HELSINKI, TAMPERE SEE RECORD OVERNIGHT STAYS IN 2015

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More than three million people overnighted in Helsinki last year, representing a five percent increase on the previous year and a record for the Finnish capital. According to the marketing organisation Visit Helsinki, domestic as well as foreign travelers accounted for the growth in visitor numbers. Tampere also broke standing tourism records, registering over one million overnight stays in 2015, Finnish state state broadcaster YLE reported.

Visit Helsinki, the city’s official marketing machine, said that the increased overnight stays – 3.5 million altogether – came from home-grown visitors as well as tourists from markets such as Germany, Sweden and China. In fact the Chinese proved most eager to explore what the capital had to offer – their numbers grew by 44 percent compared to 2014.

Visit Helsinki said that major international events in particular contributed significantly to last year’s increased visitor figures. The busy event calendar has been part of a systematic strategy to attract headline events, and it seems to have borne fruit, the organisation added.

“Events had a big impact on tourism growth last year; the most important was the Gymnaestrada gymnastics event, which brought 21,000 participants from around the world to Helsinki. The affordable ticket prices for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in December attracted many visitors from major ice hockey countries,” said Visit Helsinki chief executive Tuulikki Becker.

According to the figures, Chinese tourists in particular were keen to sample Helsinki’s sights and sounds. For the first time, they spent more than their Russian counterparts.

Last year visitors spent an average of 1.7 days in Helsinki and the city’s hotel occupancy rate grew to almost 70 percent.

City officials say that they are also optimistic about the prospects for 2016.

“After the longest time, we will see the addition of new accommodation capacity of up to 1,000 rooms. We expect that this will cause a positive development in the number of overnight stays and make it easier to bid for international events,” Tuulikki Becker said.

See more at http://yle.fi/uutiset/helsinki_tampere_see_record_overnight_stays_in_2015/8694109

Source: www.yle.fi

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FÆRRE POLITI PATRULJERER I OSLO

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Mannskap ved ordensavsnittet på Oslos politistasjoner blir ofte brukt til andre ting enn å patruljere, skriver nrk.no 

Siden 2005 har operativ bemanning på politistasjonene i Norges hovedstad gått ned med mellom 7,5 og 35 prosent, viser tall Politiforum har fått tilgang på.

Kilder: NRK.no, Politiforun.

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KØBENHAVN: I DAG ÅPNER DANMARKS FØRSTE BUTIKK FOR MAT SOM HAR GÅTT UT PÅ DATO

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Wefood i Amagerbrogade på Nørrebro i København. Foto: noedhjaelp.dk

I butikken Weefood på Nørrebro i København får du nå kjøpt daggammelt brød og feilpakket ris til rimelige priser. Weefood er Danmarks første butikk for mat som har gått ut på dato, skriver Nettavisen.no

Det anslås at det blir kastet rundt 350.000 tonn spiselig mat hvert i år i Norge. Ellers i verden er også matsvinn en stor utfordring, og nå har danskene bestemt seg for å gjøre noe med all maten som kastet av butikkene. 

I dag 22. februar åpner Folkekirkens Nødhjelp det de kaller «Københavns første sosiale matbutikk», skriver danske TV2.

Butikken ligger i Amagerbrogade 151 på Nørrebro.

Wefood vil selge varer som de større dagligvarehandlene ikke kan. Daggammelt brød og feilpakkede varer er noen av tingene du kan finne til salgs i butikken.

Målet med Wefood er å komme to store utfordringer til livs.

– Grunnprinsippene til Wefood er å gjøre en innsats for det store matsvinnet som eksisterer i Danmark, og samtidig omgjøre noe av dette svinnet til kontanter som vi kan bruke til å hjelpe andre der ute i verden som ikke har mat nok. Det er kjernen, sier sjefen for butikken Per Bjerre til den danske nyhetskanalen.

Butikksjefen sier at at varene i butikken får de fra de større matkjedene og leverandører som av en eller annen grunn ikke får solgt produktene sine.

