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Everest closed for climbers

The “roof of the world” Mount Everest has been banned for climbers for the rest of the expedition season because of the coronavirus outbreak, announced Nepal government after the meeting on the issue of COVID19 precaution measures.

The expeditions who already received the climbing permits from 14 March until 30 April are facing abrupt cancellation. The measure did not come as a surprise, because
China had already cancelled expeditions from the northern, Chinese-controlled, side of the mountain.

“We have decided to halt all tourist visas until 30 April,” said Narayan Prasad Bidari, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.
“As of now, all issued permits and permits yet to be issued for the 2020 Everest season will be cancelled.”
The officials also advised foreigners who were unable to avoid coming to Nepal from 14 March to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

Most climbers come from the US, India, China, Russia, UK, Japan, and South Korea – and are a major source of revenue for the Nepalese government, purchasing trips for an average amount from $30 000 to $70 000 per person, dependent on additional services provided by local companies.

According to the Kathmandu Post, Nepal earns $4m (£3.1m) only by issuing Everest climbing permits every year, aside from wider tourism revenue.

Brussels Flower Carpet in Mexican style

This summer, the famous Brussels Flower Carpet on the Grand-Place is devoted to Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture and flower tradition. And to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, a visitor will also greeted by  a stunning floral exhibition at the Bourse square.


Every other summer, on the weekend of August 15th, the Flower Carpet offers a chance to stroll across the Grand-Place, a jewel of Gothic architecture, to inhale the fragrant scent of the begonias and admire its details. This extraordinary spectacle is made complete by a visit to the balcony of the Town Hall, which offers a wide-angle view of the work. A musical theme is especially composed for each edition. A concert is given on the Grand-Place every evening and accompanies a magnificent sound-and-light show.

The Flower Carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide. 1,800 m2 of begonias, dahlias, grass and bark.
A hundred volunteers assemble the carpet in less than eight hours.
The first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 and has been a showstopper every two years on the Grand-Place since 1986.IMG_0716[1]

The Flower Carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide. 1,800 m2 of begonias, dahlias, grass and bark. A hundred volunteers assemble the carpet in less than eight hours.
The first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 and has been a showstopper every two years on the Grand-Place since 1986.



Tajani promotes EU tourism with UN

The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation,  Zurab Pololikashvili. The aim of the MoU is to enhance cooperation and synergies between the two institutions in the promotion of tourism.

 ‘Over the next 10 years, tourism can create more than 5 million new jobs, not least because the number of tourists is set to double to more than 2 billion. Europe must not let this opportunity pass by. Through the growth of tourism, we can offer real prospects for the new generations and boost strategic sectors of the economy, such as transport, trade, luxury goods, shipbuilding, construction, agri-foodstuffs and the cultural and creative industries,’ Tajani said.

 ‘We can’t just wait for this to happen by itself. We must work, including with UNWTO, to improve our competitiveness and our skills, to face the challenges of digitalisation and to promote Europe as the world’s number one tourist destination,’ the President of the European Parliament added after the signature of the memorandum of understanding.

The ceremony was attended by the Chair of Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, Karima Delli, and the Chair of its Tourism Task Force, Istvan Ujhelyi.



Brexit: will EU27 tourist industry be sacrificed?


Anna van Densky, OPINION

The European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt suggested that in 2019 British citizens will have not more rights to travel across Europe than Russians or Indians. The idea immediately reciprocated by  the UKIP leader Nigel Farage:

Guy Verhofstadt launched a ‘Fake news alert’, however it did not change the essence of his vision: the idea of ‘punishment’ of the UK for Brexit is very much alive and it has been manifested in different ways previously.  This time the British tourists have been ‘taken hostage’. However it is the European tourist industry to suffer from the implications of  dogmatism of the Brussels elite, looking for creation of a negative example from Brexit to block the way for any other EU nation to consider such an option. The same time  Eurocentric’s in their narrow-minded approach do not understand that chosing to keep the EU together by fear of consequences in case of exit, will rub off negatively of the image of the entire European project, downgrading its popularity among the EU27 citizens.

The fear of the toursit industry to be sacrificed for the political EU27 long-term purposes is not ungrouded – the EU agricultural sector has been already suffering heavy loses  as a consequence of a geopolitical dispute between the EU and Russia over Ukraine reflected in  war of sanctions. The idea of making tourism to EU27 difficult for Brittons is exposing  the fanaticism of the Brussels Eurocentrics, propelling their own sociopolitical agenda at costs of the EU tax-payers, but  without any consideration of their interests.

Brussels Airport 26th ranking


Brussels Airport ‘Zaventem’ is declared the 26th in ranking of all European airports in terms of annual passenger numbers.

It received more than 21.7 million passengers in 2016, per figures published on Friday by ACI Europe, an association representing 500 airports in 45 European countries.

Passenger numbers at Brussels Airport, which have decreased by 7% over the year, suffered as a result of the attacks perpetrated on March 22nd, 2016.

Compared to 2014, passenger numbers at the top Belgium airport have slightly decreased by 0.5%. Brussels Airport is below Lisbon Airport and above Berlin-Tegel Airport. Last year, Brussels Airport held 21st place in the rankings.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport is in 63rd position, with nearly 7.3 million passengers in 2016. The growth in passenger numbers on the tarmac of the leading Walloon airport was 5% compared to 2015, and 13.5% compared to 2014. Last year, Brussels South Charleroi Airport scooped 61st place.