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Safe off-piste skiing requires a host of precautions

By Olivia Alabaster

Sayegh recommends that both adults and children wear helmets.
Sayegh recommends that both adults and children wear helmets.
 
 

Finding themselves lost between the villages of Tarshish and Kfar Salwan in Mount Lebanon, three of the group then fell into an icy ravine, and all sustained injuries, one serious.BEIRUT: When a group of 10 students set off on an off-piste skiing adventure last weekend, little did they know their excursion would end in a rescue operation involving the Lebanese Army, Civil Defense teams, local municipality officers and Red Cross volunteers.

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Top 10 New Year traditions around the world

 

On New Year’s Eve, the Japanese celebrate with concerts, countdowns and fireworks as well as more traditional activities.
On New Year’s Eve, the Japanese celebrate with concerts, countdowns and fireworks as well as more traditional activities.
 
 

BOSTON: New Year is a time for fresh starts, hopes, dreams and saying goodbye to the old year. At this time of festive camaraderie and reflection, online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) offers its Top 10 favorite New Year traditions from across the globe. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

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Top 10 Christmas lights displays

 

Christmas lights shine on the Rue Saint Charles near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Christmas lights shine on the Rue Saint Charles near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

LONDON: There’s nothing like a good holiday lights display to spark off the festive season.Just the thought of a steaming hot drink cupped in your gloved hands, a woollen cap on your head, a fluffy scarf wrapping you up tight as you soak up the seasonal spirit in a city sparkling with the glow of lights has prompted online travel adviser Cheapflights.com to offer its list of Top 10 Christmas lights displays.

Reuters has not endorsed this list:

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The Backpackers Guide to Beirut

 Listen, before you let your family and friends dissuade you from travelling to the beautiful but slightly schizophrenic city that is Beirut, Lebanon, let us first give you a complete idea of what you’d be missing out on.

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CEO Meeting 2012

 

CEO Meeting 2012 

 

The welcome dinner for the 2012 CEO Meeting was held at Jugendherberge Koln City Hostel in Germany today.  

Over 60 delegates and HI staff enjoyed a lovely dinner in the comfort of the Youth Hostel. The CEO Meeting will officially be opened by Mr Koller, Vice President of DJH tomorrow but for now delegates enjoyed a relaxed friendly evening and the chance to network and catch up on news.

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Torridon Youth Hostel turns green to gold

SYHA's Torridon Youth Hostel has recently been awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme Award. The accolade is in recognition of the environmental initiatives put in place, which include comprehensive green information for guests, a good waste management system and reuse of different materials.

Green Tourism logo        Situated in the wild and remote area at the head of Upper Loch Torridon, the Youth Hostel is a great option for walkers and climbers as well, as those simply wishing to relax and enjoy the wildlife. The building is purpose built and offers modern facilities for outdoor enthusiasts – it also accommodates the local Mountain Rescue service. 

This new Green Tourism achievement can be accredited to Mat, Emily and Jo - the team at Torridon Youth Hostel. They are very aware of environmental issues and committed to working as sustainably as possible. 

Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland said: “There is a strong culture of environmental awareness among SYHA staff which reflects the wider ‘green’ ethos of hostelling. Feedback reveals that our guests value eco-initiatives and the importance of travelling in a way that is sustainable.” 

“I am very pleased to see Torridon Youth Hostel join Lochranza, Port Charlotte and Ullapool Youth Hostels at the top of the Green Tourism Awards podium.”

Mat Webster, Manager of Torridon Youth Hostel, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Torridon has won this award. With its beautiful scenery, wildlife and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Torridon is a wonderful place to explore and a great destination for hill walking and climbing.”

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