European Union inspired theme park to shut doors in Brussels due to COVID-19 crisis

Noble Horvath

A one-of-its-kind theme park known as Mini-Europe that houses a collection of miniature European landmarks is forced to close shop on December 31 due to the COVID-19 crisis. As per reports, the owner and director of the pro-EU theme park, Thierry Meeùs had declared earlier this month that he had been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with the landlords Brussels Expo despite the promise of ‘major investment’. 

As per The Guardian report, Meeùs said in a statement last week that the crisis prevailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic had ‘spared no one’. It even left him without any other option but to shut down the 31-year-old tourist attraction, one of the most famous spots in Brussels.

Some Belgium media outlets have reported that the park could probably move outside Brussels with Louvain-La-Neuve and Waterloo being touted as potential future locations. However, the owner of Mini-Europe has not yet commented on

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Tourism chiefs alarmed as Green List of travel zones to be slashed to just four European countries

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Aviation and tourism officials expressed alarm after it was signalled that the Government’s Green List for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic will be slashed to just four countries from next week.

One airline official warned the new Green List would effectively cripple an already devastated industry.

In a Government briefing memo – seen by the Irish Independent – it was confirmed Ireland would drop four countries from the current list.

That’s because they have exceeded the stipulated Covid-19 rate of 25 cases per 100,000 people based on data from the European Centre for Disease Control.

Those countries are Iceland (90.5), Germany (27.3), Lithuania (27.5) and Poland (25.6). The new, revised Green List will come into effect from September 28.

Just a single country, Liechtenstein (20.8), will be added to the list – leaving only four countries that people can travel to or from without having to restrict their movements on

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European stocks retreat as autos, travel and tech stocks fall

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  • European markets had initially taken heart from Thursday’s late rally on Wall Street, led by a bounce for tech stocks, but the positive sentiment seemingly fizzled out during the morning session.

European stocks pulled back on Friday as investors continue to monitor coronavirus developments and the prospects of economic recovery.

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 fell 0.9% by late morning, with autos shedding 2.1% and both the travel and tech sectors dropping 1.8% as most sectors and major bourses slid into the red.

Europe’s markets received a mixed handover from Asia Pacific, where strong gains for Australia’s “Big Four” banks led a rally for the S&P/ASX 200 on Friday, while the rest of the region was relatively muted.

Stateside, Dow futures also reversed course to point to a negative open later in the day. European markets had initially taken heart from Thursday’s late rally on Wall Street, led by

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Travel rebound, Adidas support European stocks despite mixed data

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(Reuters) – European stocks rose on Wednesday, as a rebound in beaten-down travel stocks and gains for Adidas and other sports names took the edge off data that highlighted an uneven path for economic recovery in the euro zone.

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Staff

With COVID-19 cases rising again in Europe, countries including Britain reimposed restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, triggering the worst selloff in three months for the pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX benchmark on Monday.

The index closed 0.6% higher, recovering for a second session from the losses, with London’s FTSE 100 .FTSE up 1.2%, Germany’s DAX .GDAXI gaining 0.4% and France’s CAC 40 .FCHI rising 0.6%.

IHS Markit’s survey released earlier showed euro zone business growth ground to a halt in September, as fresh curbs to quell a

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Three European Resorts Offering New Wellness, Family and Luxury Experiences, Safely

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Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

When it’s safe to travel again, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Marbella Club, and Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort — will welcome guests back with a treasure trove of exciting, reimagined experiences and offerings, whilst always keeping in mind the safety and comfort of all guests. 

