Travel Agenda: British Tourism Week; impact of tourism on wild animals; Monarch Airlines

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Today: The ancient turns modern: Hadrian's Wall is being illuminated from the North to the Irish Sea to mark the start of British Tourism Week and 1,600 years since the end of the Roman Britain. Ignition of the lights starts at 5.45pm in Wallsend and continues for 84 miles throughout the evening (;

This week: Listen to Born Free founder Virginia McKenna, The Independent's Simon Calder, and the investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre discuss the impact of tourism on wild animals on 18 March at the Royal Geographical Society in London. An accompanying exhibition will run from Monday to 19 March (bornfree. In Dubai, the official opening date of the long-awaited Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa materialises on Thursday. While no interior pictures have been made available, you can expect a certain amount of style for the 2,000 dirhams (£364) per night price tag (

In the diary: Monarch Airlines is launching weekly flights to Santorini in Greece from Gatwick and Manchester. The flights will depart on Tuesdays between 5 May and 5 October (