New York City’s 'Dead Rabbit' tops list as best bar in the world

It’s official. New York City and London are the best places in the world to have a drink.  Drinks International just released its annual ranking of the world’s 50 best bars and two cities have more than enough pints, pubs and craft cocktails to keep tourists and locals coming back for more. London has six bars in the list’s top 20 while New York City has five.   But which bar really came out on top? The Big Apple has the best bar in the world according to the trade publication with Water Street’s Dead Rabbit (full name: “The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog”) at the top of the list. The establishment, named after a gang of Irish immigrants from downtown Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood, earned the ranking after a…

Eco-tourism great for elephants AND people Credit: pexels.com     New research shows that elephant numbers increase when more ecotourists visit the areas with elephant populations. This is in stark contrast to trophy hunting which can have devastating effects on elephant herds. Monitoring the elephants of Mapungubwe Ensuring the long-term survival of elephants is not simply a matter of setting aside protected conservation areas and working to keep them ecologically sustainable. It also requires elephant populations to coexist harmoniously with the people in adjacent communities. The impact which socioeconomic factors have on elephant numbers has been revealed in a report by a team of scientists from the Amarula Elephant Research Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, led by Dr Jeanetta Selier, which surveys the effects on 1200 elephants residing in the Greater Mapungubwe...

NZ water parks after Dreamworld tragedy: Splash Planet busy, Waiwera plans upgrade Emily, Jack and Jasmine Hendery talk about their visit to Splash Planet As the tragedy-struck Dreamworld on Australia's Gold Cost prepares to reopen on December 10, we investigate the state of New Zealand's biggest fun parks – are they tired and run down, or can they still make childhood dreams come true? From sad disasters to high farce, it often seems big theme parks are struggling. But New Zealand operators at Rainbow's End, Splash Planet and Waiwera Springs insist they can compete with YouTube, Snapchat and Playstations to make a health-and-safety-endorsed buck. SIMON HENDERY VISITS SPLASH PLANET, HASTINGS Don't get me wrong, I'm as happy as the next adrenaline-seeker to be tossed around to the point of queasiness on some crazy piece of...

The Latest: Climber proud another broke his Yosemite record FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a Czech climber scaling Yosemite’s El Capitan (all times local):4:35 p.m.Renowned climber Kevin Jorgeson says he feels like a proud parent seeing a fellow climber break a record he set nearly two years ago in Yosemite National Park.Jorgeson said Tuesday that it was inevitable somebody would top the feat he and Tommy Caldwell established in 2015. The duo were the first to free-climb El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, making it up in 19 days.On Monday, 23-year-old Czech climber, Adam Ondra, completed the second-ever free assent of the wall - taking just eight days.Free-climbers use only their hands, feet and strength. Ropes and harnesses are just for safety to catch a fall.Jorgeson of Santa Rosa, California, ...

Gear Review: Eagle Creek International Carry-On When you don’t have the luxury of owning bags of both domestic and international carry-on size, hang onto the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior AWD International Carry-On. With dimensions of 13.75 inches by 21.5 inches by 7.75 inches, it meets carry-on measurement standards, and only adds an inch when expanded, making the expandable depth 8.75 inches. At 6 pounds, the bag is relatively lightweight, and made with a water-repellent ripstop material and Eagle Creek’s Exo Skeleton abrasion-resistant technology. A drop-down bottom maximizes packing space in between the AWD wheels. What we liked: Four wheels that pivot for easy mobility means fewer spinouts when you’re walking or running with your bag. Not so much: If you need to pack more for your trip, you’ll need a larger bag...

Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa comes ... With an enviable location on the edge of the Dalaman River and Mediterranean Sea, Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort Spa is only 15 kilometres from Dalaman International Airport. Long considered a leader in the region, the property has proved remarkably robust during the current tough period of trading for Turkish tourism. The UK remains a key market for the property, with general manager Ali Tunç Batum recently leading a delegation from the resort to London to promote the property. As he explained to an industry delegation at The Roof Gardens in glamorous Kensington: “Our destination is incredible. “I personally have been working in this business for 28 years, in lots of international hotels, and I have never seen such a place. “You can find anything you want there. “We have ...

Travelers warned of ‘heightened risk of terror attacks’ in Europe over holidays WASHINGTON — The State Department is advising U.S. citizens traveling in Europe to be aware of a “heightened risk of terrorist attacks” during the holiday season.The advisory issued Monday says “credible information” indicates that Islamic State and al-Qaida militants continue to plan attacks in Europe around the holiday season. It also warns that “extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists” may try to execute attacks.The department is encouraging travelers to be cautious at holiday festivals and outdoor markets. It is urging Americans to avoid large crowds and be vigilant when visiting tourist sites, riding public transportation and meeting in places of worship, hotels, restaurants and other gathering spots.The advisory praises European efforts to disrupt plots, but says the U.S. remains concerned about ...

MH370 relatives to look for plane themselves Credit: AFP     Relatives of MH370 passengers will travel to Madagascar next month in hopes of re-kindling efforts to find and recover seaborne debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet, next-of-kin association Voice370 said Monday. The Boeing 777 jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.  It is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean, but an extensive deep-sea hunt off Australia's west coast has so far failed to find a single piece of debris from the plane, with the search set to end by early 2017. Voice370 has repeatedly complained about the lack of a coordinated search in the western Indian Ocean and along the African coast despite the recovery there of several...