Drivers and passengers to face fines for littering

Car owners are to face fines of £100 if anyone throws litter from their vehicle.

Make the upgrade: Frequent flyers should start racking up miles sooner rather than later

Richard Quest: Why business travellers should get miles ahead

The View From Here

Dominican Republic, Sicily, Marrakech

Now... Dominican delight

The Dominican Republic offers a host of natural wonders including the Caribbean's highest peak at Pico Duarte, and its largest lake at Lake Enriquillo. Fly out on 25 January from Manchester for a 14-night stay at ClubHotel Riu Mambo in Bahia Maimon on the north coast for £935 per person, all inclusive, with Thomas Cook. Thomascook.com

The snow-sports fans are already out in force in Whistler

There's no shortage of snow on the slopes of North America

Snow Report: It looks like another bumper year for powder in the US and Canada

Travel Challenge Costa Rica

Each week we invite three travel companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to Costa Rica. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. All prices include 14 nights' accommodation and flights from Heathrow in early February next year.

Travel Challenge: City and safari in South Africa

Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day trip to South Africa combining a city break and a safari adventure. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include flights from Heathrow in January and twice-daily guided wildlife drives or walks at the respective safari lodges.

Travel Challenge: A two-week holiday in New Zealand

Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to New Zealand. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include Air New Zealand flights from Heathrow in early February.

Groupon flotation values voucher website at $13bn

Groupon, the online marketing sensation, will make its stock market debut in New York today, after a share sale that values the three-year-old company at $13bn.

Loyalty shown to supermarkets and banks

Customers are most loyal to banks and building societies, supermarkets and mobile phone companies, according to the latest Ipsos Mori and the Logic Group poll.

Silent, solid and speedy – the latest revolution to hit Paris

John Lichfield tests one of the new 'help-yourself' hire cars

What Sir Stelios did next: set up a rival airline to easyJet

The most dysfunctional business relationship in aviation took another bizarre turn yesterday when it emerged that Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the billionaire founder of easyJet, is proposing to set up another airline, called Fastjet.

Wallonia: A kaleidoscope of sights

Head to Southern Belgium for a huge array of attractions, says Harriet O’Brien

Leading article: A hi-tech spoke in the speeder's wheels

You don't have to be a parent or a teenager to empathise with the gleeful relief of the former and the surly resignation of the latter at this week's announcement from Ford.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
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Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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