NYOPPUSSET TRENDHOTELL PÅ IBIZA

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Hotel Es Vive på Ibiza er blitt renovert for 20 millioner kroner, og er kåret til det beste boutiquehotellet på Ibiza av TripAdvisors brukere, skriver Se og Hør.

Takterassen (bildet) alene er vel verdt prisen på kr.2000 per natt for et dobbeltrom.

Les mer på hotellets hjemmeside: www.hotelesvive.com

#Balearene #By #Ferie #Hotell #Hovedstad #Ibiza #Reise #SeOgHør #Spania #TripAdvisor #Turisme

LEGENDARY CAFE CLOSES ITS DOORS

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Grand Cafe, with artist Per Krog’s famous murals in the background. Photo: www.grand.no

Oslo’s Grand Café, patronized by such Norwegian cultural legends as Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch, will close its doors for good this autumn after 141 years of operation. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that employees were called in to a meeting Tuesday afternoon where they were told their services would no longer be needed as of September 1, Views and News from Norway – www.newsinenglish.no reports.

Grand Hotel

The historic café on the street Level of the Grand Hotel in Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize winners traditionally reside, has been unprofitable for years, its owners told DN.

“We have tried everything,” café manager Helge Krogsbol told DN. “We have really had a strong desire to make the Grand Café profitable. It hasn’t been possible.”

A total of 40 full-time equivalent jobs will disappear and 55 employees will be affected when the Grand Café Closes. “The employees have had an idea that this would happen, but it’s a shock nevertheless,” Tore Skjelstadaune of their labour organization Fellesforbundet told DN.

The café opened in 1874 and was a regular watering hole for the artists who comprised the so-called “Kristiania Bohemians” at the time. That was when Oslo still carried the name imposed upon it when Norway was under Danish rule.

Playwright Henrik Ibsen would eat lunch at Grand Café every day, leaving his home not far away on Drammensveien (now renamed Henrik Ibsens Gate) and stopping along the way to check his watch before arriving for his midday meal.

The Grand Café was also a favorite watering hole for artist Edvard Munch but he rarely had enough money to pay for his food and drink. He once offered to give the proprietor his now-famous painting Syk pike (The sick girl) in return for for 100 steak dinners, but it was rejected.

Munch and other Norwegian artists such as Christian Krogh and Frits Thaulow did manage on other occasions, though, to swap paintings for a Chateaubriand with beer and aquavit. The cafe has long been adorned with a mural featuring its famous guests on the wall.

“It is a fantastic location,” Krogsbol told DN. Now it may wind up as a clothing store. The hotel’s new owners, a partnership called Pandox controlled by the Sundt family and Christian Ringnes’ real estate firm Eiendomsspar, is responsible for leasing out the locale.

Losses amounted to NOK 20 million last year along, Krogsbol said, noting that the café has faced tough competition from all the new restaurants opening up in Oslo on a regular basis.

While business continues to boom at the rival Theatercafeen in the nearby Hotel Continental, the Grand never managed to pull in the crowds despite various seasonal promotions. Some locals complained of high prices and mediocre food. The café was also used as the breakfast room for hotel guests.

They’ll now be fed in the hotel’s mirrored banquet room.

Kilde / Source: Views and News from Norway – www.newsinenglish.no

#By #Cafe #Ferie #GrandCafe #GrandHotell #HenrikIbsen #Hotell #Hovedstad #Ibsen #Kafe #Kunst #Munch #Norge #Oslo #Reise #Turisme

#Art #Capital #City #Holiday #Hotel #Norway #Tourism #Travel

 

 

DEN GRESKE AMBASSADEN GARANTERER PROBLEMFRI HELLAS-FERIE

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Folk har stått i minibankkøer over hele Hellas de siste dagene. her fra Athen mandag morgen. Foto: Stringer Reuters / www.e24.no

Athen

Den greske ambassaden i Oslo mener at turister som er eller skal på ferie til Hellas, ikke vil støte på problemer som følge av de utfordringene landet står midt oppe i.

