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What’s cooking in Thailand – Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

cooking in Thailand - Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

What’s cooking in Thailand – Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.

Traditional Thai cuisine loosely falls into four categories: tom (boiled dishes), yam (spicy salads), tam (pounded foods), and gaeng (curries). Deep-fries, stir-fries, and steamed dishes derive from Chinese cuisine.

Cooking in Thailand – Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

This is an easy Thai chicken curry that’s made in one skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and is naturally gluten-free. With cold weather upon us, nothing is better than diving into a bowl of this hearty yet healthy comfort food that’s layered with flavors. I could just drink the coconut milk-based sauce.

To make the red curry recipe, you’ll need:

Coconut oil
Sweet Vidalia onion

Chicken breasts
Garlic
Ground or fresh ginger
Ground coriander
Canned coconut milk
Shredded carrots

Thai red curry paste
Fresh spinach
Lime juice
Brown sugar
Fresh cilantro

Can Curry Powder Be Used Instead of Curry Paste?

Thai red curry paste adds a richer and smoother flavor profile than curry powder (Indian) does, but if all you have is curry powder, go for it knowing that the flavor of Thai versus Indian curry products is vastly different.

How to Make Thai Red Curry

This is a very easy curry recipe to make! Here’s how the Thai curry recipe comes together:

1- Add the oil and chopped onion to a large skillet and sauté until softened.
2 – Add the diced chicken and cook until done, then add the garlic, ginger, and coriander.

3- Coconut milk, carrots, Thai curry paste, salt, and pepper are stirred in next, and then the mixture should be left to bubble away for about 5 minutes.
4- Stir in the spinach, lime juice, and optional brown sugar last.

serve this coconut milk curry with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro to make the flavors pop. 

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Italy Orient Express to open Venice hotel

Italy Orient Express

Italy Orient Express to open Venice hotel

May 09, 2022 –

Orient Express, part of the Accor group, has signed a partnership agreement with Italian hospitality group Arsenale to open the second Orient Express hotel in Italy at the spectacular Palazzo Donà Giovannelli in Venice.

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The groups have selected architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d’Amman and her studio Culture in Architecture to design and decorate the space.

Venice, once the gateway to Constantinople and a mythical stop on the legendary Orient Express train – that opened its doors in 1919 with the completion of the Simplon tunnel linking Switzerland to Italy – will be the home of the second Orient Express hotel, set to open in early 2024.

Located just ten minutes from Venice’s Santa Lucia train station, next to the Cannaregio shopping district, and rooted in the origins of the City of the Doges, the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli is a treasured palace built in 1400 by architect Filippo Calendario, known for Venice’s famed Doge’s Palace. Former home of the Duke of Urbino, a patron of the arts, it has been renovated twice, notably in 1800 by architect Gian Battista Meduna. At one time a pinacotheque which housed the painting La Tempesta by Giorgione, it was successively owned by the Donà and Giovannelli families.

An ode to the heritage of Venice, inspired by all of the cultures and eras that are forever a part of its history, the Orient Express Venice Hotel will be home to 45 rooms and suites, all overlooking the gardens and canals of Venice. The hotel bar will be located in the former piano nobile ballroom on the main floor of the building. A world-class restaurant will introduce guests to the flavours of Italian gastronomy. Select terraces hidden on the hotel’s rooftops will offer the most beautiful views of the wonders of the Serenissima.

“Orient Express Venice embodies a unique encounter between two icons: the legendary luxury brand and the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli. An architectural feat at the crossroads of cultures, a link between the East and the West, the landmark building is anchored in eternity and ready to come back to life with a theatrical and contemporary art of living, steeped in infinite elegance” says Aline Asmar d’Amman.

Born in Lebanon, Aline Asmar d’Amman, via her studio Culture in Architecture, creates projects where past and future are connected, where culture symbolizes a bridge between continents. Convinced that beauty adds to, in her words, “the poetic soul of the world”, she has designed the interior architecture of numerous private residences and has taken on the art direction of luxury hotels such as the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and emblematic restaurants such as Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower. She has also collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld on the making of prestigious decorations and a collection of objects and furniture in marble. Last April, she unveiled the architectural scenography of the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art.

