The new LAX VIP service will cost from $1,500

Travel tech in Africa, DUB does VIPs, Moxy for Millennials, three carriers for Athens

Bad Hofgastein is a very pretty town surrounded by high mountains.

Travelling to Bad Hofgastein in the summer, what to visit in Alicante and flying to Halifax

Best time and places to stay in Cuba, family trip to Europe by train

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

The sector is betting that a €1m marketing campaign will lure in even more visitors

More and more tourists are travelling to experience the freedom to try cannabis in tolerant countries

As you are going to be so close to Iguazu Falls, it would be interesting to see one of the Unesco world heritage sites.

Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls, Aer Lingus value, and getting from Florida to Cuba

Passengers line up to depart from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in the hours after a Russian aircraft  crashed after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Photograph: AP

Egyptian tourism has bounced back from terrorism scares in the past but the uncertainty around the Metrojet disaster leaves many q(...)

Banned: battery-powered electronic smoking devices

Can Hyatt buy Starwood, Norwegian buy nine Dreamliners, vaping incident on board

Yuletide hotel options in Ireland; scouts in search of French adventure

Cash-strapped Transaero has 10,000 staff

Aer Lingus boosts tri-state area, Russia’s aviation woes, fun OOO messages and China Southern Airlines lands in Ireland

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Washington, New York, Boston and a family ski holiday during the festive season

Jennifer Aniston: the actress appears in the Emirates advert having a nightmare, but has faced a “privilege” backlash.
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Emirates and Aniston poke fun at US carriers, ASL and Shannon victory, new London hotel, serviced Airbnb

Suitable skiing holiday for Down syndrome girl, tickets for Rio, family holiday for new year

The Irish are more resilient to perceived threats, with many of us returning to Egypt over and over again despite many terrorist attacks

Official travel advice warns us to stay away from many popular winter sun destinations because of international terrorism. Joan Sc(...)

Boeing 737: China has ordered 250 of these from the United States

EU aviation policy, China orders Boeing aircraft, the QE2, advertising on luggage

Valetta, Malta at night

Malta with mother in December and where to book near Dublin for 50 family members

Havana: Rules on who can go to Cuba have been loosened recently. Photograph:  Ana Rodriguez/AFP/Getty Images
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Tourism Ireland winner of Routes Award, space era technology for aviation, US-Cuba air talks

Relaxing in Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow,  winner of the AA Hotel of the Year 2015

Deck the halls? Let someone else do it this year says Joan Scales, who rounds up some tempting Christmas packages

Bridal Vail fall in the spotlight

An 18 day cruise from Barcelona to Miami, Yosemite in November, Iceland for students

Ethiopian Airlines has been selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth companies for 2015

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telecom improve in-air connectivity, three new hotels for Belfast, Delta carry 614,159 passengers in one day(...)

Six months in Europe for a woman in her 60s and a family summer in Cuba or Spain

A Ryanair aircraft takes off at Ireland West Airport Knock in Co Mayo: the airport has launched a new online television channel where it will broadcast news stories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
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Jackets as luggage, Airport TV comes to Knock and interesting figures from Cartrawler

What’s happening for 1916 uprising centenary, gentle tours of Bruges and Ghent, dining for children in London

Norwegian: rewards up to 12% on booking premium and economy flex tickets

IATA warning on air cargo traffic, BA ties in with Hailo, book cars on phones, discounts for corporates with Norwegian

Self-catering for a big family, gentle walking in Europe, and do you need a visa for Cuba?

Morocco is a good destination for winter sun

Malta is good for autumn sunshine and Carnaval de Tenerife is one of the world’s biggest

London City Airport : list of useful gadgets for travellers

Device advice for travellers, more rooms in New York, and Belfast-Newark flights return

 Aurora Borealis: Iceland is easier to get to from Ireland while  Norway would be two flights and can be quite pricey

Iceland or Norway for the Aurora Borealis? Two hours from Galway for a family holiday

 All Black captain Richie McCaw stars in a new Air Zealand inflight video based on the ‘Men in Black’ film. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images

Flying high, workouts on the road, All Blacks as ‘Men in Black’ and airport app

Landmark: The CN Tower in Toronto

Visiting Niagara on the Lake, family trip to Rome and driving to the Algarve

Smiling emoji: symbol used to herald mood-boosting food on offer at eight airport cafes

Near-misses at airports cause concern about drones while Gatwick wants customers to eat themselves happy

Killorglin: where a goat is  king for three days. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

‘After three days he will be released back to the mountains, well fed and groomed’

Santa in the sun: Christmas on the beach

Family holidays for the festive season

Move fast, and you could be on the beach by the weekend

Aer Lingus: regular business travellers to London, Paris and Amsterdam will benefit from additional services with the airline from Q4. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Design hotel for JFK, new Lufthansa fares, ‘Aer Space’ is on the way and BA bag rules

Rovers Return: Tickets to the Coronation Street Tour cost €17 each and can be bought on

Manchester, Catalonia and trip to the sun for one

Project aims to speed up time spent at airports

Car rental firms agree to improve practices, Passme project to speed up airport time, sharing increases market share, and how a ha(...)

Oban waterfront, Scotland: From Oban you  can take the ferry to the Mull of Kintyre. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sun, sand and pilgrmage in Scotland, Greece and Red Sea

Aer Lingus staff welcome the arrival of first Aer Cap Airbus A350 at Hanger 6 Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin Convention Bureau beat 2015 target, AerCap to move HQ from LA to Dublin, IHG continue sale of premier properties, airlines (...)