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay — an imitable five-star Balearic hotspot on the shores of tucked away, Talamanca Bay — has launched their new “Penthouse Ambassadors” program, a luxe add-on to the currently offered, Live the Suite Life package. Here, the hotel enhances its top-line personalized and exclusive services — including breakfast in bed and one daily spa treatment — for guests in the Presidential, Royal, and Penthouse Suites. Minimizing interactions and ensuring a hassle-free stay, appointed ambassadors handle in-room requests, reservations for the hotel’s various facilities, currency exchanges, and trips to the pharmacy and grocery store. Due to their spaciousness, the

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Best European destinations for a family holiday > CEOWORLD magazine

Noble Horvath

For many people around the globe, Europe stands as a sentimental favorite. From fine wines to colossal views, the gargantuan continent amasses culture diverse yet so engaging from the rest of the world. From French vines, Italian Gelato to a horde of other multi culinary experiences, this diverse yet epic continent has some of the best scintillating places with kaleidoscopic views, which will surely feed your travel-hungry soul.

  1. ViennaVienna, the capital of Austria has a string of impressive destinations inthe rich and cultural heart of the city. It is highly advisable to start off with a tour of the enchanting Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg palace which are decked in luxury and history. The list of other interesting places is St Stephens Cathedral, Belvedere Museum, Rathaus, and Vienna State Operathat makeup as top picks for people who are a bit of a history buff. Also looped in are top spots like
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Best European Country Winners (2014)

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Portugal is less iconic than other well-known countries, but it offers a wealth of opportunities to travelers: charming villages, great food, fascinating regional music, cultural opportunities, a beautiful coastline and even world-class surfing. 

Italy and Austria landed solid in second and third, while a mere 47 votes separated 4th place finisher Germany from Spain in 6th place.  The (very large) United Kingdom, with no language barriers for Americans and a wealth of well-known landmarks, took 5th place.  

The biggest surprise?  Iceland, which trumped Greece, Norway, and several other more exotic countries, to land in the top 10.

The full list of winners in the ‘Best European Country’ contest category for 10Best Readers’ Choice is as follows:

  1. Portugal
  2. Italy
  3. Austria
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Spain
  7. Ireland
  8. France
  9. Iceland
  10. Switzerland

Congratulations to all the winners.  Wondering where to take your next trip?  This

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South Africans are buying property in these top European destinations

Noble Horvath

By Travel Reporter Time of article publishedAug 15, 2020

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Many South Africans are investing in property internationally, and it seems that Europe is their preferred choice.

According to migration experts Sable International, the hottest emerging destinations for South African investors at the moment, are Portugal, Malta and Montenegro.

Andrew Rissik, director at investment and migration firm, Sable International, said if people are unable to gain a second passport through the traditional routes like the descent from a citizen parent or marriage, citizenship-by-investment through property is an alternative.

“Most buyers are looking for a solid offshore property investment, that offers them either residency or citizenship and easy access to Europe. Some are moving their straight away, but others are looking for easier investment terms that only require them to visit the country for a couple of days a year,” he said.

Here are the

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European vacationers face threats of sudden and ever-changing COVID-19 travel rules – National

Noble Horvath

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, the U.K. government issued its latest changes to its COVID-19 travel corridors “safe list,” i.e. countries from which travellers do not need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

Cuba was added to the safe list, but the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland were taken off.

Confusingly, the other U.K. nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales decide their own lists, which are mostly, but not exactly, the same as England.

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Coronavirus: Canada extending international travel restrictions, mandatory quarantine until Sept. 30

The changes were set to come into effect on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 4 a.m., giving British residents in those three countries 35 hours to get home or face the prospect of self-isolating for 14 days.

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In recent weeks, two of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe — France and Spain — were also suddenly

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European Vacation Hot Spots Offer Luxury A Focused Opportunity To Engage Local Clientele

Noble Horvath

Luxury brands can’t lean on tourism shopping to make their margins this summer. Due to the Coronavirus, travel bans have prevented high spending clients from the US, Russia and Brazil from entering the European Union. In contrast, critical clients from China and the Middle East are, by and large, staying away as cities like Paris, Rome and Barcelona find themselves devoid of foreign tourists. But locals still flocked to glamourous vacation ports such as Capri, St. Tropez, Ibiza and Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. This summer, brands zeroed in on seasonal pop-ups and experiences hoping to court their local, but generally less profitable, European clients.

Dior has taken this foreign tourist pause to expand on their summer pop-up shop concepts in even more European vacation hubs. Places like Forte

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