Eiffeltårnet skal sikres med glassvegg

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Eiffeltårnet skal utstyres med en 2,5 meter høy glassvegg for å beskytte det ikoniske bygget mot angrep, melder NTB/ Sunnmørsposten (smp.no)

Veggen, som kommer på plass i løpet av høsten, erstatter metallgjerdene som ble satt opp i forbindelse med EM i fotball i fjor sommer.

– Terrortrusselen er fortsatt høy i Paris, og de mest sårbare stedene, der Eiffeltårnet er i front, må være gjenstand for særskilte sikkerhetstiltak, sier viseborgermesteren i den franske hovedstaden, Jean-François Martins.

Glassveggen skal hindre personer og kjøretøy i å storme den store turistattraksjonen, som tiltrekker seg seks millioner turister årlig.

Sikkerhetstiltaket er ett av flere som finansieres med EU-midler etter at 238 personer er drept i terrorangrep i Frankrike fra januar 2015 til juli 2016. 

Kilde: www.smp.no / NTB

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Stor interesse for USAs gamle ambassade i Oslo

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USA sin gamle ambassade i Oslo sentrum ligger an til å bli solgt for nesten ein halv milliard kroner, melder NRK. Nylig flyttet ambassaden til nytt bygg på Huseby.

Bygget kan bli fredet og beskrives av Riksantikvaren som en «arkitektoniske perle».

Det særpregede. trekantede bygget, som er tegnet av den finsk-amerikanske stjernearkitekten Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), sto ferdig i 1959.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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Gatekunst i Stockholm

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På Magasin 9 i Stockholm får publikum i høst se gatekunst i all sitt mangfold : politisk. lyrisk, bitende. kritisk og underholdende, skriver Se og Hør.

Utstillingen er en “by” hvor gatekunstnere har skapt en fest for alle sanser; Magic City – The Art of the Street.

Utstillingen varer fra 28. oktober til 24.februar. 

Kilde: Se og Hør

Les mer her: www.magiccity.art – Magic City

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Paris får OL i 2024, Los Angeles i 2028

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Paris ble onsdag formelt tildelt olympiske sommerleker i 2024, mens Los Angeles fikk lekene i 2028, melder NRK. 

I praksis ble det tidlig i sommer klart at IOC-kongressen i Perus hovedstad Lima ville gi de to kandidatbyene hvert sitt OL.

Begge de to byene har arrangert OL to ganger før. Den franske hovedstaden var vertsby i 1900 og i 1924, mens Los Angeles arrangerte olympiske sommerleker i 1932 og 1984.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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Qatar Tourism Authority opens office in Beijing

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Doha, capital city of Qatar.

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced the opening of representative offices in China, with headquarters in Beijing, and supporting locations in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the thepeninsulaqatar.com reported.

The opening comes as Qatar has officially been awarded Approved Destination Status (ADS), allowing it to receive tourists from China and to promote Qatar as a tourism destination within China.

“Qatar has become an increasingly accessible destination for Chinese travellers, especially after Qatar waived entry visa requirements for Chinese citizens” said Sultan Salmeen Al Mansouri, Qatar’s Ambassador to China.

“Chinese visitors to Qatar no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver is issued to them free-of-charge at the port of entry. At the same time, the Chinese outbound tourism market has been growing exponentially, making the time ripe for Qatar to establish a presence in China and actively engage with the domestic travel and tourism market”

The QTA office in China will aim to greatly enhance the organisation?s on-the-ground presence and capabilities, introducing and developing awareness and knowledge about Qatar as a quality destination through pro-active marketing to tour operators, travel agencies, hospitality partners and media, as well as consumers.

According to Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, Qatar’s marketing campaign in China will cover a wide range of promotional initiatives, including workshops, sales visits, travel agents destination training through QTA?s online TAWASH programme, partnerships with tour operators, familiarisation trips, media campaigns and a variety of innovative activities to raise Qatar’s profile as a destination among Chinese tourists.

“China has risen rapidly as a major source of outbound tourists in the world and we have identified it as key source market for future growth, among both leisure and business visitors,” said AlQurese. 

The offices will be operated in partnership with PHG Consulting, a division of Preferred Hospitality Group; the premier global provider of representation and consultancy services for tourism boards, destination management companies, airlines, and hotel brands. 

“Qatar has been developing its assets in both areas, and we look forward to working with our partners at the China National Tourism Administration and PHG Consulting to raise awareness of our unique tourism offering.”

“Our on-the-ground presence in China will enable us to actively promote Qatar to Chinese consumers, and develop relationships with members of the Chinese travel trade who will sell Qatar as a destination,” added AlQurese.

He continued, “Now that Qatar has been granted ADS, our work can begin immediately, and will culminate in a major campaign that will kick off in January 2018, which will include advertising in major publications, key outdoor locations and familiarisation trips for media to experience Qatar first hand.”

