CORRECTION: World's tallest roller coaster planned for Orlando

CORRECTION: World's tallest roller coaster planned for Orlando
[Corrected: paragraph 7. A story published June 6 about the world's tallest roller coaster in Orlando provided incorrect information about the location of the Orlando Eye, an observation wheel which is also currently under construction.] Orlando is set to become home to the tallest roller coaster in the world, with plans to build a thrill ride equal to a 27-storey drop.

'Framily' vacations billed as way to save your marriage

'Framily' vacations billed as way to save your marriage
Like glamping, staycations and voluntourism, the travel industry is seizing on another word mash-up to carve up a new market: “framily.” And to coincide with the UN-designed International Day of Friendship July 30, travel agency Thomas Cook has released the results of a new survey to promote the concept of girlfriend getaways and buddy vacations as a way of strengthening marriage.

London creates One Direction-themed travel itinerary

London creates One Direction-themed travel itinerary
Taking your tween daughter to London this summer? Make her squeal with delight and take her on a One Direction-themed tour of the city, created by the city’s tourism board -- and perhaps fellow tween parents.

France, Italy and UK on luxury art-themed travel package

France, Italy and UK on luxury art-themed travel package
A new travel itinerary has been created for art lovers, featuring sites that have been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Cézanne, Monet and Renoir.

Britons seen abroad as boozy with bad diets, study says

Britons seen abroad as boozy with bad diets, study says
Young foreigners are drawn to Britain by its rich culture and good manners but are put off by its weather and passion for binge-drinking and lousy food, according to a survey published Tuesday.

How to win a chance to travel through Middle-earth and meet Sir Peter Jackson

How to win a chance to travel through Middle-earth and meet Sir Peter Jackson
Die-hard Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans are invited to enter a contest for their chance to win a trip traveling throughout New Zealand -- otherwise known as Sir Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth -- and attend a private screening of the movie with the filmmaker himself.

Cannabis smokers' clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

Cannabis smokers' clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam
A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.

British royal childhood memories go on show

British royal childhood memories go on show
A special exhibition on childhood in the British royal family is to open at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, featuring well-loved toys spanning 250 years including a gadget-laden miniature James Bond supercar.

Officials consider extending opening hours of Paris's Louvre and Orsay museums

Officials consider extending opening hours of Paris's Louvre and Orsay museums
Good news for Paris-destined tourists: the French government is considering extending the opening hours of the Louvre and Orsay museums and the Palace of Versailles to seven days a week -- a move that would shorten the mile-long lines that snake outside some of the most visited sites in France and the world.

Google Street View takes visitors to Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park

Google Street View takes visitors to Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park
After Disneyland Paris and Legoland California, country crooner Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood has become the latest tourist attraction to be mapped virtually by Google cameras.

Romanian city opens plastic bottle bridge in litter protest

Romanian city opens plastic bottle bridge in litter protest
Timisoara in western Romania on Wednesday inaugurated a 23-metre (75 feet) bridge made of more than 157,000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.

'Paddington' statues to promote London tourist attractions

'Paddington' statues to promote London tourist attractions
Ahead of the premiere of the movie about the famous globe-trotting bear, who finds a home with a London family and sets out to explore his new hometown, a "Paddington Trail" will be set up in the British capital, inviting tourists to follow in the character's footsteps.

LA, New York, Dallas top US cities ranking for tourism and business

LA, New York, Dallas top US cities ranking for tourism and business
After examining everything from the number of Fortune 500 HQs in each city, the number of direct flights and rankings on review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp for food and entertainment, a new report has named Los Angeles the top tourism and business destination in the US.

Images of the week: Cali, Cape Town, Munich

Images of the week: Cali, Cape Town, Munich
Destinations

City of Angels tops list of best US destinations

City of Angels tops list of best US destinations
Los Angeles has been named the best destination in the US, mostly for launching a major tourism offensive for Chinese visitors that includes training hotels, local businesses and attractions on how to cater to their Asian guests.

Spain reports record number of visitors in first half

Spain reports record number of visitors in first half
A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said on Monday.

CGames: Friendly city set for Friendly Games

CGames: Friendly city set for Friendly Games
"You bet we're ready," declared Glasgow's council leader as the Scottish city once again welcomed the world to the banks of the River Clyde for the 20th Commonwealth Games.

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.

Today's urban beach getaway: Cape Town

Today's urban beach getaway: Cape Town
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 Cape Town, South Africa’s answer to St. Tropez.

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.