From the main entrance and its garden, which can be reached from the train station along the Strada Nova, or from the neo-Gothic and multi-layered facades that can be visited from the Rio de Noal by boat, Palazzo Donà Giovannelli is filled with beauty and grandeur. It is an island within an island, where doors and windows anchored in the sea seem to speak directly to the sky above.

Just one step inside this Palace evokes a feeling of complete enchantment. One enters as if leafing through the pages of the book of time. It is a plunge into an ageless romanticism, where the heritage of the stone seems to be frozen in time whispering layers of stories to be revealed. From the marble carved entrance, the plastered walls in faded lost colours to the masterful octagonal staircase of neo-Gothic style designed by the architect Meduna, artistry and a feeling of eternity collide. On its vaulted ceilings, the domes call for light and theatricality.

On the main floor, or piano nobile, its many salons and ballrooms are home to 800 years of history. It is a journey through the ages, a blend of baroque, neoclassical and gothic styles along with the splendour of Eastern fantasy, an exoticism that transcends the realm of possibility. The rooms are decorated with patterns, mosaics, stucco, paintings, frescoes tinted with forgotten colours and wonderful cherubs. The walls abound in enigmas never meant to be solved.

Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles and Orient Express, Accor commented: “The arrival of Orient Express in Venice resonates naturally with the brand’s history. It marks a return to the roots of a legend that finds its ultimate expression in the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli. Inspired by her multicultural background, passion for Venice and unique poetic language, Aline Asmar d’Amman will sublimate the design of one of the most charismatic palaces in the world.” 

Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale S.p.A added: “The strategic union between Venice and the new Orient Express Hotel represents another significant step in the objective that Arsenale is pursuing thanks to the partnership with Orient Express, namely the relaunch of luxury tourism that highlights the unprecedented artistic and cultural heritage of our Italian peninsula. Palazzo Donà Giovannelli will become a unique landmark in Venice with its exceptional design, history and heritage. Aline Asmar d’Amman’s meticulous care and eclectic experience will shed new light on the ancient beauty of the Palazzo, helping to spread a message of excellence from Venice throughout the whole world.”

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IHG to open first Crowne Plaza Australia on NSW’s South Coast

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IHG to open first Crowne Plaza Australia on NSW’s South Coast

May 06, 2022 –

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of its first hotel on the NSW South Coast, with the contemporary Crowne Plaza Shell Cove Marina planned to open in 2025, following an agreement with Oscars Group.

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Crowne Plaza Australia Shell Cove Marina will be part of a $1.5 billion master-planned coastal residential, commercial and tourist project within the Shellharbour region. The overall development will include a man-made in-shore harbour and a 270-berth marina, as well as a vibrant town centre that features a supermarket, retail outlets, restaurants, library, community centre, parklands – and the hotel.

The striking 181 key Crowne Plaza will showcase the brand’s new hallmark design innovations and trademark features, such as the Plaza Workspace, with open and inviting interiors that cater to the flow of foot traffic, as well as three food and beverage outlets including a cafe, chic restaurant and bar, extensive meeting and events space and an outdoor pool.

Marking IHG’s entry into the picturesque NSW South Coast and its continued expansion into regional Australia, the hotel has a prime location in the heart of Shellharbour and close to Wollongong, just 1.5 hours drive from Sydney. Guests can enjoy access to the region’s natural attractions including diving and snorkelling at Bass Point, surfing and swimming at local beaches or playing a round of golf at the 18-hole championship Links Shell Cove golf course which is just a few minutes’ drive away.

This is IHG’s second hotel with Oscars Group, building on a successful partnership that already includes Holiday Inn Warwick Farm.

“We are excited to be continuing our strong relationship with the Oscars Group and look forward to breaking ground on this landmark development”.

Damien Cameron from Oscars Group, said, “We’re very proud of our partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts and pleased to be growing our relationship with them and embarking on this incredible, new-build Crowne Plaza development with them.

“We are passionate about the South Coast of NSW and are excited to be growing our presence in the region, particularly as development plans for Shell Cove and the Marina take hold. We look forward to working with the local community and welcoming guests to this stunning new hotel in 2025”.