I en pressemelding som ble sendt ut mandag, minner ambassaden om at begrensningen på et uttak på maksimalt 60 euro dagen ikke gjelder for kredittkort eller minibankkort som er utstedt utenfor Hellas, melder NTB.

Videre heter det at «vi forventer ikke noen ulemper» i ferieopplevelsen til dem som befinner seg på øyene og på fastlandet. Det heter også at det er tilstrekkelig med forsyninger av både drivstoff og andre varer.

I tillegg vises det til turistdepartementet som uttaler at folk som planlegger eller er på ferie i Hellas, kan «fortsette å nyte sin ferie uten problemer i det hele tatt».

Greske banker er stengt ut uka. Norges ambassadør til landet, Sjur Larsen, sier til NTB at nordmenn må være forberedt på i større grad enn før å bli bedt om å betale med kontanter.

Et generelt råd om å ta med tilstrekkelig med kontanter, førte til ekstra stor pågang ved minibankene på Gardermoen mandag, der Hellas-turister sikret seg euro før avreise.

Den greske ambassaden i Oslo: www.mfa.gr/oslo

Den norske ambassaden i Athen har oppdatert informasjon om den økonomiske og politiske situasjonen i Hellas: www.norway.gr

#Ambassadør #Athen #Bank #By #Euro #Ferie #Gardermoen #Hellas #Hovedstad #Oslo #Reise #Turisme

 

GIGANTKAI PÅ SVALBARD MED AMERIKANSK HJELP?

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Slik ser arkitektfirmaet Snøhetta for seg at kaianlegget på Svalbard kan bli seende ut.

Amerikanske investorer har meldt sin interesse for å være med i en omfattende havneutbygging i Longyearbyen på Svalbard, skriver www.travelnews.no

– USA har undertegnet Svalbardtraktaten, og å bygge ut havnekapasitet på Svalbard vil være svært fremtidsrettet, sier Svalbard-eksport Willy Østrem til NRK.no.

Østrem er president i Norsk Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning. Han ser ingen formelle hindringer for amerikanske investeringer på Svalbard.

Planene om å bygge et flytende kaianlegg til flere hundre millioner kroner har allerede vært tatt opp med amerikanske investorer. For på Svalbard går diskusjonen nå høyt om hva øygruppen i fremtiden skal leve av.

Hjørnesteinsbedriften Store Norske sliter økonomisk, i den grad at sjansen er stor for at driften blir lagt ned. Da må man ha andre økonomiske bein å stå på.

Utbyggingen av havna blir pekt på som svært viktig, ikke minst om man fremover ønsker å utvide turisttrafikken i området. Det er nemlig stor mangel på kaiplass, samt et sterkt behov for en småbåthavn. Mange tror ellers at Svalbard vil kunne spille en sentral rolle i den økende skipstrafikken, som er et resultat av at isen rundt polpunktet smelter. Lokalstyret på Svalbard har derfor fått laget et utkast til utbygging, som beløper seg til flere hundre millioner kroner.

Det er snakk om en avansert flytekai med to innvendige etasjer, og to påbygg med to til tre etasjer på kaia. Et kombinert kai- og lageranlegg med kontorlokaler, som i tillegg til å ta imot mange titalls tusen turister i året, skal også huse universitetsansatte, studenter og et laboratorium for forskning på marint, arktisk miljø.

– Vi må diskutere hvordan dette skal finansieres, sier leder i lokalstyret Christin Kristoffersen (Ap), som har vært i kontakt med potensielle investorer. – Det legges opp til privat medvirkning i prosjektet, sier hun videre.

#Amerikansk #Ap #Arbeiderpartiet #By #Ferie #Hovedstad #Longyearbyen #NRK #Reise #Spitsbergen #Svalbard #Turisme #USA

ROYAL AIR MAROC INCREASES ITS FLIGHTS FROM CASABLANCA TO NOUAKCHOTT

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The Moroccan carrier, Royal Air Maroc or RAM, will increase its Casablanca-Nouakchott flights to six a week as of July 11 and projects to service Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, on a daily basis in the short term, www.medafricatimes.com reports.

