel Tips: How to Dine Well — and Properly — in Another Country

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When you’re traveling internationally, eating at local restaurants is an opportunity to learn about that country’s culture and customs, says Gert Kopera, the executive vice president of global restaurants for Hakkasan Group, a collection of 41 restaurants worldwide. But, Mr. Kopera said, dining out can also make travelers uncomfortable. “Dining etiquette and traditions vary by country, and if you don’t know the customs in the destination you’re visiting,” he said, “it’s easy to feel like a fish out of water.”

Mr. Kopera has eaten thousands of meals in more than 70 countries, and here, he shares his advice on how to dine out successfully anywhere in the world.

EAT AT THE RIGHT HOUR Learn when locals eat, Mr. Kopera said, so that you’re not going to closed or empty restaurants. In the United States, dinner is usually eaten from 6 to 7 p.m. and is the biggest meal of the day, but not so in other countries: In England, for example, high tea, served around 4 p.m., is a meal itself while supper is lighter and served at 8 p.m. or later. In Spain and South America, the average dinner starts at 10 p.m., and in India, anywhere from 9 to 11 p.m. is the norm. “You’ll experience the authentic local culture if your dining times are in rhythm with the locals,” he said.

USE THE CORRECT UTENSILS, OR NO UTENSILS Using utensils improperly can be a sign of disrespect in another country, Mr. Kopera said. He suggested that travelers observe locals while they eat and follow their practices. In China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, chopsticks are the most common utensil, but sticking them upright in rice is considered offensive. In India and areas of the Middle East and Africa, eating with hands is normal, but be careful about using the left hand — it can be considered unclean.

TAKE YOUR TIME In many countries — including Brazil, France and Italy — meals span several hours and are a time to connect with family and friends. Mr. Kopera suggested that travelers do the same. “Savor the food and conversation,” he said. And, once you are ready to leave, ask for your check because in many international destinations, servers present it to diners only upon request.

RESEARCH PAYMENT AND TIPPING PRACTICES Find out the proper tipping etiquette and way to pay in whatever country you are visiting. Tipping is not expected in many countries, and in some countries like Japan, it can be insulting. Also, in some countries, such as France, splitting the bill is considered to be unsophisticated. And know ahead of time if the restaurant you’re going to accepts credit cards. In parts of Africa and Asia, the only way to pay at many restaurants is to use the local currency, and being cashless can make for an uncomfortable ending to your meal.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:18AM

News: Gongzi Jeju Casino opens in South Korea

News: Gongzi Jeju Casino opens in South Korea

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Gongzi Jeju Casino has been unveiled to the world, heralding a new era for Korea as a word-class entertainment destination. Gongzi Jeju represents a major economic boost to the gaming industry in Jeju, which will become an icon in Korea and set a new benchmark for ultra-luxurious gaming experience.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:15AM

News: Qatar Airways takes off for Skopje, Macedonia

News: Qatar Airways takes off for Skopje, Macedonia

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The first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Skopje touched down earlier at Alexander the Great Airport. Skopje provides a gateway to a country of dramatic scenery, including beautiful lakes, mountains, and charming historic towns.

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July 18, 2017 at 09:49AM