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European Best Destination 2012 - ECC - European Consumers Choice

European Best Destination 2012 - ECC - European Consumers Choice


TOP 10 DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE :
20 selected towns were competing for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2012. After a three weeks’ period of online voting Porto is elected the Best European Destination 2012 and wins the title ahead of 19 big european cities.
Dubrovnik, Vienna, Prague, Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Lisbon, Florence and Edinburgh are the next best destinations for a holiday or city-trip in 2012.
We thank all the participants from Tourism Offices, community managers of social networks and the 212.688 voters who have made their choice and influenced the result.
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http://www.europeanconsumerschoice.org/travel/european-best-destination-2012/

Branding the green

Destination Management and Branding in the Mediterranean Region Sustainable Tourism in Times of Crisis - 19th - 21st  April 2012, Antalya, Turkey -- Branding the green. How place branding can contribute to the development of the Northwest of Portugal as green tourism destination
EDUARDO OLIVEIRA* Department of Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, 
University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
ABSTRACT Place branding is a practice adopted by cities, regions and countries in the context of intensified competition for resources, investment, residents and tourists. Places, are faced with the effects of globalisation and are challenged by changes in their economic, cultural and social mosaic (Kavaratzis, 2005). Places have long been seeking to differentiate themselves from each other, in order to assert their individuality and distinctive characteristics in pursuit of economic (e.g. increase the tourism revenues), social and political objectives (Kavaratzis & Ashworth,…

While in the Netherlands

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O tributo eclesiástico de Budapeste

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O tributo eclesiástico de Budapeste


O tributo eclesiástico de BudapestePor HUGO TORRES
A basí­lica de Szent Ist­ván (Santo Estê­vão) estava na lista dos monu­men­tos a visi­tar desde que mar­cá­mos a visita a Buda­peste. E, uma vez por cá, era difí­cil evitá-lo: o edi­fí­cio impõe os seus 96 metros de altura na linha do hori­zonte e serve como ine­vi­tá­vel ponto de refe­rên­cia nos pas­seios pela cidade. Deste lado do rio, Peste, ou do outro, Buda. O único edi­fí­cio que riva­liza em altura com a basí­lica é o do Par­la­mento, com os mes­mos 96 metros (é sim­bó­lico: o Estado e a Igreja são igual­mente impor­tan­tes). São os dois mais altos da capi­tal hún­gara e a lei impede cons­tru­ções mais altas. O monu­mento é sobe­ja­mente conhe­cido dos livros, dos com­pên­dios de arqui­tec­tura neo­clás­sica, das suges­tões de ami­gos, dos guias. Quem tenha sen­tido o menor inte­resse pela His­tó­ria da Hun­gria e per­gun­tado ao Goo­gle sobre o iní­cio do reino asso­ci­ado à nação magiar, quem…

DutchNews.nl - Flying Dutchman makes dream a reality

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DutchNews.nl - Flying Dutchman makes dream a reality

Flying Dutchman makes dream a realityWednesday 21 March 2012 A Dutch mechanical engineer has succeeded in making a pair of wings which allow him to fly like a bird. Jarno Smeets has spent months working on his Human Birdwings project and this weekend managed to fly 100 metres after a short run to take off in a park in The Hague.
The 17-metre wings are modelled on the movement and structure of real bird wings and use two Wii controllers plus parts from a WTC smartphone, allowing Smeets to move his arms freely. 'This was the best moment I've ever had,' the engineer, who is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and his grandfather, said after landing. © DutchNews.nl

KONY: 3 things UNICEF needs you to know to help children in conflict

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A golden age for Dutch Masters

A golden age for Dutch Masters Low tuition fees and the quality of student life mean there's never been a better time for postgraduate study in Holland British students have been notoriously resistant to the idea of foreign 
study, compared with their Continental counterparts, but that is 
changing fast. The reason is simple: the sudden hike in UK tuition fees.
This increase has coincided with changes introduced across the Channel,
where the Bologna Accord has made the British model – a three-year 
degree followed by a Masters – the standard in the Netherlands. Dutch universities compete hard with each other and much of their marketing is aimed at British graduates looking for further education. Tuition fees for a government-subsidised Masters course are €1,713 a year (about £1,450). That's roughly one-sixth the cost of an English equivalent. The cost will rise to €1,771 (£1,500) later this year. The web search site Mastersportal lists 907 Masters courses in Holland, compared with 7…

La Cantine by Coca-Cola

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More Sex is Safer Sex and Other Surprises

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More Sex is Safer Sex and Other Surprises

MORE SEX IS SAFER SEX AND OTHER SURPRISESAn article by Professor Steven E. Landsburg, University of Rochester, New YorkWould the world be a better place if sexually cautious people went out and got more partners? Apply economic logic to the question and you may get a result that deviates far from common sense says Professor Steven E. Landsburg at the recent Warwick Economic Summit 2012. It’s all down to the costs and benefits. Download We all learnt in childhood that you can have too much of a good thing. We know we should have dinner tonight but are not sure if we should reach for that third helping. We know our town should have a fire department but should it have a bigger fire station? That’s something we don’t know. “So the interesting economic problem is, how do you know when you’ve had enough?” asks Prof Landsburg. Here’s where economic logic comes in. “Logic is both fun and useful, and economic logic in particular sometimes surprises you,” …

Top 20 most expensive cities in the world revealed in new study | News | Breaking Travel News

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Top 20 most expensive cities in the world revealed in new study | News | Breaking Travel News

Top 20 most expensive cities in the world revealed in new study 15 6th Jan 2012 A new study examining the top twenty most expensive cities in the world has been released with some perhaps surprising results. While most of the places hard on the wallet were in Europe, it is Scandinavia where tourists are urged to watch their pennies most closely. Following a survey of more than 23,000 travellers, carried out by numbero.com, the most expensive city for visitors (i.e. excluding rent) was revealed to be Trondheim in Norway.

Dutch cheesemaker wins World Championship Cheese Contest

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VIA http://www.dutchdailynews.com/ A Dutch cheesemaker won the first prize at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison on Thursday. This announced the organization of the World Cup in the U.S. city of Madison. The winning cheese is made by Vermeer from Friesland Campina in Wolvega, The Netherlands. The Dutch cheese beat two Swiss cheeses, and marked the first time in four contests the Swiss did not take top honors. The contest, held every two years in Madison, typically draws more than 2,000 entries from nearly two-dozen nations. The three-day contest began on Monday, with judges grading 2,500 entries in 82 cheese and butter classes on flavor, texture, body and color. The second and third place went to cheesemakers from Switzerland. http://www.dutchdailynews.com/dutch-cheesemaker-wins-world-championships-final-in-wisconsin/

Footprint your ass

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World's Best Bikeway Designs

KONY 2012

The world’s best booze - Lonely Planet

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