Philippine sect opens 'world's largest indoor arena'

Philippine sect opens 'world's largest indoor arena'
Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world's largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect.

Russian surge boosts Cyprus tourism

Russian surge boosts Cyprus tourism
A surge of Russian tourists in June sparked an 11 percent increase in holiday arrivals to Cyprus compared with the same month last year, official data showed on Friday.

Images of the week: Tokyo, Minsk, Montevideo

Images of the week: Tokyo, Minsk, Montevideo
Destinations

Today's urban beach escape: Miami Beach

Today's urban beach escape: Miami Beach
They’re cities that pull double duty for sun-thirsty lovers of culture: Beach cities in destinations that offer surf and sand but also have compelling stories to tell. If you’re the type of restless vacationer looking for a destination that can reconcile world class entertainment with beach life, check out the coastal resort city of Miami Beach, perhaps the picture postcard of American beach living.

'Ninja' bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

'Ninja' bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo
Japan's biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches -- a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai.

World Cup visitors happiest with friendly Brazilians and food: report

World Cup visitors happiest with friendly Brazilians and food: report
The figures are in following the World Cup games in Brazil: Over the month-long period, the country's tourism board says they hosted one million foreign tourists from 203 countries who were happiest with the food and local hospitality.

Revamped London museum remembers WWI lives in technicolour

Revamped London museum remembers WWI lives in technicolour
The Imperial War Museum in London reopens its doors Saturday after a £40-million ($70-million, 50-million-euro) refit, with a new permanent exhibition to the experiences of Britons and Commonwealth soldiers in World War I.

Today's urban beach escape: Rio de Janeiro

Today's urban beach escape: Rio de Janeiro
They’re cities that pull double duty for sun-thirsty lovers of culture: Beach cities in destinations that offer surf and sand but also have compelling stories to tell. If you’re the type of restless vacationer looking for a destination that can reconcile world class entertainment with beach life, check out Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is often called the world’s sexiest beach, and for good reason.

Group tours losing favor with Chinese travelers

Group tours losing favor with Chinese travelers
Changing times lead to changing customs. In China, as tourism becomes an increasingly mainstream pastime, a growing number of Chinese tourists express a preference for traveling solo, with friends or as a family rather than with an organized tour group.

Pricey, but tourists give Cup thumbs up

Pricey, but tourists give Cup thumbs up
Despite high prices, World Cup tourists have given a big thumbs up to the just-ended event in Brazil, according to a study released Tuesday.

Spanish water park inspired by Thailand named world's top water park

Spanish water park inspired by Thailand named world's top water park
Siam Park, a massive water park in Spain designed to evoke the mystery of Thailand's ancient kingdom, has been named the best in the world.

Dolphins are the main attraction at the world's favorite theme park

Dolphins are the main attraction at the world's favorite theme park
The most popular theme park doesn’t have the fastest roller coaster in the world or a ride with the tallest death drop. No, according to members of the largest travel site, TripAdvisor, the world’s favorite theme park is Discovery Cove in Florida, a calm and relaxing park experience where visitors swim with the dolphins, hand-feed parrots and toucans and snorkel with tropical fish.

Interest in Germany builds with World Cup victory

Interest in Germany builds with World Cup victory
Germany may not be top of mind for European-destined travelers, but with images of jubilant Germans celebrating their World Cup victory and giving their soccer team a hero’s welcome in Berlin Tuesday, there’s perhaps no better time to cast a closer look at the country as a travel destination.

Poetic light installation to mark 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

Poetic light installation to mark 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall
Today Berlin is known as a hotbed of creativity, a haven for artists and for its pulsing nightlife and underground culture. But just 25 years ago, it was a city divided. To mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city will erect a light installation along the 15-km route that once split the city in two.

Speedos are growing in popularity and bathers are going buff: poll

Speedos are growing in popularity and bathers are going buff: poll
When it comes to lounging on the beach in the buff, turns out that Germans and Austrians are the most comfortable with their birthday suits, according to a worldwide survey of beachgoing habits around the world.

Cape Town carves out major new African art museum

Cape Town carves out major new African art museum
On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high.

Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story

Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story
Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of Pompeii.

Musk donates $1 million for new Tesla museum

Musk donates $1 million for new Tesla museum
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has agreed to donate $1 million to help fund a new museum dedicated to inventor Nikolai Tesla.

Indulge your childhood fantasies with these summer camps for adults

Indulge your childhood fantasies with these summer camps for adults
If you’re an accountant, but always dreamed of being an astronaut or a retired teacher harboring a budding rock star screaming to get out, it’s not too late. In fact, according to a recently released roundup of adult-only summer camps, the timing could be just right.

Russia to create post-Olympic gambling zone in Sochi: deputy PM

Russia to create post-Olympic gambling zone in Sochi: deputy PM
Russia plans to open a gambling zone in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which was renovated at high cost to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Tuesday.