Blant annet har de allerede fått et stort parti med fastelavensboller som ikke ble solgt 7. februar og en pall med vanlig ris som ble feilmerket som grøtris. 

De sjekker og vurderer alle varer om de er trygge for å spises før de eventuelt havner i butikkhyllene.

– Vi kommer ikke til å selge varer som har passert «siste forbruksdag», men vi kan godt selge varer som har passert «best før». Disse vurderes som spiselige, sier Per Bjerre.

Wefood skriver på sin hjemmeside at deres varer være mellom 30 til 50 prosent billigere enn i vanlige butikker. De vil selge blant annet brød, frukt, grønnsaker, meieriprodukter og andre tørrvarer.

Hvis Wefood i København blir en suksess, vil Folkekirkens Nødhjelp åpne flere slike butikker rundt om i landet, skriver Nettavisen.

Ellers har Frankrike innført forbud mot å kaste mat. Les mer her http://hovedsteder.blogg.no/1453936397__un_doggy_bag_sil_vou.html

Les hele artikkelen om Wefood på Nettavisen her http://www.side2.no/helse/apner-danmarks-frste-butikk-for-mat-som-har-gatt-ut-pa-dato/3423194949.html

Kilder: www.nettavisen.no, www.tv2.dk, www.noedhjaelp.dk

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ASMARA, ERITREA’S CAPITAL CITY – “AKA MIAMI OF AFRICA”, COULD BECOME AFRICA’S NEXT WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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The futuristic Fiat Tagliero Building (1938) in Asmara. Photo: David Stanley / Flickr / Mail&Guardian

Asmara, capital city of Eritrea, has one of the largest collections of modernist architecture in the world, impressive features that bolster the application made on February 1 for it to be listed as a World Heritage site, reports Mail&Guardian.com

Unesco World Heritage Sites are natural and cultural legacies of “outstanding value to humanity” and these approximately 400 buildings and their legacy make Asmara a unique contender for the esteemed status. The fate of the application, submitted by the Asmara Heritage Project (AHP), will be known before July 2017 and, as the Asmara project already meets several of the ten criterion for heritage status, there are high hopes. 

For centuries, Eritrea was influenced by the cultures and religions of different rulers, from the Egyptians and the Ottomans to the Europeans. These all left their traces on the culture and architecture of the country, but it was Italy’s occupation that had the strongest mark. 

Asmara was under Italian occupation from 1889, but it was Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 that transformed the small town then into Africa’s most modern metropolis. 

Asmara grew to become a capital city, with zoning, sanitation and modern drainage systems and buildings that followed the design principles and architectural styles indebted to European tendencies at the turn of the century. 

It should be noted that there was some was some architectural experimentation and innovation also happening with one of the city’s most striking structures, the Fiat Tagliero service station, for example, being built in 1938. It was a bold tribute to futurism which is an Italian artistic movement that had comparatively little architectural exposure.

The spectrum of the modernist buildings exist in an area of about four square kilometres in the town centre and earned Asmara the title as the “Miami of Africa” in reference to the US city’s famous style which features geometric shapes, curves and soft colours. 

But these plans and structures also had African influence.

Many buildings are in run-down condition requiring an overhaul and modernisation of facilities including sanitation and electricity. An important step in this process will be the recognition of the Asmara architecture as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. 

Through recognition there’s hope that the huge costs of renovation and preservation can be met if Asmara’s architecture can become the cornerstone of gainful tourism in Eritrea. 

Though the city’s striking architecture is the icing on the cake, Eritrea has many attractions to offer; the Red Sea, scenic mountain region, diverse fauna and flora, the historical landmarks of antique cultures of the Axumite Empire, Christian churches and monasteries, the Ottoman urban culture with the port of Massawa and the renovated railway from Massawa to Asmara. 

