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Landmarks across Europe honour the EU-China Tourism Year

Author: Tatiana Rokou / Date: Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:38
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MALTA – Porte Des Bombes, Floriana
AUSTRIA – Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Wattens
ITALY – Tree of Life, Milan
BELGIUM – Grand Place, Brussels

More than 50 landmarks, iconic sites and venues across Europe turned a shade of red on 2-3 March 2018 to build a symbolic bridge of light to China honouring the EU-China Tourism Year.

More than 50 landmarks, iconic sites and venues across Europe turned a shade of red over the past weekend to build a symbolic bridge of light to China honouring the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY). From renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Pont du Gard in France to lesser-known monumental building such as the National Athenaeum in Bucharest (Romania), a host of sites in 18 countries took part in the initiative. Cultural events involving both local and Chinese communities accompanied the illumination of the landmarks in several locations, such as on the memorable Grand Place in Brussels (Belgium). The latter hosted an exhibition of giant Chinese lanterns and a concert of traditional Chinese music organised by the Chinese Mission to the EU, along with the special illumination of the façade of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in red.

The pan-European celebration entitled “The EU-China Light Bridge” is an initiative of the European Commission in cooperation with the European Travel Commission (ETC), numerous municipal councils, cultural institutions and tourism boards in Europe. The Light Bridge aimed at increasing awareness of lesser known European destinations in China as well as to provide an opportunity for European and Chinese communities to better familiarise and appreciate each other’s cultures. The initiative coincided with the celebration of the Lantern Festival in China which marks the end of the New Year’s festivities. The Chinese pillar of the Light Bridge will be built on 9th May 2018 at the invitation of China National Tourism Administration and on the occasion of “Europe Day”, with a number of Chinese sites including the famous Macao Tower illuminated in the blue of the EU flag.

This Light Bridge is part of the ambitious programme of activities prepared for the EU-China Tourism Year (see www.ecty2018.org). The ECTY aims to promote the European Union as a travel destination in China, provide opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation as well as mutual understanding and create an incentive to make progress on market opening and visa facilitation.

Europe saw a remarkable 16% increase in tourist arrivals from China in 2017, reaching a record 13.4 million arrivals. The ETC forecasts an average 9.3% annual growth in tourist arrivals in Europe over the next three years.

European line-up for the EU-China Light Bridge:

Austria

·       Olympic Sky Jump, Innsbruck

·       Brucknerhaus, Linz

·       Design Center, Linz

·       TipsArena, Linz

·       Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Wattens

 

Belgium

·       Sint-Janshuis Mill, Bruges

·       Grand Place, Brussels

·       City Hall, Dinant

·       Topiary Park, Durbuy

·       The Caves of Han, Han-sur-Lesse

·       Massmechelen Village, Maasmechelen

 

Croatia

·       Great Revelin Tower, Korčula

·       Trsat Castle, Rijeka

·       Stari Grad Plain, Stari Grad

·       Zagreb Fountains, Zagreb

 

Denmark

·       Copenhagen

 

Estonia

·       TV Tower, Tallinn

 

France

·       Palais des Ducs, Dijon

·       Hotel La Cloche, Dijon

·       Place Stanislas, Nancy

·       La Vallée Village, Serris

·       Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard

 

Germany

·       Mouse Tower, Bingen

·       Ingolstadt Village, Ingolstadt

·       Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz

·       Postdam

·       Wertheim Village, Wertheim

 

Hungary

·       Lookout Tower, Bekecs

·       Hotel Gellért, Budapest

·       Műpa, Budapest

Ireland

·       Spike Island, Cork

·       Meath County Council Headquarter, Kells

·       Kildare Village, Kildare

·       Powerscourt House and Gardens, Wicklow

 

Italy

·       Roman Forum, Aquileia

·       Royal Palace, Caserta

·       Fidenza Village, Fidenza

·       Tree of Life, Milan

·       Teatro Massimo, Palermo

·       Po Delta, Rovigo

·       Palazzo Madama, Turin

·       MAO Oriental Art Museums, Turin

 

Malta

·       St James Cavalier, Valletta

 

Portugal

·       Moorish Castle, Sintra

 

Romania

·       Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

·       National Theather, Bucharest

 

San Marino

·       Government Palace, San Marino

·       Statue of Liberty, San Marino

Serbia

·       Ada Bridge, Belgrade

·       Palace Albania, Belgrade

 

Slovakia

·       Old Castle, Banská Štiavnica

 

Spain

·       Saint Anthony’s Church, Aranjuez

·       La Roca Village, Barcelona

·       Hanging Houses, Cuenca

·       Windmills, Consuegra

·       Las Rozas Village, Madrid

 

United Kingdom

·       City Hall, Belfast

·       Victoria Square Dome, Belfast

·       Bicester Village, Bicester

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tatiana Rokou

NEWS EDITOR

Tatiana is the news co-ordinator for TravelDailyNews Media Network (traveldailynews.gr, traveldailynews.com and traveldailynews.asia). Her role includes to monitor the hundrends of news sources of TravelDailyNews Media Network and skim the most important according to our strategy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication & Mass Media from Panteion University of Political & Social Studies of Athens and she has been editor and editor-in-chief in various economic magazines and newspapers.