Chinese travellers interested in Qatar will also have easy access to information about the destination’s tourism offerings, hospitality options and key tourism events online, with its official website (www.visitqatar.qa) now available in Mandarin. Additionally, VisitQatar will establish a presence across the most prominent Chinese social media platforms in the coming months.

“As demand for unique, exciting, and experience-rich destinations continues to grow among Chinese travellers, we are excited to embark on this multi-year partnership with QTA. We look forward to working together to achieve Qatar’s ambitions of generating great awareness and demand for the destination’s compelling tourism offerings among China’s booming outbound travel market,” said Ken Mastrandrea, Chief Operating Officer of PHG.

QTA’s office in China is the third to open in Asia and the ninth globally. It joins an international network covering the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, the United States, the Gulf Cooperation Council markets, and South East Asia. 

News source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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Amsterdam to up tax for tourists, with “falafel eaters” hit hardest

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Amsterdam’s finance chief Udo Kock wants to increase the tax paid by tourists by up to 10 euros a day, the alderman told the Parool, according to the .dutchnews.nl websiite, 

The plan, which will take effect in 2019, would mean an extra 150 million euros on top of the 80 millions which now flows into the capital’s coffers from tourist tax every year.

– The number of visitors will grow from 17 million to 23 million in the coming years and that means more cleaning and a greater police presence in the streets. And I want Amsterdammers to profit from the success of the city,” Udo Kock said.

Five options for increasing tourist tax are up for discussion but if it is up to Kock, the budget segment will be hit the hardest. In addition to the 5% tax on room prices, he favours adding “a couple of euros” for every visitor using hotels, Airbnb and B&Bs.

This, the Parool points out, will make tourism on a budget relatively more expensive.

– We need more people who actually spend money in the city. We would prefer people who stay a couple of nights, who visits museums, have lavish meals at restaurants to people who pop over for a weekend eating falafel while sauntering around the red light district,? Udo Kock is quoted as saying.

He also thinks that the pressure on the city can be relieved by making it more expensive so people may stay in other cities but would still visit the Dutch capital.

News source: www.dutchnews.nl – Dutch News

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100 millioner med flytoget

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Etter 19 år i trafikk til og fra Oslo Lufthavn markerte Flytoget denne uka reisende nummer 100 000 000, skriver Dagbladet.

– Dette er en stor milepæl for oss. Vi lever for å¨gjøre reisen så enkel som mulig. Vi er glad for at publikum setter pris på tilbudet vårt, og nå gleder vi oss til å ta imot de neste 100 millioner passasjerer, sier Philipp Engedal, administrerende direktør i Flytoget.

I 2017 passerer Flytoget hele 1.360.000 avganger til og fra Oslos hovedflyplass.

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I høyden i Praha

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Restaurant Coda i Aria Hotel regnes blant den tsjekkiske hovedstaden Prahas beste spisesteder, med mat av høy klasse tilberedt av kjendiskokken David Sasek, skriver Se og Hør.

Om sommeren flytter deler av restauranten på hotellets takterasse.

Les mer her: www.ariahotel.net – Aria Hotel Prague / www.codarestaurant.cz – www.codarestaurant.cz

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We need a few more flags…

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Welcome to readers/visitors from Saint Vncent and the Grenadines, the newest country and flag on our flag counter, The two previous ones are Cuba and Syria. Thank’s to our contributors!

The national flag of the Vatican City State (Holy See) – the next new flag on our flag counter?

Dear reader / visitor,

We now have the flags from 228 countries and territories represented on our flag counter (plus some countries whos flags for various reasons doesn’t show at present), and would love to see even more!

We have made numerous attempts over a long period of time trying to get visitors from the countries listed below, but no luck so far. Of course, there might have been visitors from theese countries, but with IP addresses / domain registrated elsewhere. 

If you have friends, family or other connections in one or more of theese countries we would be very pleased if you would tell them about our blog, and hopefully they will click in, using a computer with their own country’s Internet domain name, and contribute to our flag collection!

Thank you very much for your kind assistance, thank you for visiting, and, let’s wait and see which will be the next new country!

The national flag of Iran –  the next new flag on our flag counter?

We would love to see the flags of the following countries and territories on our flag counter:

British Indian Ocean Territory
Christmas Island
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Iran 
Kosovo
Niue
Norfolk Island
Saint Helena Island
South Sudan
Tokelau
Vatican City State
Wallis and Futuna Islands

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Costa Rica opens an embassy in Jakarta

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Costa Rica has opened an embassy in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. The embassy was officially opened by the Costa Rican foreign minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz and his Indonesian counterpart Mrs Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi.

National flag of Costa Rica

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