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Etihad reduces Dublin and Edinburgh flights
The Gulf carrier will also cut some services to Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur this winter

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HHonors launches 'Triple Your Points' promo
Between September 1 and December 31, double points will be awarded for eligible stays from Monday to Thursday and triple points for stays from Friday to Sunday

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Norwegian orders another two B787-9s
Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service on long-haul routes in summer 2017

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Singapore Airlines ups Mumbai services
From October 25, the carrier will increase flights on its Singapore-Mumbai route to 17 per week

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2000 - British Airways goes fully flat in Club World. Michelle Harbi recalls the launch of BA"s "yin-yang" seating concept 15 years ago

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Top 20 travel accessories
From pocket printers to smart chargers, Steve Dineen recommends handy add-ons for your gadgets (in no particular order)

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Buy and fly
On sale now tax-free at the airport

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Los Angeles 2015
Tom Otley explores LA's historical Hispanic heart, located in the city"s rejuvenated Downtown area

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Life and Seoul
A thriving metropolis surrounded by natural beauty, South Korea"s capital has all-round appeal, says Andrew Salmon

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In the fast lane
There"s more to Monaco than its casino and couture – but it"s a good place to start, says Michelle Harbi

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The joy of flight
Andrew Eames picks six of the UK"s most exhilarating air services

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Power meetings
First-class air links and accommodation and a wide range of venues make Frankfurt a fine choice for events, says Jenny Southan

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Welcome to Kenya
It"s not only popes and presidents visiting Nairobi this year – growth in trade and industry is bringing in business travellers too, reports Jenny Southan

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The Gulf between
Once the titans of transit travel, the South East Asian hubs have been hit by the rise of Middle East carriers. Alex McWhirter reports on where they go from here

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Front row seat
Digital connectivity will soon be transforming the onboard experience. Tom Otley reveals the latest technology set to make your journey fly by

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Data zone
Helping you make the right travel decisions. This issue: Hotel Dining Index 2015

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BA to fly B787-9 daily to Silicon Valley
The London Heathrow route will be the only service between Europe and San Jose when it launches in May

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Turkish Airlines adds daily Venice service
A B737-800 will operate daily as TK1839/1840 between Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Venice Marco Polo airports

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Langham to open Dubai hotel
Langham Place Downtown Dubai will contain both a five-star hotel and serviced apartments

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Emirates adds second Frankfurt A380
From January 1, flights EK47/48 will switch from a B777-300ER to the superjumbo

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

CAA announces restrictions on UK airshows
- Our thoughts remain with all of those affected by this tragedy - CAA review of air shows already commenced - New restrictions now in place for future air shows - Temporary measures introduced to give authorities time for thorough review The thoughts of everyone at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) remain with all of those affected by the tragic accident at the Shoreham Air Show on Saturday 22 August. Following the accident we immediately began an urgent review and have, today, annou Read More
CAA statement on Shoreham Airshow incident
A CAA spokesperson said: "The thoughts of everyone at the CAA remain with all of those affected by the tragic accident at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday 22 August. We will be offering every assistance to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch as it seeks to establish the cause in the coming weeks. "The safety standards that must be met by all major civil air displays in the UK are among the very highest in the world. All air display arrangements, including the pilots and aircraft, must mee Read More
CAA statement on Shoreham Airshow incident
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CAA action leads to airlines changing policies and means passengers will get better support
UK passengers can now look forward to improved support during disruption, following the UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) enforcement action against three major airlines. Read More
AOPA gets training recognition
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has become the first organisation to be endorsed under a new 'good training provider' scheme run by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AOPA's established Wings Award Scheme has been judged by the CAA as a worthy recipient of its Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) initiative. The CAA introduced PROUD as a Read More
BMAA first recipient of new airworthiness oversight standard
The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) has been given 'A8-26' approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which delegates greater responsibility for airworthiness oversight of recreational 'Permit to Fly' microlights. The move, which will allow the BMAA to develop a greater level of oversight of the microlight sector, is in line with the CAA's intention to introduce a more proportionate approach to regulating recreational aviation. Under the approval the BMAA provide design Read More
New guidance for private pilots offering charity flights
More UK private pilots will be able to offer flights for charity following a simplification of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) requirements. New guidance replaces the Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC W 104/201) on Charity Flights. A blanket permission will now be available for pilots if they meet certain basic requirements. This removes any need for pilots to have to apply to the CAA to car Read More
UK extends SERA exemptions
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that some of the UK's existing exemptions from the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) will continue. The CAA will continue to work closely with the European Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and UK Department for Transport (DfT) regarding the development and implementation of SERA. As part of this ongoing activity, the UK has extended an existing exemption allowing arrangements for flying clear of cloud within Cl Read More
Be PROUD and keep learning, CAA tell GA pilots
A new scheme to improve the skills levels of private pilots has been launched today by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The initiative aims to encourage GA associations and organisations to provide 'life-long' learning programmes for their members and other pilots to help improve safety The Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) scheme provides a framework for pilot training programmes to meet Read More
New consultation on small experimental aircraft launched
New simple requirements for the initial testing process for experimental aircraft in the UK that will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers moved a step closer today with the launch of a final consultation on the changes by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The consultation is aimed at reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new Read More

News |

Exclusive Escapes ceases trading
Turkey specialist Exclusive Escapes has ceased trading with immediate effect. Read More
Icelandair marks 70 years of flights to Scotland with Glasgow boost
Flights from Glasgow to Reykjavik are being increased by Icelandair as the carrier marks its 70th anniversary of flying to Scotland. Read More
London Night Tube service launch postponed
The introduction of London's Night Tube service, due to start on September 12, has been postponed to allow more talks with unions. Read More
Fone N Fly ceases trading
Flight-only specialist Fone N Fly has ceased trading. Read More
Tui specialist group to close Meon Villas in October
Villas tour operator Meon Villas, part of Tui Group's Specialist Holidays Group, is to be closed at the end of October. Read More
Park Plaza parent reports strong half-year demand
Park Plaza Hotels parent PPHE Hotel Group today reported strong demand in the first half of the year with revenue up by 12.4% to €141 million. Read More
Irish Ferries reports strong summer peak trading
Irish Ferries today reported strong trading during the summer peak. Read More
Dreamliners set to expand Norwegian long-haul fleet
Scandinavian low cost carrier Norwegian is to expand its long haul fleet with the addition of two Boeing 787-9 extended range Dreamliners. Read More
Cunard unveils 2017 world cruise itineraries
Details of Cunard’s 2017 world cruises have been released with the line’s three ships making a number of calls at new ports. Read More
Ryanair recruitment drive to fill hundreds of crew roles
Ryanair is embarking on a European recruitment drive to fill ‘hundreds’ of cabin crew roles. Read More
Bath Travel to reintroduce fly-cruise and escorted holidays from Bournemouth
Bath Travel is to reintroduce fly-cruise and escorted holidays from Bournemouth airport, as parent company Hays Travel opens three high street stores. Read More
Taxman to take a cut of APC rebate
Agency members of Accredited Bodies won’t enjoy the full 50% rebate on payments of the £2.50 Atol Protection Charge (APC) as the UK tax office will take 20%. Read More
Millions of Brits planning UK trips this weekend, says VisitEngland
A total of 4.8 million Britons are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK over the August bank holiday weekend, with 4.5 million planning a holiday in England. Read More
Big rise in uninsured young holidaymakers, claims Abta
A big rise in young holidaymakers travelling uninsured has emerged in a new study by Abta released today (Thursday). Read More
Abta says 1.9m to head overseas for bank holiday weekend
Abta estimates that 1.9 million people will be travelling overseas over the August 28-31 period. Read More

Destinations |

Africa Parks v Conservancies: Select your safari
Joanna Booth looks at how safari experiences differ from national parks to private conservancies Read More
Escorted tours: The Italian Job
Pick a trip that stands out from the crowd in this touring hotspot Read More
Escorted tours: Go the extra mile
Enhance an escorted tour with add-ons and extensions Read More
10 of the best off the beaten track tours
See more unusual places with an escorted tour Read More
Active & Adventure: Little learners
Activity-focused resorts provide the perfect environment for sporting progress whatever your age, discovers Juliet Dennis in Greece Read More
Theme Parks & Attractions: Roll credits
Jenni Doggett puts the pedal to the metal for the opening of Fast & Furious at Universal Studios Hollywood and looks at other launches Read More
SeaWorld: A view to a thrill
Travel Weekly competition winner Julie Ausden-Day reports from SeaWorld on her family’s best holiday ever Read More
Asia: 48 Hours in Kyoto
Japanese traditions are very much alive in Kyoto, finds Morag Bruce Read More
Asia: Thailand 3 ways
Meera Dattani celebrates the Asian favourite's variety Read More
Travelife: How green is this hotel?
You’ve seen the Travelife logo in brochures, but what does it mean? Ian Taylor joins a Travelife audit to find out Read More
Special Report: What lies behind a Travelife award?
You’ve probably heard of the Travelife certification scheme run by Abta. But what does a Travelife award mean? Ian Taylor joined a Travelife audit to find out. Read More
German Christmas markets: The main event
See Frankfurt at its most festive on a Christmas markets break Read More
Family holidays: Life lessons
Turn the world into a classroom by recommending an educational escape Read More
Family holidays: Winter 3 ways
Keep it cool with a fun family adventure this winter Read More
Morocco: Pause & play
Set the right pace for a balanced break Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Sam Cassem
Taking a risk to start an agency proved the right decision for Sam. Read More
Readers' Lives: Sarah-Nova Pattison
Home-based agent to be first in The Cruise Village's Scotland division. Read More
Readers' Lives: Jaime Vaughan
Tui sales manager reveals her passion for sustainability. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Darren Robinson
You couldn’t find a greater fan of the US than Darren, who simply can’t get enough of the destination. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Burgess
Gold Medal ‘Golden Opportunity’ competition winner The Adeona Travel partner, a former director of Worldchoice, Triton and The Travel Network Group, won £5,000 to market Dubai in a competition run by Gold Medal, in partnership with Travel Weekly and Dubai Tourism, plus a holiday for two to the emirate. We asked her about the trip and her marketing plans Q. Why did you enter the Golden Opportunity competition? A. I thought it would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and ... Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Stacie Guiel
Visiting Massachusetts on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip was the perfect way for Thomson assistant retail manager Stacie Guiel to experience the US for the first time. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cassy Cullen
Cassy Cullen was one of the first agents to visit the new BH Mallorca hotel, formerly Mallorca Rocks, after its revamp and rebrand. Read More
Readers' Lives: Bridget Keevil
At the end of August, travel agency owner Bridget Keevil will give up her job for 11 months to take on the biggest challenge of her life – participating in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race to raise £5,000 for Abta LifeLine Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Wilby
Travel agent by day, songstress by night – that’s Kinloss-based Emma Wilby’s life. Read More
Advice: How to decide whether to move job
Are you really ready for a career move? The travel industry is recruiting in abundance, and therefore it is important when considering a career move you take the time to really understand your own motivations. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Leila Jover
When colleagues suggested Leila Jover apply to go on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip, she wasn’t convinced. Read More
Advice: How to upsell to a premium escorted tour
Advice from Paul Melinis, UK sales director, Insight Vacations Read More
Readers' Lives: Jill Oddy
Just as Jill Oddy was desperately trying to find an escorted tour of Japan for clients with a very specific timespan, the answer came through the door as if by magic in the form of Trafalgar sales representative Aaron Candler. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Tustin
When Helen Tustin’s shop managers approached her with the idea of entering the Take the Clia Cruise Challenge, there was no question of not applying. Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Harewood
She has dressed up as Batman and as a cowboy for charity, but Emma Harewood’s latest challenge takes her fundraising efforts to a new level. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: TAP launches new UK agents website
TAP, the leading airline to Portugal from the UK, has launched a brand new dedicated portal for UK travel agents. With no log-in required, the website means more information is available at agents’ fingertips than ever before, enabling a better service for their clients and an easier booking experience with TAP.
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News: Fast & Furious: Supercharged coming to Universal Orlando Resort
One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its line-up of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination.
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News: Azamara Club Cruises launches virtual reality on-board experience
Azamara Club Cruises has launched a new app that showcases a series of 360-degree virtual reality experiences. The video series, known as Azamara 3di, uses virtual reality technology to allow guests to experience a cruise virtually. From touring the on-board offerings of an Azamara ship, zip lining through a Costa Rican rainforest, taking a moonlit carriage ride in Cartagena, Colombia or sailing through the Panama Canal, the new Azamara App is designed to give guests a true flavour of what the line offers.
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News: Lagos leads African hospitality charge ahead of AHIF 2015
The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, show that Lagos is the hottest city in Africa, when it comes to the development of new hotels by international hotel investors. In compiling the data, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. To qualify for the study, hotel chains need to be operating in more than one country so by definition, more hotel development activity is taking place because domestic players in the market have not been counted.
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News: New leadership for Burj al Arab Jumeirah
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the appointment of Imran Changezi as hotel manager at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the same time Niamh Keohan will take over as director of marketing and public relations at the property. Changezi, a Pakistani national, brings over 22 years of commercial and operational experience in the hospitality industry, including nearly 15 years in high-end luxury hotels and resorts across various properties in Jumeirah Group.
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News: British Airways flies into Silicon Valley, San José
Sun-drenched Silicon Valley is to get a direct service to Heathrow when British Airways starts offering non-stop flights to San José in summer 2016. San José is the world’s software power-house and home to household hi-tech giants such as Adobe, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Google and Intel, as well as thousands of tech start-up companies and world-famous Stanford University in nearby Palo Alto.
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News: Sorenstam welcomes golfers to Annika Invitational at Mission Hills
Annika Sorenstam’s drive to grow the game of golf gathered momentum at this week’s fifth Annika Invitational at Mission Hills. Sorenstam, who is considered one of the greatest females ever to play the game, mixed with the players at a variety of fun functions.
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News: Millions of Brits planning Bank Holiday getaway
VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker Survey today reveals that 4.8 million Brits, or nine per cent of the adult population, are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend. This includes some 4.5 million planning a holiday in England. This is likely to generate some £1.2 billion for the UK economy, £1.1 billion of which will be spent in England.
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News: Sriwijaya Air welcomes latest Boeing additions to fleet
Sriwijaya Air has welcomed the delivery of two new Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes from Boeing. This is the first all-new airplane delivery for Sriwijaya Air, Indonesia’s third largest carrier. “Today is a very important day for Sriwijaya Air, with the delivery of our first all-new airplanes,” said Chandra Lie, president of Sriwijaya Air.
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News: VLM Airlines to link Birmingham to Antwerp, Belgium
Birmingham is set to have a direct connection to the thriving commercial and tourist centre of Antwerp in Belgium, thanks to a new service by European carrier VLM Airlines launching on October 5th, 2015. Passengers will be able to choose from daily return Birmingham-Antwerp flights, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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News: Brits in the dark over currency conversion
New research from the DCC Forum highlights UK consumers’ ignorance around foreign currency exchange rates. The research, released today to mark the launch of the DCC Forum, was conducted with YouGov across more than 2,000 UK consumers and asked Britons to convert £1 into its equivalent value in euros. Only one in ten respondents provided an accurate estimation, identifying that £1 converts to roughly €1.4.
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News: Big hitters line up for CruiseWorld China as market blossoms
Travel Weekly China has revealed the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12th, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees. “We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China,” said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media.
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News: Expedia Media Solutions launches new Bermuda Tourism video
Expedia group’s Media Solutions team has teamed up with Bermuda Tourism to highlight the destination in a new ‘choose your own adventure’ video campaign. The video, created with filming and production agency Archer’s Mark and co-producers Big DB, was filmed using specially-designed wearable cameras to deliver a truly personal perspective. The Bermuda Tourism interactive video kicked off mid-August and will run through the end of December.
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News: LATA welcomes increased airlift to Latin America
The Latin American Travel Association, the travel trade association that promotes travel to the many diverse and exotic destinations of Latin America, has welcomed the news that LATA member British Airways is to introduce new direct flights from London Gatwick to Peru and from Gatwick to Costa Rica. Both services will commence on May 4th 2016.
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News: London Gatwick set for busiest ever Bank Holiday weekend
London Gatwick is set for its busiest ever August Bank Holiday weekend as 580,000 passengers plan to travel through the airport. The figure is an increase of 17.2 per cent on Bank Holiday passenger numbers since the airport became independent from BAA in 2009. Berlin sees the biggest rate of growth of any destination, rising by 54 per cent on 2014 joined by Madrid, up 26 per cent and Istanbul up 22 per cent.
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News: Finnair to launch new Edinburgh-Helsinki route in 2016
Finnair is set to launch a seasonal service from Edinburgh to Helsinki in 2016, offering travellers faster connections to Finnair’s network of Asian destinations. The service begins on April 18th 2016 and will operate to October 27th 2016. Edinburgh will be served by three flights a week operated by a Finnair Airbus A319.
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News: Pickard takes over leadership of St Helena tourism
Christopher Pickard has taken up the role of director of tourism for St Helena. He will be on a two-year contract, and will take up his post on arrival at St Helena on October 14th 2015. Pickard will be working with Enterprise St Helena and the Tourist Office and will build on the work already started in expanding, developing and enhancing St Helena’s tourism industry to be on par with best practices globally and for the benefit of the Saint community, the tourism sector and investors alike.
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News: Flights suspended at Dublin Airport following fire
Flight operations have been temporarily suspended at Dublin Airport this morning. The suspension comes as fire crews at the airport deal with a fire in one of the hangars. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or consult their airline website for the latest flight information.
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News: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong offers Dragon Phoenix treatment
This September, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is recommending Dragon Phoenix, a signature wellness ritual for couples. Dragon Phoenix adapts traditional Chinese healing wisdom to the changing season. Represented by red and gold, the mythical creatures, Dragon and Phoenix are often used to characterise the Emperor and Empress, and they symbolise the power of cosmic energy and marital harmony blessed with good luck and prosperity.
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News: Cancun leads Caribbean for hotel occupancy
The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Cancun hotels recorded occupancy rates of 93 per cent in the first half of 2015; this represents a year on year increase of 2.5 per cent. The figures are published as Mexico’s favourite holiday destination looks on course to enjoy a record year for tourist numbers. Cancun is now one of the best performing destinations in the world for hotel occupancy levels.
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