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Paris seen from Ile de St Louis. Image by Moyan Brenn / CC BY 2.0
Paris: still most popular tourist destination?
A news report last month claimed London had topped Paris as the number-one visited tourist destination but Paris has hit back – it claims it’s still number one, based on hotel occupancy. Almost 15.5 million foreigners visited the city in 2013 – an 8% increase from the previous year – although domestic tourism was not as favourable, with a 7% fall in the number of French visiting Parisian hotels. Read more: thelocal.fr
Poland’s oldest horse fair begins
Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend Poland’s oldest horse fair this week, taking place in Skaryszew, in central Poland. The fair dates back to 1432, and visitors can enjoy music from folk bands, as well as witnessing the tradition of horse-trading deals being sealed with a shot of vodka. Read more: thenews.pl
Electric car rally to take place in Croatia
On 27 May electric cars from around the world will converge on Croatia for a 5-day, 850km rally. The race will start in Pula and travel around the country through various towns including Rovinj, Zadar and Smiljan, the birthplace of Nikola Tesla, before finishing in the capital Zagreb. Read more: croatiaweek.com
World’s travel writers coming to Athens
TBEX Europe 2014, the world’s biggest meet-up of travel writers, bloggers and content producers, will take place in Athens from 23 to 25 October. The event is supported by the Greek National Tourism Organisation and will include seminars and presentations by international travel experts and social media influencers. There will also be events showcasing Athens as a travel destination. Read more: news.gtp.gr
Newborn Nile crocodile found in a St Petersburg garbage bin
A newborn Nile crocodile has been found half-frozen in a garbage bin in St Petersburg. Named Gena (after a character from a Russian cartoon), the croc was saved by the waste management crew, and the search is on for a zoo that will become its new home. It’s a mystery how Gena ended up in St Petersburg; authorities believe that a tourist mistakenly brought a crocodile egg into Russia. Read more: readrussia.com
Great white shark. Image by TravelBag Ltd / CC BY 2.0
Great white shark closing on Ireland
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