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Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwan

Inside a large, open-floor exhibit space within Taiwan’s Lukang Township, glass sparkles at every turn. There’s a glass-covered atrium that creates a kaleidoscope of colors as you walk through; tall, freestanding glass mirrors that offer Instagram-ready funhouse photo opportunities; and a series of stunning glass artworks—including an intricate stained-glass flower and a glass Buddha portrait with a headdress of hanging glass beads. But this isn’t just a regular art installation, it’s a new kind of product showroom designed to transform a traditional glass factory into a tourist destination, one that drew more…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Roger Smith Hotel, New York

With a constant stream of events and exhibitions, the Roger Smith Hotel is more than just a well-situated, tastefully turned out, boutique hotel in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The family-run, 136-room property nestles comfortably amid some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the bright lights of Time Square are a short walk away. The world-class theatres of Broadway and the leading commercial centre of Wall Street are both also on the hotel’s doorstep, making 501 Lexington Avenue an ideal address for…

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News: UK tourism records best month since figures began in July

Figures released today show that July was the strongest month for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961. There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up six per cent on the same month last year. Overseas visitors spent £2.8 billion in the UK, the best month for spend on record. Strong growth in visits from North America continued in July with a record 650,000 visits, up nine per…

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News: TfL brands Uber unfit to operate in London

Transport for London has informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30th. The decision means as many as 40,000 Uber operated cars could be removed from the city’s streets in little over a week. However, Uber has said it will appeal, meaning little change will be since in the near term. The regulator has criticised the ride hailing app for its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, as well as its approach to how medical…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: The 14 signature experiences of Québec, Canada

A delegation from QuébecOriginal has visited London to showcase the 14 signature experiences of the Canadian province. While primarily known to a UK audience for the city of Montréal, the French-speaking province in eastern Canada has a great deal more to offer, explained Dominique Labelle, director of international business development, QuébecOriginal. He told an industry audience at Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank: “We are pleased to be in London to meet with the travel press and trade to promote Québec and discuss opportunities to raise further awareness of the…

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News: Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel joins Relais & Châteaux

With its reputation for combining five-star service and luxury within a relaxed and intimate environment, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel has been invited to join the prestigious hotel group, Relais & Châteaux. Relais & Châteaux is a collection of elite, mainly family run hotels in lovely locations with wonderful facilities, great food, warm personal hospitality and five-star services. All of these qualities Calabash has as their core values, and this will continue as they always strive to exceed their guests’ expectations. “It is a huge honour to be part of such…

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In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters

Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture are often overwhelmed by its heart-wrenching exhibitions. The museum explores everything from the horrors of segregation to triumphs in music, the arts and the ongoing battle for civil rights. It can be a lot to take—especially the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition that begins in the bowels of the museum, three stories below ground. “I was really angry with what I saw downstairs,” says Shelley Lee Hing. She’s from Jamaica, but now lives in Arlington, Virginia, and was on her…

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