See the whole article, and photos, at http://mgafrica.com/article/2016-02-15-asmara-eritreas-capital-city-africas-next-world-heritage-site
Source: http://mgafrica.com

#Arkitektur #Asmara #By #Destinasjon #Egypt #Eritrea #Etiopia #Fauna #Ferie #Fiat #Flora #Florida #FN #Hovedstad #Imperium #Italia #Jernbane #Kirke #Kloster #Kultur #Landemerke #Massawa #Miami #Mussolini #Ottomansk #Reise #Reiseliv #Reiselyst #Reisemål #Rødehavet #Storby #Tog #Turisme #Turist #Unesco #USA #Verdensarvlisten 

#Architecture #Capital #Church #City #Culture #Destination #Empire #Holiday #Italy #Landmark #Monastery #Railway #RedSea #Tourism #Tourist #Train #Travel #UN #UnitedNations #WorldHeritageList

EKSPLOSJONER NÆR HELLIGDOM I DAMASKUS

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Statlig syrisk TV og vitner melder om flere eksplosjoner i Sayeda Zeinab-området i hovedstaden Damaskus søndag ettermiddag, skriver nrk.no 

Ifølge nyhetsbyrået AFP kom minst en av eksplosjonene fra bilbomber og selvmordsbombere. Eksplosjonene rammet et område der Syrias helligste sjia-helligdom ligger, melder nyhetsbyrået Reuters.

Den syriske TV-kanalen Al-Manar melder at minst 46 mennesker ble drept i terrorangrepene.

Terrorgruppen Den islamske stat (IS) har tatt på seg ansvaret for angrepene i Damaskus i dag, melder Reuters på Twitter.

I januar ble 60 mennesker drept i et IS-angrep i samme område.

#By #Damaskus #Destinasjon #Ferie #Helligdom #Hovedstad #Islam #Krig #Muslimsk #Reise #Reiseliv #Reiselyst #Reisemål #Religion #Syria #Terror #Turisme #Turist #TV #Twitter

Kilder: www.nrk.no, www.vg.no, og internasjonale medier.

KUALA LUMPUR SAFE FOR TOURISTS, MINISTER SAYS AFTER AUSTRALIA TERROR WARNING

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All areas in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is safe for tourists to visit, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today after the Australian government advised it’s citizens heading this way to be on the alert for terrorism, reports the malaymailonline.com website. 
Earlier today, the federal government in Canberra posted a travel advisory on its website that terrorists may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur.
In response, minister Nazri said the practice of issuing a travel advisory is “not abnormal” and that local authorities are working round the clock and beefing up security amid reports of potential terror attacks.

See more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/kl-safe-for-tourists-minister-says-after-australia-terror-warning
Source: www.themalaymailonline.com

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NORWEGIAN MED NYE RUTER FRA PARIS TIL USA – OG FRA OSLO TIL LAS VEGAS

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Til sommeren satser Norwegian på flere langruter mellom Paris og USA, og en direkterute fra Oslo til Las Vegas, skriver reisenettstedet travelnews.no

Fredag 29. juli starter selskapet opp ruten fra Paris til til New York, og videre blir det nye ruter fra Paris til Los Angeles, og Fort Lauderdale i Florida.

– Men, det skal ikke stoppe der, sier Thomas Ramdahl, kommersiell direktør i Norwegian.

– Vi får inn ni nye Dreamlinere neste år, så etter hvert vil vi nok bygge ut Paris-satsingen med både San Francisco, Boston og Orlando, i tillegg til helt nye ruter også fra andre deler av Europa, sier Ramdahl til Aftenposten.

Flere fly vil også bety økt norsk satsing. En direkterute fra Oslo til Las Vegas i Nevada er blant annet på trappene fra våren 2017.

– Vi er beredt på knallhard priskonkurranse også fra Paris, både fra Air France og de store amerikanske flyselskapene, sier Ramdahl.

Samtidig er Norwegian etter hvert blitt et godt kjent varemerke både i Frankrike og USA, og med lave priser og nye fly med alle tilbud om bord er jeg sikker på at vi med våre lave kostnader skal klare å bite godt fra oss i markedet, sier Thomas Ramdahl videre.

