Today, many European landmarks will be illuminated in red to mark the EU-China Year of Tourism (ECTY), and the pan – European celebration coincides with the Lantern Festival in China, which marks the end of New Year ‘s festivities. The “Light Bridge” is part of an ambitious program of activities carried out on the occasion of the EU-China Tourism Year.The “light bridge” project involves 30 cities from 12 EU member states and aims to raise awareness of lesser-known European destinations in China, and is also an opportunity for European and Chinese communities to get to know and appreciate each other’s culture better. to promote the EU as a travel destination in China, to provide opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding, and to create an impetus for progress in market opening and visa facilitation.The Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka has joined the celebration of the EU-China Year of Tourism, which is celebrated today, March 2, 2018. On that occasion, a “light bridge” program with the theme of the year is being implemented all over the world, and on that occasion, the Trsat Castle will shine in red. Today, in Korčula, the Tourist Board of the City of Korčula will mark the 2018 year of EU and Chinese tourism, supporting the EU Light Bridge project with events in cooperation with the city institutions of Korčula. Thus, an exhibition of books with archival material about Marco Polo will be opened, as well as a lecture about this world traveler and researcher. In the evening, the Veliki Revelin tower will be illuminated, which will include Korčula in the “light bridge” project, which is being implemented in 30 cities from 12 EU countries.Since 2018 has been declared the year of EU and Chinese tourism, from 12 to 16 February, in cooperation with the City of Zagreb, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Chinese New Year and, at the same time, the EU-China Light Bridge project . Zagreb’s fountains are lit by lanterns, and the fountains themselves will shine with the traditional red color of the flag of the People’s Republic of China. At the representative entrance to the city center, in this way, Zagreb and China will be symbolically connected, whose inhabitants are among the most numerous visitors to the city. Namely, in 2017 in Zagreb there was an increase of 36 percent in the arrival of Chinese guests (42.202) and 25 percent in overnight stays (56.707), which made guests from China enter the ten most numerous visitors to Zagreb for the first time.The organization of this international event is carried out by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Tourism Commission and the Chinese National Tourism Organization and with the support of other institutions that are preparing a “light bridge” on major monuments and sights.
The Space@Sea project has officially started with the aim of developing a standardized and cost-efficient modular island capable of producing and storing energy from offshore renewable sources, among its other multi-use applications.Space@Sea consists of seventeen European partners, including companies, research institutes and universities, united under Horizon 2020-funded project to develop a modular concept for multi-use platforms with low ecological impact.The three-year project that officially started on November 1, 2017, will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimize the motions at sea.The total worth of the project is around €7.6 million, out of which Horizon 2020 is providing approximately €6.8 million to support its development.As a starting point, triangles that allow modular design will be used to maximize the flexibility of adding and removing deck space and applications if necessary.Offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs, according to the project consortium.Maarten Flikkema, Project Coordinator at Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), said: “The three-year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale.”To remind, the concept for floating mega island, comprising 87 large triangle-shaped floaters, was tested at MARIN earlier this year.During Space@Sea project, four applications for the island will be studied including farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living.To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands, Space@Sea will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe, the project consortium said.