The Crowne Plaza Austrlia brand has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in Australia over the past few years, with the nearly all properties now showing off the best of this world-class premium brand. It has included the opening of new properties such as Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Crowne Plaza Hobart, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour and Crowne Plaza Burwood, as well as stunning refurbishments of Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley and Crowne Plaza Melbourne.

IHG has enjoyed one of its biggest years of hotel signings and openings on record over the past few years and with almost 100 open or signed hotels in Australasia alone, it is considered one of the region’s leading hotel operators.

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Four Seasons Oman resort unveil plans for Muscat

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Four Seasons Oman resort unveil plans for Muscat

May 06, 2022 –

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN Group), the executive arm of the Sultanate of Oman for Tourism Development, have announced plans for the new Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Muscat, located along the Sea of Oman, with a private beach and stunning mountain and sea views.

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The luxury development will comprise of an urban style resort, perfect for business travellers or leisure guests looking to visit the historic sights of Oman’s capital city – a rare opportunity to relish in the relaxing mountain and seaside setting. For those looking to make Four Seasons part of their everyday lifestyle, the project will also include a collection of Private Residences with sweeping views of the Sea of Oman.

“The Middle East continues to be an integral part of Four Seasons growth strategy, as we look for opportunities to offer unmatched Four Seasons experiences in exciting and dynamic destinations such as Muscat,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

“We are excited to be a part of OMRAN Group’s long-term vision for the future development of Oman’s tourism landscape, further accelerating the strategic growth of its capital city and continuing to attract luxury guests and residents from around the world with a brand new Four Seasons offering.”

Muscat is in the midst of a tourism boom as the sultinate progresses with sustainable development

“Muscat is a destination filled with history, natural beauty, business, tourism, and so much more, and we look forward to showcasing all it has to offer through this exceptional new project with Four Seasons,” says Dr. Hashil Obaid Al Mahrouqi, CEO of OMRAN Group. “By bringing this iconic brand to Muscat, we continue to drive forward the Oman Vision 2040 and our National Tourism Strategy, solidifying this wonderful country as a preeminent luxury destination for locals and global travellers alike.”

Four Seasons  Oman Resort and Private Residences Muscat, Oman will be created through the redevelopment of a former yacht club and marina into 200 rooms and suites and 100 Private Residences. Guests and residents will enjoy access to a private beach, five dining outlets, and both indoor and outdoor pools with cabanas. In addition to water sports offered at the onsite beach, the resort will provide many additional activities for travellers of all kinds to experience through its tennis centre, spa and fitness facilities, and for younger guests, through a dedicated Kids For All Seasons and young adults centre.

The property will also feature extensive indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, as well as a bride’s room, business centre, business departure lounge, and prayer rooms.

Residents will enjoy privacy and exclusivity while at home with a dedicated residential team offering Four Seasons legendary service, while also having access to the services and amenities of the neighbouring resort.

Four Seasons Oman Resort and Private Residences Muscat, Oman joins Four Seasons growing collection of properties in the Middle East, including the upcoming Four Seasons Private Residences Dubai at Jumeirah and Four Seasons Hotel Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

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What’s cooking in Italy – Best Tiramisu

Best Tiramisu

What’s cooking in Italy – Best Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers (savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa. The recipe has been adapted into many varieties of cakes and other desserts. Its origins are often disputed among Italian regions Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

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The recipe for tiramisu is not found in cookbooks before the 1960s. It is also not mentioned in encyclopedias and dictionaries of the 1970s, making its first appearance in print in Italian in 1980, and in English in 1982. It is mentioned in a 1983 cookbook devoted to cooking of the Veneto. This suggests that it is a recent invention.

Obituaries for the restaurateur Ado Campeol (1928–2021) reported that it was invented at his restaurant Le Beccherie in Treviso on 24 December 1969 by his wife Alba di Pillo (1929–2021) and the pastry chef Roberto Linguanotto. The dish was added to its menu in 1972.

It has been claimed that tiramisu has aphrodisiac effects and was concocted by a 19th-century Treviso brothel madam, as the Accademia Del Tiramisù explains, to “solve the problems they may have had with their conjugal duties on their return to their wives”.

