Italy’s embassy in Pakistan confirms increase in Schengen visa fees

Celina Ali Islamabad: Italy embassy in Pakistan this week confirmed increase in the Schengen visa fees. “Please be informed that, following the publication of the Delegated Regulation of the European Commission n. 2024/1415 of 14/03/2024, Schengen visa fee amounts have changed,” said a statement by the embassy. It added: “The new wording of the art. […]

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Portugal comes up with huge £2.9m plan to force tourists to spread out

Lisbon: A new circular hiking trail is being opened in Portugal to combat over-tourism. Portugal’s renowned tourist hotspots, such as Lisbon and the Algarve, are often overwhelmed with visitors. In response, a new hiking trail, Palmilhar Portugal (Walking Portugal), aims to restore balance by drawing tourists to lesser-known regions. This project will become the world’s […]

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Portugal: Government presents new plan for migration

Newswire Lisbon: The Portuguese government presented this week its action plan for international migration, built around regulated immigration, foreign talent attraction, humanistic integration, and institutional reorganisation. The plan comprises 41 measures. These include: the prioritisation of entry channels for family reunification, young students and skilled professionals; the development and execution of the national plan for […]

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Why you should visit Italy’s secret city

Larry Olmsted Milan: “Move over Milan, A Guide To Turin, Italy’s Most Elegant City,” was a Vogue headline less than two years ago, with the fashion magazine explaining that “Turin—Italy’s fourth largest city, located just 45-minutes from Milan by train—has somehow remained blithely under wraps.” Less than a year ago, London’s Telegraph explained “Why Turin […]

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The best time to visit Greece for good weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices

Stacey Leasca Athens: Greece has long beckoned travelers with its beauty. From the crystalline waters in the surrounding Mediterranean Sea and the rich historical sites that dot the nation’s map to the divine cuisine and stellar hotels, the European country deserves a spot high on travelers’ wish lists. Travelers flock to Greece year-round, but some […]

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How to get off the tourist trail in Greece

Helen Iatrou Athens: A dreamy vacation in Greece is, without a doubt, more sought-after than ever. The Mediterranean destination has already surpassed prepandemic visitor numbers. In 2023, the country of 11 million received over 32.7 million international arrivals compared to 31.3 million in 2019. Credit ratings agency Fitch expects this figure to reach 34.5 million […]

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The best seaside towns in Portugal

Lisbon: Portugal’s extensive coastline is dotted with a plethora of delightful towns and villages. If you travel from the north to the south, you will first pass through villages similar to those found in Galicia in Spain, with stone houses. As you head south, the villages become lighter, whiter and even more colourful, and you’ll […]

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What we know so far about Greece’s 15-minute smart city

Athens: The Ellinikon is making headlines as one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects currently underway in Athens, Greece. Rooted in the principles of a ’15-minute city,’ the €8 billion masterplan is spearheaded by LAMDA Development and offers a comprehensive 360-degree experience to its residents, tenants, guests, and employees. This transformation will revive the obsolete […]

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PORTUGAL – The land of poets

Portugal: Travel and tourism sector set for record-busting 2024 Newswire Lisbon: Portugal’s travel and tourism sector is set for a record-busting 2024, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which has called the outlook for the southwestern European nation “exceptionally promising.” The global forum’s most recent Economic Impact Report, compiled in conjunction with […]

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Italy’s leader keeps the focus on migration on her fourth visit to Tunisia in a year

Newswire Tunis: The head of Italy’s right-wing government acknowledged Wednesday that Tunisia cannot serve as a dumping ground for migrants, days after Tunisia’s president reaffirmed his unwillingness to let Europe outsource migration problems by sending those not welcome there to his country. Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni said during a visit to Tunisia — her fourth […]

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Pakistani, Chinese authorities plan to build a five-star hotel in Lahore

Gwadar Pro Lahore: Pakistani and Chinese authorities this week discussed proposals to build a five-star hotel here. China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) held high-level discussions with key stakeholders, including representatives from the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) and the Punjab Central Business District Authority. “The proposals for prestigious 5-star hotels, with a proposed land requirement […]

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Swiss journalist discovers Kazakhstan’s natural wonders during visit to Almaty

Assem Assaniyaz Astana: Almaty hosted the 69th meeting of the Ski Club of International Journalists (SCIJ) in early March. This was the first edition of the annual week-long meeting of the club in Central Asia. Swiss journalist and filmmaker Fritz Muri, one of the participants, shared impressions from his winter trip to Kazakhstan in an […]

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Copenhagen has fewer statues of women than ‘mythical animals’ – but Denmark seeks change

Miranda Bryant Stockholm: Denmark has pledged to put up more statues of women, with the country’s culture minister saying the capital has “more statues of mythical beasts and horses”. According to the Danish government, only 31 of 321 statues and busts in Danish cities are of women. Of the 101 named statues in Copenhagen, only […]

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EU receives over 1.1 million asylum applications in 2023

Brussels: In 2023, EU+ countries received 1.14 million applications for international protection, reaching a 7-year high. Syrians continued to lodge the most applications, with Afghans remaining the second largest applicant group, albeit with significantly fewer applications than the previous year. An increase in Palestinian applications was also noted towards the end of the year. Analysis […]

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