This additional flight reflects the excellent relationship between the Moroccan and the Mauritanian carriers, commented RAM regional director, Hicham Benosmane.

Royal Air Maroc and Mauritania Airlines concluded earlier this June an interline agreement that allows RAM to increase the number of its flights to Nouakchott.

The agreement allows ticket holders of each of the two companies to use either carrier and provides, in addition, for the strengthening of cooperation between the two companies in technical, administrative and vocational training fields.

This June, RAM has also reduced by 50% the tickets fare for a Casablanca-Dakar round trip to around $400 (DH 3900)

This ticket price reduction in a peak period marked by massive movement of Moroccan and Senegalese students enrolled in academic institutions of the two countries as well as tradesmen and tourists, translates the company’s commitment vis-à-vis its historical Casablanca-Dakar line open since 1957, year of birth of the Moroccan carrier, and vis-à-vis the strong relationship between Morocco and Senegal.

#By #Casablanca #Dakar #Ferie #Flyselskap #Hovedstad #Marokko #Mauritania #Nouakchott #Reise #Senegal #Turisme

#Airline #Capital #City #Holiday #Morocco #Tourism #Travel

 

PERUVIAN-UAE RELATIONS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

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Lima, capital of Peru.

Peru expects the opening of the United Arab Emirates embassy in Lima there “very soon”, www.gulfnews.com reports.

Peruvian and UAE relations are going from strength to strength be it in trade, investments, and political relations for the past four years, a top diplomat said.

Peruvian Consul-General in Dubai, Mr.Carlos Tavera said since the establishment of the Peruvian consulate-general in Dubai in 2011, much has been achieved in terms the relations between the two countries.

“Results have been good for us. We increased trade, we increased tourism, and we increased investments. Now we’re expecting the UAE to open an embassy in Peru and we are sure that according to the conversations, it is going to happen very soon,” Tavera told Gulf News on the sidelines of an event promoting Peru as a tourism destination to the UAE.

If the talks push through, Peru will host the second UAE embassy in the South American continent, following Brazil.

Peruvian exports to the UAE increased from $3 million (Dh11.01 million) in 2011 to $70 million in 2014. Peru’s main exports to the UAE include gold, bulletproof windows, car windows, food and beverage products, home decors and fashion products, said Alvaro Silva-Santisteban, director of the trade, tourism and investment office of Peru in Dubai.

UAE investments in Peru, on the other hand, with three big companies based in Peru, amount to $1.3 to 1.5 billion.

Peru continues to be the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water’s partner in growing the South American crop, quinoa, locally to help enhance the country’s food security.

During the event, Tavera invited UAE residents to not only try out their food and crops but also to see the real thing by visiting Peru.

“Peru is a country with a very rich culture, very rich geography and it’s a must-visit,” he said.

Tavera said the first Muslim-friendly hotel in South America, the five star luxury Lima Sonesta Hotel El Olivar, opened in Lima last year, signalling they’re ready to receive tourists from the Arab world.

The consulate doubled the visa issuances since 2011, which now stands at 1,500 annually.

There are an estimated 400 Peruvians in the UAE, the biggest in the Mena region. They work in different fields namely, aviation, hospitality, oil industry, and business and Finance.

#Ambassade #Brasil #By #Dubai #Emiratene #Ferie #ForenteArabiskeEmirater #Hotell #Hovedstad #Konsulat #Lima #Peru #Reise #Turisme

#Brazil #Capital #City #Consulate #Embassy #Emirates #Hotel #Tourism #Travel #UnitedArabEmirates

HEYERDAHL-CRUISE I POLYNESIA

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“Aranui 5”

Lasteskipet “Aranaui 5” er siste nyvinning hos Polynesias svar på Hurtigruten – nyhet hos Fijireiser kommende vinter, skriver VG. Kombi-skipet for passasjerer og last minner ikke rent lite om det gamle Hurtigrute-skipet MS “Narvik”. 

