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Barcelona has placed a moratorium on new hotels in the city center and has come up with a roadmap for reducing tourism in saturated areas, while the Balearic Islands has introduced a law cutting the number of beds available to tourists to 623,624 with a view to gradually settling on a maximum of half a million at any given time, said El Paise.

The measures taken by the Balearic government could become a model for other regions in Spain struggling to cope with increasing numbers of tourists. Are the more than 80 million foreign visitors estimated for 2017 really too many for the country to cope with?

 

Residents in some parts of Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, including the loser Ibiza, are negatively affected by visitors whose mass arrivals raised real estate prices affecting the local population.

The measure adopted by the regional government of Balearic, which plans to reduce the number of beds to over 620,000 and gradually lower them to a maximum of half a million, could therefore be a model for other regions in Spain.

 

 

The cap on beds in the Balearic Islands is nothing new. A similar measure was introduced in 1999 but was undermined by the arrival of online platforms advertising properties that managed to bypass the system.

Now, a year-long embargo has been imposed on Airbnb, HomeAway and other digital platforms: property owners who ignore the ban face hefty fines of around €400,000.

“We can’t take more tourists during the summer season,” says Gabriel Barceló, vice president of Barceló, one of Spain’s leading hotel groups, and who is also a tourism advisor to the Balearic government. “The limits have been exceeded. The balance has to be redressed.”

 

In Barcelona and Palmi there is an anti-mood swing. According to a survey conducted in June, the citizens of Barcelona first mentioned tourism as a major city problem.

 

 

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:31
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The Republic of Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society, declares its independence, making the West African nation the first democratic republic in African history. Liberia is a state in West Africa on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered to the northwest with Sierra Leone, northeast of Guinea, and east to the Ivory Coast. Two thirds of the border with the Ivory Coast is made up of the Cavana River. At the beginning of the 19th century, Liberia founded the American Colonization Society with the aim of relocating the liberated black slaves from the United States back to the African continent, and on July 26, 1847, it became independent and during the nineteenth century some 13,000 ex-slaves were displaced. The emigrants remained separate from the majority of the domestic population, retaining the rule and privileged position in the country. Their rule was over in 1980 with a state coup that started the period of instability in political life due to the conflicts of the larger ethnic groups of domination. The shot was led by Samuel Doe. After the end of the Cold War in 1989, Liberia sank into the civil war of several rebel groups.

With the backing of the United States, Liberia kept its independence though the turmoil of the 20th century. A costly civil war began in 1989 and lasted until 1997, when Charles Taylor was elected Liberian president in free elections. His administration has been criticized for supporting the rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone. Some three million people live in Liberia today.

 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:02
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 Ryanair says it could cut fares by as much as 9% on some routes as competition in the airline industry intensifies in the next few months.

The warning from Europe's largest carrier by passenger numbers follows similar comments about price pressures from Ryanair's rivals in recent weeks.

Competition was growing as airlines switched capacity from Turkey and North Africa, Ryanair said.
The comments hit Ryanair's shares, despite it posting a big profits rise.
Pre-tax profits rose 55% to 397m euros (£356m) in the three months to 30 June, helped by a stronger Easter. Revenues were up 13% to 1.68bn euros.
The average fare during the quarter rose 1% to 40.3 euros, although Ryanair said this was a blip due to the much stronger Easter trading. Easter, a peak-time for holidaymakers, fell in April this year, inside Ryanair's reporting period. In 2016, it fell in March.

The airline said it expected fares to fall by 5% in the six months to the end of September and by 8% in the six months to the end of March 2018.

"We expect the pricing environment to remain very competitive" chief executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement.

EasyJet and Wizz Air have both said that fares will be under pressure this summer, said BBC
The warning sparked a 4.7% fall in Ryanair's share price at the start of trading. EasyJet shares fell 3.5%, while the owner of British Airways, IAG, fell 2.5%.
Ryanair executives also repeated warnings of major flight disruptions between the UK and Europe if Brexit talks fail to agree a bi-lateral deal on flights. The airline has warned it may cancel flights and move operations abroad if there is no agreement well in advance of Brexit.
"We need clarity so that we can plan our schedules for 2019," chief financial officer Neil Sorahan told the BBC.
EasyJet announced last week that it had secured an air operator's certificate in Austria to enable it to keep flying across the EU following Brexit.

