China Golden Week Creates Gridlock … And Revenue

China celebrates Golden Week this week whereby 1.3 billion people are given eight consecutive days off work. Golden Week is the name given to a semi-annual 7 day National Holiday started in 2000. It is an unusually long break this year as the Golden Week concides with the Mid-Autumn Festival which is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrating the end of the fall harvest.  However, 1.3 billion people all having time off at the same time creates massive gridlock in many regions in China. On the flipside, revenue at tourist sites and for other consumer spending, increases during the break.

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And The Winner Is … SWEDEN!

Sweden has won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest which took place last night in Baku, Ajerbaijan. The song called ‘Euphoria’ and sung by the artist Loreen, came out top in the contest by winning with a whopping 372 points! This means that the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Sweden.

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Cannes Film Festival 2012

cannes film festival 2012The 65th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) runs from 16th – 27th May 2012. Cannes is a glamorous and trendy resort on the Côte d’Azur, France. The annual Cannes Film Festival is a local film festival and one of the biggest and most prestigious showcases of the world’s best film-making.

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Cabbies Learn Languages for the London Olympics

More than 3,000 cab drivers who work for Radio Taxis in London have been given MP3 and CD language courses so they are prepared for the influx of foreign tourists for the 2012 Olympics.  Under the scheme devised by Collins Language, drivers will learn useful phrases in French, Spanish and Chinese, and will have a flag on their cab to denote the language they can speak. [Read more…]