There is evidence of a “Tiremesù” semi-frozen dessert served by the Vetturino restaurant in Pieris, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia, since 1938. This may be the name’s origin, while the recipe for Tiramisu may have originated as a variation of another layered dessert, Zuppa Inglese. Others claim it was created towards the end of the 17th century in Siena in honour of Grand Duke Cosimo III.

On July 29, 2017, Tiramisu was entered by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies on the list of traditional Friulian and Giulian agri-food products in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. In 2013, Luca Zaia, governor of Veneto sought European Union Protected Status certification for the dessert, based on the ingredients used in 1970, so substitute ingredients, such as strawberrries, could not be used in a dish called tiramisu.

Original ingredients

Traditional tiramisu contains a short list of ingredients: ladyfingers (savoiardi), egg yolks, sugar, coffee, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder. A common variant involves soaking the savoiardi in alcohol, such as Marsala wine, amaretto or a coffee-based liqueur, but this is not mentioned in the original recipe. “The original shape of Tiramesù at Le Beccherie was circular.”

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CREAM:

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup/100 grams granulated sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup/227 grams mascarpone (8 ounces)

FOR THE ASSEMBLY:

  • 1 ¾ cups good espresso or very strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons rum or cognac
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  About 24 ladyfingers (from one 7-ounce/200-gram package)
  • 1 to 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, for shaving (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Using an electric mixer in a medium bowl, whip together egg yolks and 1/4 cup/50 grams sugar until very pale yellow and about tripled in volume. A slight ribbon should fall from the beaters (or whisk attachment) when lifted from the bowl. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, wiping out the medium bowl used to whip the yolks and set aside.
  2. In the medium bowl, whip cream and remaining 1/4 cup/50 grams sugar until it creates soft-medium peaks. Add mascarpone and continue to whip until it creates a soft, spreadable mixture with medium peaks. Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the sweetened egg yolks until combined.
  3. Combine espresso and rum in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  4. Using a sifter, dust the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish (an 8×8-inch dish, or a 9-inch round cake pan would also work here) with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
  5. Working one at a time, quickly dip each ladyfinger into the espresso mixture — they are quite porous and will fall apart if left in the liquid too long — and place them rounded side up at the bottom of the baking dish. Repeat, using half the ladyfingers, until you’ve got an even layer, breaking the ladyfingers in half as needed to fill in any obvious gaps (a little space in between is O.K.). Spread half the mascarpone mixture onto the ladyfingers in one even layer. Repeat with remaining espresso-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture.
  6. Dust top layer with remaining tablespoon of cocoa powder. Top with shaved or finely grated chocolate, if desired.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (if you can wait 24 hours, all the better) before slicing or scooping to serve.

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Malta entry requirements

Time to Travel: Malta entry requirements

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Time to Travel: Malta entry requirements

Malta’s deputy prime minister and minister for health Chris Fearne, announced that the Health Authorities will be proceeding with their COVID-19 exit roadmap as planned. Malta will be further relaxing COVID-19 measures, including easing of restrictions relating to incoming travel.

Malta’s deputy prime minister also announced that as planned, as from now on, a vaccine certificate is no longer needed for persons to attend standing outdoor events, or seated indoor events.

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“The decision to ease further COVID-19 restrictions related to travel continues to be a turning point in the government’s efforts to drive the Maltese Islands back to normality. We are committed that the coming months will generate excellent results in terms of tourism inflows as well as ascertain our ultimate goal of making Malta a hub of tourism excellence for the years to come,” outlined Clayton Bartolo, minister for Tourism.

 

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Czech Republic travel restrictions

Czech Republic travel restrictions eased for travellers

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Czech Republic travel restrictions eased for travellers

Travellers will no longer need to fill in an arrival form or submit proof of vaccination or a previous infection when returning from abroad. However, it is still recommended travellers to verify the conditions of transport (including proof of infectivity, i.e. test, vaccination, illness) directly with the agreed public transport carrier (plane, bus, train).

