EU-China Year of Tourism: Korcula, Rijeka and Zagreb among 30 EU cities in the “light bridge” project

first_imgToday, 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.last_img read more

Rodgers hopes Sterling will stay

first_img The 20-year-old, who the club are trying to tie down to a new long-term contract, is reportedly of interest to Bayern Munich. After striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in the summer, the club can ill-afford to lose their next potential world-class star if poor results prevent them returning to the Champions League on a regular basis. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Raheem Sterling will not follow the talent drain out of Anfield despite a season which has failed to take off so far. “Hopefully it is not going to be the case. We are trying to build something here,” said Rodgers. “We were on a path for a couple of years and we have had to come off that path since the summer having lost some players and have had to regroup. “He is a real talisman for this team. He has been a great example of the progress that a lot of the players have made here. “He has gone from a youth team player to one of the top young players in European football. “The club, I am sure, will work very hard (on his contract) and Raheem is happy here, he loves being a Liverpool player. “I am sure between them and the representatives we can get a deal done which will see him go on to continue to develop what is an exciting career. “I will never be surprised teams will be linked with Raheem as he is such a big talent at 20, a wonderful young player, but I am quite relaxed about it.” Sterling found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons at the weekend after missing Liverpool’s best chances in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Rodgers insists the youngster is not being affected by the debate over his future. “I think Raheem has been brilliant, absolutely outstanding, added Rodgers, ahead of a crucial Capital One Cup quarter-final at SkyBet Championship leaders Bournemouth. “The kid’s played in a front role for me at the weekend – a role he has played before as a youngster – but I don’t think it is affecting him one bit. “Okay he maybe could have got a goal or so but he puts defenders on the back foot, he is intelligent in his game, has running ability, and is getting himself into some wonderful positions. “The kid has been a real catalyst for us in terms of our attacking threat so I don’t think there is anything which has affected him. “He leaves his representatives to work with the club to hopefully organise the deal for him and he has no real influence in that. “All I ask him to do is concentrate on playing football and the performances will come and he has shown consistently he has been a real threat.” Press Associationlast_img read more