Planeteer: Cyprus hotels go sustainable, bomb blast rocks Cairo, Brits ‘somewhat proud’ to be British

Coral Bay, Cyprus. Image by Ronald Saunders / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Coral Bay, Cyprus. Image by Ronald Saunders / CC BY-SA 2.0

Mandatory sustainability standards for Cyprus hotels
Hotels in Cyprus will have to actively protect the environment and support local communities under a new scheme approved by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO). The scheme defines minimum sustainability standards that are mandatory for all hotels in the country and includes criteria such as training staff, using local goods and services, reducing waste and energy use, supporting local charities and promoting local food. Read more:

Exhibition of confiscated ancient treasures in Bulgaria
The National History Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, is hosting an exhibition of ancient golden artefacts dating from 3000 BC. The artefacts include 15,000 elements believed to represent parts of three different necklaces. They were recently confiscated during an anti-trafficking operation by the Agency for National Security. Read more:

Brandenburg Gate. Image by Florian Ramel / CC BY-SA 2.0

Performance artists banned from Brandenburg Gate
The city government of Berlin has ruled that costumed street performers will no longer be allowed in Parisier Platz, the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The gate is a significant symbol of the reunification of Germany, and Berliners have objected to the ‘Disneyfication’ of the area. Under the new rules, those whose work constitutes art, such as portrait painters and musicians, will be permitted. Read more:

Finns launch rare rye distillery
The Kyrö Distillery Company in Isokyrö, western Finland, is set to begin producing a rare 100% rye whisky. The first batch of the whisky won’t be available until 2017, but an initial product called Juuri (Root) is able to be sold now for use in cocktails. The company is opening a pop-up restaurant in Helsinki to promote the drink this April, and plans to sell the product in cities such as London, Berlin and Tokyo. Read more:

Spanish village to vote on name change
Residents of the Spanish village Castrillo Matajudios will vote this week on a name change. For more than 500 years the village has had the name Castillo (‘Kill the Jews’), but a proposal has been put forward to revert to its original name Castrillo (‘Jews Hill’). The controversial name dates back to the widespread …read more


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