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Emilia Romagna re-opens to visitors after recent flooding

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City of Modena in the Emilia Romagna area of Italy
Modena, one of the cities in Emilia Romagna, is known for its balsamic vinegar and opera heritage | Photo: Sterlinglanier Lanier

Emilia-Romagna, a region in northern Italy, is once again open to visitors following the recent floods in May, thanks to the strong and decisive character of its inhabitants, the great efficiency and organisation of its services and the resilience of its territory and businesses.

Emilia-Romagna comprises of Bologna, Modena, Reggio-Emilia, Ferrara, Rimini, Piacenza, Ravenna, Parma and Forli-Cesena. The region has 11 art cities, four of which are UNESCO heritage sites, 18 pilgrimage routes, 17 natural parks, 11 amusement parks, 110km of beaches and 24 spas as well as being home to some of the best culinary specialities within Italy.

Travelling to Emilia-Romagna

The main road and traffic routes are open, including the A14 motorway and the Bologna-Rimini railway line. The Rimini-Ravenna section is also running and in operation. All regional airports – Bologna, Forlì, Rimini and Parma are open and operational, with flights returning to normal service. Cruises departing and arriving at the Ravenna Cruise Terminal in Porto Corsini are also operating.

Romagna Riviera

The Romagna River is once again accessible. The Romagna Riviera is the symbol of a summer holiday, on this stretch of the Adriatic coast, visitors can find some of the most famous beaches in Italy. Known for its clean, safe waters, on-trend entertainment, unparalleled hospitality, love and respect for nature as well as fantastic art, culture, food and wine. In the evening, it is transformed into the hub of Italy’s nightlife with many venues, cocktail bars and clubs in Milano Marittima, Rimini and Riccione. It is great destination for families, groups of friends, single people and animal lovers – offering a number of dog friendly beaches.

Amusement Parks

Emilia-Romagna offers many theme parks, water parks and adventure parks, providing entertainment for families and groups of friends. All the region’s amusement parks in Mirabilandia, Italia in Miniatura, Oltremare, Cattolica Aquarium, Fiabilandia are fully operational.

Cities of art and culture

Medieval and Renaissance historical centres, ancient and modern works of art, exhibition spaces for contemporary design and craftsmanship are accessible to the public. Ferrara, Modena and Ravenna are the three cities of art that conserve a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Parma is also a UNESCO creative city for gastronomy and its Baptistery has been listed by UNESCO among the sites of greatest astronomical value worldwide.

Events

Every summer, Emilia-Romagna offers visitors a rich programme of events and initiatives that bring the cities, towns and the entire Riviera to life.

See the below upcoming events:

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Disneyland Paris renames theme park in $2 billion revamp

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The transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park will see it almost double in size.

Disneyland Paris has unveiled a new name for Walt Disney Studios Park as part of the park’s US$2 billion transformation.

Walt Disney Studios Park will become Disney Adventure World when the new immersive area, World of Frozen, opens.

The transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park will see it almost double in size.

“We’re changing the story of Walt Disney Studios Park, evolving from ‘how it’s done’ soundstages to celebratory theatres and adventures that come to life in immersive worlds,” said Tom Fitzgerald, chief storytelling executive at Walt Disney Imagineering and senior creative executive for Disneyland Paris.

“These fully realised adventure worlds will become the focus of the park’s new identity and appear as realms that guests discover as they navigate deeper within the park and are invited to participate in adventures inspired by our most beloved stories.”

As part of the rebrand, the park’s entrance is also being reimagined, with the current design replaced with ‘crafted décor that pays homage to historic movie theaters in Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole.’

“Embracing a transformation that involves the overhaul of more than 90 percent of Walt Disney Studios Park since its debut in 2002, we’re unveiling a fresh creative vision that has completely redefined our second gate,” said Natacha Rafalski, president of Disneyland Paris.

Previous investments in the property include World of Pixar, which opened at the park in 2021 and Avengers Campus (2022).

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EU economy forecast to grow 1.0% in 2024

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Expected economy growth is largely due to consumers spending more this year | Photo: Christiann Koepke

The Commission has published this week a new forecast for the European Union economy, with a more upbeat scenario for consumers. After a downturn in economic activity in 2023, inflation rates will continue to drop and the EU economy should gradually grow in 2024. This is largely driven by ‘consumers spending more, thanks to higher wages and more job opportunities,’ it is believed. 

Concretely, the EU economy should grow 1.0% in 2024. The euro area economy should reach 0.8% of growth. In 2025, GDP will grow even more. Meantime, EU inflation has fallen dramatically since it peaked in 2022. It is expected to wind down to 2.7% in 2024 and to 2.2% in 2025.  

The jobs market is also performing well. Despite the slowdown in activity, the EU economy created more than 2 million jobs in 2023. Activity and employment rates of people aged 20-64 hit new record highs in the last quarter of the year. In March 2024, the unemployment rate in the EU stood at a record low of 6.0%. 

Some challenges remain. For instance, investment growth is slowing since fewer new homes are being built, which affects various industries. As a result, it is expected that interest rates will drop more slowly than anticipated. 

The Commission publishes four economic forecasts throughout a given year, covering GDP and inflation data for all Member States, the EU and the euro area. 

In the UK the scenario is also looking positive, with the Office for National Statistics having recently confirmed that the UK unemployment rate for January to March 2024 (4.3%) is above estimates of a year ago (January to March 2023), and increased in the latest quarter. 

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Mango to strengthens its presence in the UK with 20 store openings

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At the close of the 2023 financial year, Mango had 60 stores in the UK

Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion groups, continues its expansion and brand consolidation plan in the UK with more than 20 store openings planned for 2024. Growth is focused on expanding its presence in London and Scotland, as well as the arrival for the first time in several cities in Northern Ireland and central and southern England.

“The UK is one of the priority markets for Mango’s international growth. The increased presence in London and our arrival this year in some cities where we have not been present until now will consolidate the Mango brand and help us to strengthen it internationally,” says Daniel López, Mango’s Director of Expansion and Franchising.

The company plans four store openings in London this year, in addition to last February’s opening of a store in the Windsor Yards shopping centre in the heart of historic Windsor, close to Windsor Castle

Mango will also increase its presence in Scotland with store openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and for the first time will reach cities in Northern Ireland, as well as central and southern England. 

The new Mango store will incorporate the New Med Mediterranean-inspired store concept, reflecting the spirit and freshness of the brand. Sustainability and architectural integration are the key to this new design that conceives the Mango store as a Mediterranean home with different spaces in which warm tones and neutral colours predominate, combined with traditional, handcrafted, sustainable and natural materials such as ceramics, tuff, wood, marble, esparto grass and leather.

 
Mango has been present in the UK since 1999. In 2021, the company strengthened its presence in the country with the opening of a new flagship store on Oxford Street in London and three other stores in Manchester, Edinburgh and Derby. 

Last year, Mango opened more than 10 stores, mainly in the south and centre of the country, in major cities such as Bristol, London, Manchester and Leeds. Key among them was the store opening in Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. In addition, the company arrived for the first time in Brighton with a 470 m2 store in the Churchill Square shopping centre.

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