Australian rugby league player found dead in Spanish club

An Australian rugby league player has been found dead in Spain after going missing on a night out with friends. Barcelona police found Liam Hampson’s body on the floor of a nightclub where he was last seen, local media reported. He had been travelling through Europe with a group including National Rugby League (NRL) players, who reported him missing. The 24-year-old’s family said he had an accident and did not survive, adding they are “heartbroken”. Mr Hampson played in the Queensland Cup for the Redcliffe Dolphins, a team that will enter Australia’s top-tier NRL next season. He had become separated … Continue reading Australian rugby league player found dead in Spanish club

Great News: Hong Kong to lure tourists with free air tickets

Hong Kong says it will give away 500,000 airline tickets, worth HK$2bn ($254.8m), as it tries to boost its Covid-hit tourism industry. The city rolled back several of its coronavirus rules in recent weeks. However, major airlines are struggling to get their flight schedules back to pre-pandemic levels. On Wednesday, British airline Virgin Atlantic said it will stop operating in Hong Kong because of issues linked to the Ukraine war. “The airport authority will finalise the arrangement with airline companies. Once the government announces it will remove all Covid-19 restrictions for inbound travellers, we’ll roll out the advertising campaigns for … Continue reading Great News: Hong Kong to lure tourists with free air tickets

Japan to lift restrictions on foreign tourists

Japan will open its doors back up to vaccinated foreign tourists, after more than two years of closed borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tourists will be able to visit the country without a visa, and will no longer need to go through a travel agency, from 11 October. A cap on daily arrivals will also be lifted. Visitors will still need to prove their triple vaccination status and submit a negative Covid-19 test result to enter. The anticipated influx of travellers will be a welcome boost to government and local businesses, and comes as the Japanese yen has slid … Continue reading Japan to lift restrictions on foreign tourists

Tragic: Shark attack kills US cruise passenger in Bahamas

A US cruise ship passenger was killed by a shark while snorkelling near the Bahamas on Tuesday, according to local authorities. The 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was on an excursion near Green Cay near Nassau when the incident took place. Police later said that the family identified the shark as a bull shark. A similar incident in the area took the life of a 21-year-old American in 2019. Despite gripping public attention, shark attacks are exceedingly rare. Bahamian police spokeswoman Chrislyn Skippings told reporters that the woman was on an excursion with a local tour company, which took her to … Continue reading Tragic: Shark attack kills US cruise passenger in Bahamas

Jetstar apologises to stranded passengers in Bali

Jetstar has apologised to roughly 4,000 passengers who were stranded in Bali over the past week because of flight cancellations. The budget airline said it had cancelled eight return flights to Sydney and Melbourne from Denpasar since 1 September. Angry travellers have complained on social media of scrambling for last-minute arrangements. Jetstar said 180 passengers are still stranded in Bali. The carrier, which is run by Australia’s flagship airline Qantas, said that most of the impacted passengers were given accommodation. “Unfortunately, our Boeing 787 fleet has been impacted by a number of issues, including a lightning strike, a bird strike, … Continue reading Jetstar apologises to stranded passengers in Bali

Tragic: Portugal health minister quits after pregnant tourist dies

Portugal’s health minister has resigned hours after reports emerged that a pregnant tourist had died after being turned away from a full maternity ward. The 34-year-old Indian woman reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest while being transferred between Lisbon hospitals. It follows a string of incidents this summer that critics blame on a staffing crisis across Portuguese natal units. Dr Marta Temido had been the health minister since 2018, and is credited with steering Portugal through Covid-19 pandemic. But on Tuesday, the government said in a statement that Dr Temido had “realised that she no longer had the conditions to remain … Continue reading Tragic: Portugal health minister quits after pregnant tourist dies

Woman killed as four people are shot in Marbella nightclub before gunman is stabbed

A woman has allegedly been killed after four people were shot in a Marbella nightclub when a gunman went on a rampage on the crowded dance floor. The shootings took place in the early hours of this morning at Opium Beach Club, a club popular with British tourists in the Spanish holiday hotspot. A fight had broken out among the revellers when the shooter took out his gun and started firing. He was then stabbed in the head and torso, sources said, and he remains in hospital in a serious condition. According to Euro Weekly, a woman has been confirmed dead after … Continue reading Woman killed as four people are shot in Marbella nightclub before gunman is stabbed

26 year old British man arrested at Ibiza airport after smashing girlfriend’s head with a bottle

A British holidaymaker was arrested after allegedly smashing his partner over the head with a bottle at Ibiza Airport. The 26-year-old was held at the door to the Ibiza Airport terminal after members of a flight crew leaving the area alerted police to the attack at midnight on June 11. The incident happened minutes after the couple reached the holiday island on a late-night flight from the UK.  Local reports said police found the assault victim injured on the floor with her belongings scattered on the ground when they reached the scene. A Civil Guard spokesman confirmed: ‘We took a … Continue reading 26 year old British man arrested at Ibiza airport after smashing girlfriend’s head with a bottle

British tourist in intensive care after landing on rocks as he jumped into sea

A British tourist is in intensive care after falling on rocks as he jumped into the sea near the Ibiza party resort of San Antonio. The holidaymaker, believed to be 33, is said to have suffered a cervical spine fracture which can cause paralysis from the chest down. No-one from the hospital was available this morning to comment on his condition. But local reports yesterday when he was stretchered from the scene in a boat had described him as ‘critical.’ The alarm was raised around 4pm after the accident at Cala Salada, a cove of gravel and sand in a … Continue reading British tourist in intensive care after landing on rocks as he jumped into sea

Passengers scream as world’s longest cruise ship crashes into Jamaican pier

Passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s The Harmony of the Seas could be heard screaming as the 1,188-foot ship crashed into a pier in Jamaica. The incident happened on Thursday when the cruise liner docked at Falmouth, a busy port on the country’s northern shore, at about 7am. Several bits of port infrastructure were damaged in the collision, including a pier structure which was crushed by the 227,000 tonne vessel. An investigation is underway. Passengers could be heard screaming as the ship drifted towards the port and crashed into a pier, where it was trying to dock. “Oh my God”, one woman could be … Continue reading Passengers scream as world’s longest cruise ship crashes into Jamaican pier

Covid-19: Spain to allow non-vaccinated British travellers within days

British holidaymakers without Covid-19 vaccination certificates will be able to enter Spain “within days”, the country’s Tourism Minister has said. Non-jabbed Brits have been unable to travel to Spain despite the easing of most other health restrictions, including the obligatory wearing of face masks in public in virtually all indoor public spaces. It was thought the ban on non-vaccinated adult tourists from the UK would remain in place until at least June 15 following a new extension but, on Thursday Spain’s Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto made the unexpected announcement of an imminent change to the rules. She said in a radio interview: “It’s going … Continue reading Covid-19: Spain to allow non-vaccinated British travellers within days

FYI: See what happens when you get the dreaded SSSS on your boarding pass

There seem to be a lot of hidden codes in daily life that might give you some good or bad news. If you overhear an intercom calling for Inspector Sands at a train station, that means that a fire alarm could have gone off, but it’s not definite enough to do a proper evacuation yet so staff need to check. Hearing ‘Code 3’ on the London underground network could mean there’s a vomit situation to clear up. And for those travelling via aeroplane, there are several different things to look out for our your boarding pass, including a sneaky letter that … Continue reading FYI: See what happens when you get the dreaded SSSS on your boarding pass