When booking, bear in mind that you don’t have to take the same airline to and from your destination. Photograph: Thinkstock

1 The last-minute wonder deal is the holy grail for many travellers, and it can work. You might leave it until the very last minute and then get a re(...)

Marimekko was the result of the Finnish textle-printing company Printex extending its fabric designs across homeware and fashion in the 1960s. In 1964 Maija Isola drew the Unikko poppies

I have a handbag that I use in the summer; the fabric is the splashy red and white poppies instantly recognisable as Marimekko, and I thought it was r(...)

 US President Barack Obama  listens to a question from Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu during a live town hall event with CNN’s Anderson Cooper  on reducing gun violence in America. Photograph: EPA/AUDE GUERRUCCI / POOL

Qantas the safest airline for third year running The list of the world’s safest airlines has been released by airlineratings.com, and Australia’s Qant(...)

Finnair is 56 per cent-owned by Finland, and the country’s previous government had held some discussions on whether to lower its stake to open way for alliances and deals

Aer Lingus-owner IAG said it was not in talks with Finnair, denying a report in a Finnish newspaper that had fuelled speculation it might take a stake(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

The chief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons. “China is the biggest outbound market in the world now. There are about 120 million Chinese travelling abroad this year spending over $100 billion.”  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The chief executive of Tourism Ireland says almost 40,000 Chinese tourists visited Ireland last year, compared to 18,000 two years ago, an increase (...)

Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG: The group also said the Aer Lingus service from Knock Airport to Gatwick would be maintained. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

International Consolidated Airline’s Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus includes pledges on maintaining links to Heathrow Airport and co(...)

Helsinki harbour. Finnair has extended its planned Dublin-Helsinki service to the winter months ahead of its launch on Monday.

Finnair has extended its planned Dublin-Helsinki service to the winter months ahead of its launch on Monday.The airline launched a new six-times-a-wee(...)

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

I am travelling to Pyongyang in July and I am thinking of going via Dalian in China and then by rail. Can you please give me any further informatio(...)

Europe’s most famous opera festival takes place in Verona, Italy, from June 19th to August 25th

Chipping Campden Music Festival (May 10th-23rd) Two weeks of quality choral and orchestral music in perhaps the most perfect setting in Britain, (...)