Cluj-Napoca – European Capital of Youth 2015
The Municipality of Cluj-Napoca was designated the European Capital of Youth in 2015. The documentation on which such decision relies stipulates that the youth is a serious investment for sustainable and responsible urban development. The name of the program presented is SHARE, a strong, clear, tough, diversified and interesting concept. ”SHARE supports the sharing of space, of culture, of power, of labour, of joy, of joint European vision and values, through topics such as the Bar, mobility, structured dialogue and information for youth. Focusing on the European dimension and collaboration with universities, the civil society and local partners, Cluj-Napoca is able to provide permanent consulting services in the trials related to the problems of youth”, it is stated in the youthforum.org handout. The title of European Capital of Youth was awarded for the first time in 2009 to the town of Rotterdam, followed by Torino, Anvers, Braga, Maribor. Salonic will hold this title in 2014.
AEROTRAVEL brings MSC to Constanţa
Until the autumn of this year, no Romanian could embark on a cruise vessel from Constanţa port. It will become however starting with September 27th, an embarking point for MSC Cruises vessels. The company will begin to operate a cruise from Constanţa, on a route including six destinations (except for the leaving point). The first passengers will embark directly from Romania on the board of the vessel MSC Musica. They will leave in an 11-night cruise on the route Constanţa-Gythion-Vene-ţia-Katakolon-Istanbul-Yalta-Odessa-Constanţa. Another 3 courses of MSC Musica will leave this autumn from the port of Constanta, said An-to-nio Niţu, general manager of Aero-travel Lufthansa City Center, partner agency of MSC since 2009, selling the abovementioned offers. Niţu estimates that this cruise will be undertaken, until the end of 2013, by around 400 Romanians. Last year, the company sold 3.000 cruises in Romania but with embarking from ports abroad on MSC vessels, and this year he estimates an increase by 50%.
Danube Delta appears in a top of the recommendations made by the editors of National Geographic Traveller for the trips this spring. This natural attraction from Romania is included in the first 9 touristic proposals of places where one may spend the holiday. The other destinations are located in New Zeeland, Netherlands, USA, Portugal, Argentina and South Africa.
Situated in the south-east of Romania, at the confluence of Danube and Black Sea, Danube Delta is included in UNESCO patrimony. The last important prize received by the Biosphere Reservation Danube Delta – “Golden Apple” -, was awarded by the International Federation of Tourism Journalists and Editors (FIJET), in 2009, and it is displayed at the Ecotouristic Museum from the town of Tulcea (Tulcea county).
FABULOUS: A circuit of 990.000 British pounds
The British from the website VeryFirstTo, conceived a touristic offer which is said to be the most expensive in the world. It includes the visit of the 962 monuments of UNESCO patrimony held by 157 countries. The cultural trip in time is to be organised on a 2-year period and the service offer is estimated to reach 990.000 British pounds. In Romania one will visit Danube Delta, the monasteries from Moldova, Horezu, the fortified churches from Transilvania, the wooden churches from Maramureş, the Dacian borough from Oraştie and the borough of Sighişoarei. The great circuit on the map of the world includes stops at Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu, as well as in less known, but extremely beautiful sites, such as the painted farm from Halsingland Sweden.
IRU: “Road transport: moving people, driving economies”
The International Road Transport Union (IRU), in partnership with IRU Associate Member, Rosgosstrakh, the CIS Coordinating Transport Conference and the National Taxi Council, today organised the 9th IRU International Road Transport Conference on the theme “Road transport: moving people, driving economies”. Some 200 delegates from CIS countries and the EU discussed how to promote collective passenger road transport by bus, coach and taxi to ensure sustainable mobility across Eurasia through the safest, greenest and most flexible transport services they offer at the lowest cost to society. Opening the Conference, IRU Secretary General, Martin Marmy, stressed, “The IRU launched the Smart Move campaign in 2009 and it has gained incredible momentum, turning into a major international movement and ultimately becoming a new policy instrument in the EU. If such a successful development was possible, it is exactly what we should expect to achieve together in Eurasia. A similar objective can also be pursued with the IRU initiative “Taxi – Anytime, Anywhere!” to place taxis on top of the political agenda, as the benefits provided by taxis have mostly been forgotten despite their tremendous unused potential to contribute to the improved effectiveness of a high quality public transport chain”.
The management of Sfântu Gheorghe Municipality (Covasna county) announced that it will submit candidature to become an European Cultural Capital in 2021. The mayor Antal Arpad made some investigations and found out that every year one determines the countries that may candidate to become European Cultural Capital, and in 2021 it will be Romania’s and Greece’s turn. He considers that the project conceived has high chances to win because, up to present, the locality coordinated by him is the only candidate town that promotes a cultural and touristic region represented by Szekler Area.