Les hele saken her http://travelnews.no/nyheter/fly/norwegian-satser-pa-paris-usa

Kilde: www.travelnews.no

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BYGGER NYE BOLIGER I LONGYEARBYEN

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Longyearbyen

Lokalstyret på Svalbard vurderer å bruke 22 millioner kroner på nye boliger, skriver nrk.no 

– Boligmarkedet på Svalbard er allerede ganske tøft, sier lokalstyreleder Arild Olsen (Ap). Onsdag fikk 30 beboere i et hybelhus i Longyearbyen to timer på seg til å evakuere.

Les hele saken på NRK.no her http://www.nrk.no/troms/_-boligmarkedet-pa-svalbard-er-allerede-ganske-toft-1.12811061

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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38TH INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR OPENS IN BELGRADE TODAY

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Belgrade

The year started with breaking records when it comes to Belgrade's Tourism Fair, Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic said when opening the 38th International Tourism Fair in Belgrade Thursday, reports the B92 radio station, based in the Serbian capital. 
The fair is set to run through February 21.

This concerns "both in the number of participants and the number of countries our guests come from," the minister explained."Tourism received its rightful place in Serbia, thanks to policies pursued by the government. Last year, we were able to talk about tourism not just for the duration of the fair, but also all year round," Ljajic said.

Tourism Minister Ljajic pointed out that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was opening the Tourism Fair the second time, "a proof of the event's significance."
Serbia will invest € 10 million in the Danube this year to arrange the infrastructure and make the river a part of regional tourism, the Serbian prime minister announced as he addressed the event.

"The priorities for this year will be investments in spa infrastructure, roads and mountain resort infrastructure – in particular on Mt. Stara Planina – and sprucing up the city centers and facades in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Nis to make them the best city break destinations," he said.

"We will invest in the Danube by the end of this year and in the beginning of the next, in particular in the sections from Apatin to Beska and from Smederevo to Kladovo," Vucic said, thanking Slovenia – a tourism powerhouse and a partner country of the fair – from which he said Serbia has still much to learn.

Tourism is one of the most significant economic sectors for Belgrade and it registered record revenues last year, Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali said, adding that the Serbian capital is among the top ten tourism destinations in the region.

Speaking at the opening of the fair, the mayor noted that Belgrade has been named one of the top three conference tourism destinations.
"The goal is to break the records in the number of guests and tourism revenue this year," mayor Mali said, adding that there were 14 percent more tourists last year compared to 2014.

"There are reasons for optimism. There were 76 hotels in Belgrade in November 2014, while there are 89 today," Mali said, adding that one out of ten employees in Serbia works in the tourism sector.

See more at http://www.b92.net/eng/news/business.php?yyyy=2016&mm=02&dd=18&nav_id=97097
Source
: www.b92.net

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#Belgrade #Capital #City #Conferance #Danube #Destination #Fair #Holiday #Hotel #Infrastructure #International #Mayor #Mountain #PrimeMinister #Telecommunications #Tourism #Trade #Travel

KOLLEKTIVTRAFIKKEN I OSLO MED RASKEST VEKST I EUROPA

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Trafikanten ved Jernbanetorget i Oslo. Foto: railway-technology.com 

Kollektivtrafikken i Oslo vokser raskest i Europa. Bare i fjor reiste over 40 000 flere med buss, trikk, tog og båt hver dag, sammenliknet med året før, skriver nrk.no 

Det er særlig den skinnegående transporten som har hatt en kraftig økning i antall passasjerer

Les hele saken på NRK her http://www.nrk.no/ostlandssendingen/vokser-raskest-i-europa-1.12808277

Kilde: www.nrk.no

#Buss #By #Båt #Destinasjon #Europa #Ferie #Hovedstad #Jernbane #Kollektivtrafikk #Norge #Oslo #Passasjer #Reise #Reiseliv #Reiselyst #Reisemål #Storby #Tog #Torg #Trafikk #Transport #Trikk #Turisme #Turist