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Travel in the news – Monday, November 5

Daily Telegraph

Artefacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun will go on display in London this month, in an exhibition that is expected to draw crowds of more than two million. More than 325,000 tickets, which cost £15 for adults, have already been sold through the Internet. It starts on November 15 and will run untill August 31 at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

The National Trust may buy green belt land to prevent the Government “eroding” the countryside with its house building plans.

The Times

Shoppers are expected to pay for Christmas on their credit cards as they struggle to meet their everyday expenses. The Citizens Advice Bureau says consumers are having difficulty keeping up with bills such as council tax.

Shetland has been voted the fouth most desirable island in the world by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, ahead of Hawaii, Bali and the Caribbean.

Backpackers are being warned of “death trap” hostels after research found that up to a thousand travellers are caught up in fires each year. The research by gapyear.com found that 20 fires in hostels had been recorded in the last nine months.

Daily Mail

Two pilots fell asleep on an overnight flight to the US in 2004, a Congressional hearing on flight safety revealed. The pair were woken by an air traffic controller who noticed they were travelling too high and too fast.

Financial Times

Ryanair has increased its profits in the last six months and raised its forecast for full year profits.The carrier is to launch an inflight mobile phone service in March.

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