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Jan Herget, director at CzechTourism, said: “The Czech Republic has maintained its place in the world’s top ten – between Ireland and Canada. This topic is important in the marketing communication of the destination across segments, both towards the tourists themselves and especially at the level of B2B marketing, when it is necessary to assure our partners from large travel agencies or conference organisers that the Czech Republic is an objectively safe place for their clients.”

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Melia Phuket – announcing exciting opening of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, Thailand

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November 24, 2021 – The new luxurious resort Melia Phuket marks the significant expansion in the popular destination for the Spanish group.

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Leading Spanish hotel company Melia Hotels International is delighted to announce the opening of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao this month. The resort, sitting on eight acres of Phuket’s northwestern coastline overlooking the cerulean Andaman Sea, opened its doors last Friday 19th of November 2021. 

Fronting Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, Melia Phuket Mai Khao is close to the beautiful Sirinat National Park, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, and the outstanding Wat Phra Thong temple.  

The striking new property features a collection of details to create a relaxing at restorative atmosphere, from saltwater swimming pools, private villa pools, and a reflection pond with sunken seating areas, to water gardens, vertical falls, and irrigation misting. The resort’s overarching design pays tribute to contemporary aesthetics combined with traditional Thai touches. 

The beachfront property offers sumptuous suites and luxurious wellness-inspired pool villas for families and couples alike to experience elite stays in a tropical setting, filled with an abundance of facilities. The modern, light-filled, and spacious Mediterranean-inspired suites and villas each feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers and vast outdoor terraces, enabling guests to truly take in the surrounding nature. 

Guests are invited to relax in with private cabanas or private plunge pools, whilst those staying in the portfolio of ‘Wellness Villas’ can indulge in an open-air Vitamin C shower, daily massages, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, yoga fit ball and mat, and more. 

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao offers a diverse culinary landscape from four outlets located within the resort. Guests will be able to enjoy Mediterranean and fusion cuisine at the chic Gaia Beach Club, where they will be able to sit poolside in cabanas and sun loungers whilst sipping delectable cocktails. Elegant all-day dining restaurant Sasa specialises in Southeast Asian cuisine with Mediterranean flair, and in in an intimate setting adorned with timber finishes, where guest will be offered casual fine dining by night, Elyxr Café serves light meals and snacks, freshly squeezed juices and locally brewed liquors. 

Shaded by a broad spectrum of native plants, the resort’s design deploys a neutral palette of colours as a complement to Mai Khao’s sandy shore, creating a bright environment where high ceilings, floor-to-roof glass panels, and decorative metal screens blend harmoniously with the surroundings and take advantage of the natural light. 

Wellness seekers will be able to take advantage of the resort’s signature YHI Spa, home to five luxurious treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments. Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s modern fitness centre is equipped with the latest fitness machines and the kids club Kidsdom, with workshops for the young guests. 

An idyllic venue for weddings and events, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao boasts a grand ballroom and two additional multi-function rooms; the resort’s event planners also offer customized catering and mini mindfulness sessions. 

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s debut follows the island’s reopening to international travellers as part of the Phuket Sandbox implemented by the Thai authorities from 1st July. Under the programme, fully vaccinated travellers from 68 countries who provide a negative COVID-19 test shortly before their arrival are offered quarantine-free entry to Phuket. 

Launched by Meliá Hotels International and owned by Thailand’s leading residential real estate developer Phuket Villa Group, the five-star resort is part of a roll-out of the Meliá brand in key destinations across Thailand including Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. 

“Through our partnership with Spain’s leading hotel group, we are thankful that we can significantly contribute to Phuket’s recovery in the wake of COVID-19 by creating much-needed jobs for the local tourism sector and setting a new benchmark for hospitality on Thailand’s largest island,” said Mr Maetapong Upatising, Phuket Villa Group’s Managing Director. 

“Thailand is an incredible destination which popularity has grown in the last years and we are proud to be collaborating with Phuket Villa Group to increase the visibility of its magnificent locations. Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is one of the first resorts in the area and we look forward to welcoming our guests and make them experience an unforgettable service and build lifetime memories.” Said Magdalena Martorell, General Manager of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao. ​

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Why Venice is waging a new battle in war on cruise ships

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The arrival of the first cruise ship to dock in Venice in 18 months has triggered a fresh wave of arguments between campaigners and the city authorities.