United Airlines: one of the big four US air carriers

BA summer sale, airlines being investigated, hotel group goes green and two air shows

From Boston Harbor, you can take a whale-watching tour or go racing around the bay on Godzilla.

Boston and Cape Cod have lots of appeal for a fun family holiday

Westin Hotel: partnering with Eason to bring a range of books to your room

Dearest city for eating on the road, Aer Lingus new arrivals lounge, the Book Butler arrives, Cork air service to LCY

Bergen is known as the cultural capital of Norway

Bergen’s beauties; discover Alnick, Alnmouth, Bamburgh and Beadnell; take the girls away from the city

Connecting people, luggage and aircraft, airlines down differences for strategy discussion, cabin bags not changing yet, new minis(...)

L’EssenCiel at the Splendid Hotel in Nice, with  views across the Baie des Anges,the Bay of Angels

Five places to eat and drink in Nice, from rooftop restaurants to high-end bars

Beatles fans also need advice, and what about chasing the sun in March?

TAP: investor group has bid €348 million for a 61 % share of the company

€167 average hotel night in Dublin, 61% of TAP sold, Cabin OK labels for on board baggage

Lufthansa and €16 charge, Easyjet using VR and 3D, Exos from Hyatt, Dublin near top of public wi fi list

Sailing Boats off the Coast of Villefrance-Sur-Mer, Provence, France

The Middle East in December, and a 70th celebration holiday on the continent

Berlin’s fateless airport, Marriott Park Lane opens new rooftop venue, great wi fi, alliance members and EI will say goodbye?

A young woman hikes along a hanging bridge near Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica.

Tropical rainforests, teen adventures in Ireland and the French Camino

Dare to Live offer women’s retreats to Lake Lodge, Liss Ard Estate in west Cork, where guests are encouraged to sit back, relax and spend four days in luxury surroundings just talking, contemplating and connecting.

There won’t be much time to put your feet up if you head off one of these action-packed holidays,, the Starwood Tribute Portfolio

Fly- fi from Jetblue, movies from American, Made in Milan by Excelsior Gallia Hotel, French Kiss, only in Marriott Champes Elysee(...)

The seaside town of Baska, Croatia is one of the more popular places, though it gets very busy in summer

Your holiday queries answered

Star ratings for serviced apartments, mega profits for US carriers, CarTrawler buys Cabforce, Delta is back at Shannon

Family trips: holidays by the sea or in small cities or towns are ideal. Photograph: Thinkstock

Taking teenagers on holidays, and where to holiday in Ireland with the family

Irish Hospitality Institute Conference, Turkish Airlines cargo, British Airways enhanced meals and 4G

Looking towards the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Photograph: Thinkstock

Take the kids to Lapland, a spa break in Dublin and a first visit to Paris

Claim your BA Avios, which Hyatt are you, Emirates A380 to carry 615 passengers, more airline classes

Ethiopian workers on the Grand Renaissance Dam near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. The $4.8 billion (€4.5bn) project will provide not just Ethiopia with power but also allow the exporting of energy to neighbouring countries. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images

Energy-poor Ethiopia has begun building the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa

Marriott movies, Airbus of the future, Iberia and TAM code share, experience Pan Am

Hotel tax for London? London City Airport plans disrupted, new Aer Lingus lounge at JFK and self bag-tagging

Aer Lingus business class, BA Avios hacked, Fly away Flybe, new hotels for Istanbul

Ryanair Transatlantic, Holiday Inn Express innovations, homing luggage, Qantas scam

Fearless flying, On-Air powers Solar Impulse connectivity, GoSleep in a pod, new hotels for Starwood

North Korean workers bow before  statues of the President Kim Il Sung and the General Secretary Kim Jung Il at the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

Going solo to North Korea, family resorts on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, spa hotels in the midlands

Have a spin in the Virgin Tesla, ASEAN Air Pass from AirAsia, HPI, DIATA welcome ICAO and 300 delegates

Looking for a bit of luxury in Prague

Prague with a pool, Marbella, Mallorca, or Mykonos for our 40s

AF-KLM hit by strike, apartment use growing and Dublin lands aviation safety conference

Granada: hotels in the city can be good value in September. Photograph: Thinkstock

Your travel queries answered

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Lufthansa Ireland traffic grows, Starbucks in the air, Expedia acquiring more travel brands, robots to man hotel in Japan

You can take a 10-day tour along the Blues Highway, the route that brought the music of the south worldwide. It includes two days in Memphis with a full day at Graceland including a tour of Elvis’s home, museum and the Meditation Garden where he is buried, above.

Your travel questions answered

London City Airport gets £200m investment. Plus: room rates in Dublin up; fly business class with La Compagnie; Starwood open 74 (...)

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Claiming Avios, ICAO safety conference, Hyatt Centrics, EI back on Carrickfinn

Tourists on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Magic Kingdom, Disney World.

Your travel queries answered

Zamora, Spain

Ask Joan: your travel dilemmas solved

The Lake District in northern England is a good spot for a family get together in late autumn

Ask Joan: your travel dilemmas solved: a venue for a 55-person family get together, taking a friend to Florence

 England face  Australia at the Oval in  August  2015. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Joan Scales answers your travel questions on inclusive breaks for cricket fans and holiday tours for singles.

A cruise ship is the one place where you will not find a cat

Cat phobia curbs couple’s holiday plans, and hotel prices hinder visit to Westminster

Things to see in Chicago  include the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago
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Springfield via Chicago, going to Herculaneum and finding specialist health insurers

Having dinner in someone’s home, visiting food markets with a local or joining a celebratory meal are just some of the latest foo(...)

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