Skipet seiler mellom øyene, og gjør 14 stopp på rundturen fra Papeete på Tahiti, hovedstaden i Fransk Polynesia. Flere av øyene har nesten ikke biler eller veier.

Og akkurat som på Hurtigruten kan passasjerene ta en tur i land mens skipet lastes og losses.

Om bord er stilen uformell og avslappet, og man rusler gjerne omkring i shorts,

Aranui-turen går blant annet innom øya Fathu Hiva hvor Thor Heyerdahl og hans kone Liv var på bryllupsreise – og til øya Hiva Oa, der den franske kunstneren Paul Gaugin malte noen av sine mesterverk.

Den polynesiske “hurtigruten” er for øvrig kåret til “The worlds best adventure cruise” av Men’s Journal.

#By #Båt #Cruise #Ferie #Fiji #Frankrike #FranskPolynesia #Gaugin #Heyerdahl #Hovedstad #Hurtigruten #Kunst #Narvik #Oseania #Papeete #Polynesia #Reise #Skip #Stillehavet #Tahiti #ThorHeyerdahl #Turisme #VG

STRANDKLUBBKONSEPTET PURO BEACH ÅPNET I BARCELONA

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Mange kjenner det spanske strandklubbkonseptet Puro Beach, og flere avdelinger skal det bli, skriver Se og Hør.

I slutten av mai åpnet åpnet den første urbane Puro Beach i Barcelona. Oasen ligger på toppen av Hilton Diagonal Bar, har svømmebasseng, balinesiske senger, hengekøyer og restaurant – alt i rent, hvitt design.

Fra før er det sju resorter i Spania, Toscana, Romania og Dubai, og senere i år åpner nye klubber både i Egypt og i De forente arabiske emirater.

Les mer på www.purobeach.com

#Bali #Barcelona #Beach #By #Dubai #Egypt #Emirtene #Ferie #ForenteArabiskeEmirater #Hilton #Hovedstad #Italia #Katalonia #Reise #Romania #SeOgHør #Spania #Strand #Toscana #Turisme

PORT MORESBY 2015 OFFICIALLY OPEN CARITAS HALL VENUE AS POM RACQUETS CLUB GETS TEMPORARY REBRANDING

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The Taurama Aquatic Centre is one of four to be renamed for the Games and the latest addition to the list is the POM Racquets Club, www.insidethegames.biz reports.

Port Moresby 2015 have announced the Caritas Hall venue is officially open, while Steamships will be the title sponsor of the POM Racquets Club as preparations continue ahead of the Pacific Games, due to begin on July 4.

The multi-purpose hall, which will host bodybuilding, table tennis and boxing during the Games, was handed over to Port Moresby 2015 earlier this month and is expected to be one of the centrepieces of the event.

It has seating for 11,000 and Port Moresby 2015 claim it will be full to capacity for the boxing competitions, which are close to selling out.

“One of the symbolic thing is how we partner with the local communities to deliver the Games,” Port Moresby 2015 chairwoman Emma Waiwai said.

“Caritas is one of the last venues that we had on Our list and I am very impressed with it and I know that every athlete that takes part in the three sports will be very happy with the venue.”

Port Moresby 2015 have also confirmed that the POM Racquets Club will be renamed the Steamships Racquets Club for the duration of the event, widely-expected to be the biggest ever held in the Papua New Guinea.

The venue becomes the fourth at the Games to take on a temporary name in an attempt to reflect the gratitude Port Moresby 2015 have for their vast array of sponsors.

Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea.

The Sir John Guise Stadium, which will host the Opening Ceremony attended by Prince Andrew, will be known as the Bank South Pacific Stadium throughout the two-week long event.

The company are the principal sponsor of the Games and they have also attached their name to the Taurama Aquatic Center, which will temporarily be called the BSP Arena.