 

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Monday, 24 July 2017 11:13
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A powerful earthquake struck Greek islands early on Friday morning, damaging buildings and a port, killing at least two people and causing more than 100 injuries.

The island of Kos was nearest to the epicentre and appeared to be the worst-hit, with two deaths and structural damage to older buildings.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said. At least 20 others were injured on Kos, a popular tourist destination. Some buildings were damaged.
In the Turkish city of Bodrum, several people were injured as they tried to flee the quake.

‘The rest of the island has no problem. It’s only the main town that has a problem,’ Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told state-run Greek media.

Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night.

Ferry services were suspended due to damage at Kos’s main port, where a 14th-century fortress also was damaged. A minaret from an old mosque also was damaged.

 

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Friday, 21 July 2017 08:05
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Emirates has expanded its popular free inflight Wi-Fi service with generous rates for all flyers.
Effective immediately, all Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can enjoy free unlimited Wi-Fi during their Emirates flight, regardless of their class of travel. This privilege also applies to all Emirates Skywards members travelling in First and Business class. In addition, Economy class customers and non-Skywards members can now enjoy 20MB of free data usage within the first 2 hours of log in, double the current 10MB free being offered.

Additional data can be purchased in 150MB or 500MB blocks at attractive rates, with tiered discounts for Skywards Silver and Blue members.

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“Emirates has made significant investments in our inflight connectivity. Today, Wi-Fi services are available on over 200 of our aircraft, and it is a service that Emirates continues to subsidise heavily. Inflight Wi-Fi usage, already popular from the start, has grown tremendously. Our new inflight Wi-Fi plans reflect Emirates’ commitment to continue providing this as a free service for as many customers as possible, especially to our most frequent flyers,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

The doubling to 20MB of free data will suit customers who are light Wi-Fi users looking to send short messages to their families and friends, or check their social media accounts while flying.

Business travellers or more heavy users of inflight Wi-Fi will have the flexibility to purchase additional data packages as needed.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:48
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Labyrinth Open festival is transforming Omiš into a creative hub ready to welcome festivalgoers worldwide

The Croatian coast has become the home of numerous music festivals in the last few years, attracting music enthusiasts from all over the world. The latest festival is called Labyrinth Open and it had its premiere this summer in early July.

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Team behind the festival is the popular Dutch-Belgian promoter agency Labyrinth Promotion, which has almost a decade of experience with the best and high quality names from the world of electronic music. This year they decided to organize their first open air festival in the sunny Croatia. The man behind the whole project, Ugur Akkus, said: "That has always been our plan, we were just waiting for the right moment and the right location."

They have been searching for a perfect location for their festival for a long time and found it in a small picturesque Dalmatian town of Omiš, famous for its beautiful sandy beach and high steep cliffs. Omiš hosted some of the world's most talented house, techno and electronic names such as Dubfire, Sam Paganini, Ten Walls, Rodhad, Pan Pot and many others. Marina Karamarko, better known as Miss Soulfly, winner of Burn Residency contest in 2012 and permanent DJ in Ibiza, Petar Dundov, pioneer of home techno scene and Pero Fullhouse, one of the most famous Croatian club DJs and promoters of electronic dance music, were Croatian representatives at Labyrinth Open.

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Apart from the phenomenal line-up, festivalgoers had the opportunity to take part in interesting workshops and seminars, where they could find out the latest news from the world of digital trends and music industry, as well as take part in various panel discussions. Only for that occasion, camp Galeb was transformed into a real glamping oasis, which includes luxury accommodation with all the amenities, such as swimming pools and direct access to the beach.

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In addition to the premium accommodation, all the participants were able to stay in more affordable accommodation in tents, which were also provided at the campsite. Great gastronomic offer and an unforgettable boat party complemented this exciting new festival at the Croatian coast, which undoubtedly won hearts of all visitors. The Labyrinth Open festival was held from July 8th to 11th , so make sure you get your 2018 ticket on time and prepare yourself for a four-day adventure in heart of Dalmatia, filled with sun, sea,

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Friday, 14 July 2017 08:14
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