The Italian government announced in March that large vessels, including cruise ships and shipping containers, would be banned from Venice, in response to “concerns from residents over pollution and underwater erosion of the city’s foundations”, the BBC reports. 

So the arrival of the 92,000-tonne MSC Orchestra in the so-called City of Water earlier this month “caught many by surprise” and “reawakened old divisions” in a war of words that “has pitted the economy against the environment”, says The Guardian.

The huge liner sailed into the lagoon on 3 June to pick up passengers for a cruise to Greece before departing two days later. The ship “was given a victorious send-off by port workers”, who “filled about two dozen vessels that sailed alongside it”, The Guardian reports. But “it was also escorted away by a flotilla of small boats with anti-cruise ship campaigners on board”, the paper continues.

For the 5,000 people employed at Venice’s cruise port, the arrival of MSC Orchestra “was a symbol of hope for the future after more than 18 months without work” as a result of travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. But for the anti-ship demonstrators, the “visit was a reminder of a period they were hoping had been banished to the past”. Overtourism has long been an issue of massive concern for many Venetians. A 2019 push for a referendum on greater autonomy for the floating city centred around a fear of “mass tourism, depopulation and urban decay”,as The Local reported at the time. 

Campaigners argue that as well as fuelling these problems, the ships’ presence in the lagoon is also “negatively changing the ecosystem, and damaging the notoriously fragile city with the movement of water they cause”, CNN says. 

Along with this reported environmental damage, campaigners also point to an accident in 2019, when a 13-deck cruise liner operated by the same company that owns the MSC Orchestra crashed into a wharf and tourist boat, injuring four people. In the wake of the collision, thousands of protesters hit the streets to demand a ban on larger vessels.

However, for the Venetians whose jobs depended on the 32,000 cruise ship passengers who disembarked in the city daily pre-pandemic, the ships are a vital part of the economy. 

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Israel may be a small country but there is just something for everyone. Nightlife, snorkelling, Dead Sea resorts, massive rock fortresses, holy sites, and lots and lots of archaeological sites.

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Jerusalem is just amazing, it is diverse and dynamic. Here you see the modern city of Jerusalem and the old city of Jerusalem side by side. It was here that Jesus once walked and here that the British, Turk, Roman, Greek, Persian, and Babylonian empires all came and occupied the city. Jerusalem is a city with deep significance to Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike. Today there is so much to see and do in Jerusalem. The Medieval Turkish city is very well preserved. And here we can still see the ruins of Herold’s Second Temple, of parts of Hezekiah’s Wall, and even the old palace of King David (ironically the oldest part of the city (the City Of David) is actually outside the “Old City”.

Temple Mount: This Is The Site Of The Ancient Jewish Temple Destroyed By The Romans – This Is The Holiest Site To The Jewish People

The Western Wall: Here You Will See Devout Jews Praying – But Go On Friday Evening (the Sabbath) And You Will See Them Dancing And Singing

The Dome Of The Rock: One Of The Most Iconic Symbols Of Jerusalem And The Third Holiest Islamic Site (The Palestinians Call The Temple Mount “Haram esh-Sharif”)

Western Wall Tunnel: A Tunnel To See The Remains Of The Second Temple Built By King Herod Now Underground

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ENGINE Insights conducted a study that uncovered a direct correlation between the two: Over half (56%) of American adults said being able to travel plays a role in their decision to get vaccinated – and 76% plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. Of those respondents, highlights include:

  • Where will they stay? 72% are likely to stay in a hotel, 65% with family/friends, 35% at all-inclusive resorts & 35% at an Airbnb or Vrbo rental
  • How will they travel? 66% are likely to travel via their own car, 49% via plane, 34% via rental car, 22% via Uber/Lyft & 19% via cruise ship
  • How much will they spend? While average spending per night is $225, Gen Z will spend around $303, Millennials around $257 and Baby Boomers around $177
  • Where will they travel to? 46% are intending to visit a national park, 37% to a historical landmark, 31% to an amusement park & 30% to a resort
  • When will they take trips? 39% would feel confident booking a trip in 3 months, while 35% would book a trip as early as this weekend

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