Meanwhile, the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium becomes the PNG Power Dome for the event.

“We are proud to have Steamships and all our other sponsors together with the Government supporting the Games,” Port Moresby 2015 chief executive Peter Stewart said.

“The support they bring is paramount to the success of the country hosting the XV Pacific Games.”

Around 3,000 athletes from 23 nations are due to compete across 28 different sports at the Pacific Games, scheduled to take place until July 18.

#By #Ferie #Hovedstad #Idrett #Oseania #PapuaNyGuinea #PortMoresby #Prins #Reise #Sport #Stadion #Stillehavet #Turisme

#Capital #City #Holiday #Oceania #Pacific #PapuaNewGuinea #Prince #Tourism #Travel 

 

96 000 FOOT TO WORK IN WINDHOEK

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Windhoek

About 96 000 of the 322 500 people living in Namibias’s capital Windhoek walk to work.
This was revealed recently by Clarence Rupingena, manager for public transport at the Windhoek Municipality, who said some people travel from as far as Ombili to Prosperita, www.namibian.com.na reports.

Rupingena said this figure does not include those visiting friends or going shopping, but only those walking to work and to school. He said their research was done during peak morning hours.

“Some of those people’s journey on foot starts at 4h00, just to make it to work on time at 8h00,” he said, adding that this may also contribute to social decay as parents who leave home early cannot give proper attention to their children.

Rupingena also said husbands or wives do not have time to spend together as one or both would often be tired after the long walk home from work. He said, on average, low income earners spend 24% of their income for mobility needs while 52 % of them cannot afford public transport. Former chief executive officer Ian Leyenaar of First National Bank of Namibia in 2013 stated that this sector consists of 45 000 people with a monthly income ranging from N$0 to N$1 500, and another 30 000 with an income of between N$1 500 and N$4 600.

Rupingena announced yesterday that, in a move to address the current shortage of public transport, a team from the municipality went on a trip to South Africa to purchase about 20 more buses. The buses are expected to cost N$ 80 million in total. Rupingena said the municipality will cover 50% of this amount, while government donated N$ 40 million to the municipality which it had received as a donation from the German government.

“Every citizen in this country should be able to access these buses. Even those in wheelchairs,” he said. Additionally, the city is extending its public bus transport service by introducing a pilot project scheduled for Saturday from the Women’s Centre in Katutura to Wernhill Park.

This service starts on 27 June 2015 and it will be running every Saturday between 10h00 and 16h00 at a regular fare of N$5 for a smartcard payment for one single journey. Along the route between the Women’s Centre to Wernhill Park, the bus will serve 10 intermediate stops.

The time intervals are about three minutes between each pick-up point. Rupingena pointed out that they have done a pilot study and taken a route from one stop to another several times to establish that the intervals are practical. Municipality spokesperson Lydia Amutenya in May said the City of Windhoek, and especially the informal areas, are growing at an alarming pace.

“It was estimated that sections of north-western Windhoek grows at a rate of 10% per annum, while the overall city population growth is estimated at 4% per annum,”Amutenya said.

Last year when The Namibian accompanied DTA president McHenry Venaani who joined bus users on a familiarisation tour of public transport as part of his political campaign, it emerged that the buses delay their occupants who arrive late for work. The buses mostly transport domestic and shop workers.

A random search on social networks by The Namibian yesterday revealed that although people appreciate the cheaper fares in comparison to taking a taxi, they would appreciate it if the bus would be on time.

They also pleaded that the city introduces a bus for Havanna, Goreagab and Otjomuise to minimise late arrival at work for people living in those areas.

Currently the municipality has 15 000 people using their 79 buses. Yesterday Rupingena said they only had 50 buses at their disposal, as many of them break down because they are old. He said when there is a shortage of buses, they change their time slots and do pick-ups earlier.

#Buss #By #Drosje #Ferie #Hovedstad #Namibia #Reise #Taxi #Turisme #Windhoek
#Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel