Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

15 March 2023

5 reasons to visit Strasbourg in 2023

As in other European countries, France is seeking to improve the environment and the quality of life of its residents in larger cities. These include Strasbourg, the […]
15 March 2023

A Canadian hotel where you can sleep amongst lions to open in 2023

Booking a hotel room is usually a treat in itself but now a Canadian hotel is offering guests a unique thrill: the chance to sleep among lions. At […]
15 March 2023

President Biden pressures airlines to ditch family seating fees

The Biden administration has urged Congress to pass a legislation that would end family seating fees for parents traveling with children under the age of 14. On […]
15 March 2023

China lays out plans to invest $5.1bn in a green hydrogen plant in Egypt

The announcement was made during a meeting of the Egyptian cabinet, on 9 March, attended by China Energy chairman Song Hailiang. 1. China Energy Engineering Corporation […]
15 March 2023

China to issue visas again as the country reopens to international tourists

After a three-year pause of border restrictions due to the pandemic, China is fully reopening to foreign visitors. According to a statement released on Monday by […]
15 March 2023

Airbus tests 100% sustainable aviation fuel on its A321 neo aircraft

On 9 March, Airbus tested 100% unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both LEAP-1A engines as part of a new flight test campaign using the best-selling […]
14 March 2023

Meet punk legends in the flesh at new Las Vegas Punk Rock Museum

It might seem like the opposite of punk attitude to be seen anywhere near a museum, but at a new Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas, […]
14 March 2023

Cunard announce world cruise for new luxury liner Queen Anne

Cunard’s new cruise liner, the Queen Anne, will make her debut world cruise in 2025. Historic shipping and cruise company Cunard have announced the new liner […]
14 March 2023

Visit Denmark’s new AI campaign brings famous paintings to life

Visit Denmark has launched a new AI campaign that is generating a lot of attention among art lovers and tech enthusiasts alike. In the new campaign, […]
14 March 2023

Towards a code of conduct on data sharing in European Tourism

Twenty organizations representing the European travel and tourism sector have agreed to sign a Code of Conduct on data sharing in the tourism sector. The non-binding […]
14 March 2023

The Banff Mountain Film Festival goes on world tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is touring the world in 2023, bringing the best of mountain culture and exploration to screens near you. The festival started […]
14 March 2023

Kerala leads the way on sustainability certification

Kerala has understood the weaknesses of existing certification schemes and they have developed a better approach.  The purpose of consumer-facing certification is presumably to assure the […]
14 March 2023

Nepal bans solo trekkers from April 1

From April 1st on, trekkers will not be allowed to walk on their own in the mountains and valleys of Nepal. They will need to hire […]
14 March 2023

World’s largest spokeless Ferris wheel to be built in South Korea

The city of Seoul announced plans to build the largest spokeless Ferris wheel in the world. With an imposing diameter of 180 meters, the wheels is […]
14 March 2023

10 Most instagrammable spots in Brussels

Each city has its spirit, charisma, and identity. When we visit a new city, we will normally perform a rigorous investigation about the trendiest spots in […]
13 March 2023

Electric high-speed train to connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles by 2027

Brightline West, the United States’ first high-speed rail network, is set to connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles with an estimated length of 218 miles (350 […]