Visitors’ centre – Carfin Fri, 11 Jun 2021 20:40:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Visitors’ centre – Carfin 32 32 Hughes family to invest up to € 75million in Westport redevelopment plan Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:42:06 +0000

The Hughes family behind the Portwest clothing group plan to invest up to € 75 million in Westport House and Estate and the adjacent Westport hotel.

The latter is located on a site that was once part of the 175-hectare (433-acre) estate and will now be incorporated there as a single project.

It is hoped that overall development will make the area one of the largest tourist attractions in the west, with up to 300,000 visitors per year targeted over the next four years.

Westport House was acquired by the Hughes family in 2017 after it was put up for sale by Nama for 10 million euros. This week, it obtained 20.2 million euros in state funding for a 36.1 million euros public-private partnership (PPP) project for the construction of several new attractions on the estate.

The PPP project will include a large Wild Realms horticultural project on the estate in association with landscape designer Mary Reynolds, as well as a standalone Wild Heart exhibit focused on historical figure Grace O’Malley.

The PPP also includes a redesign of Westport House, which was owned by the Browne family. The remaining 15.9 million euros will be invested by the Hughes family themselves.

Meanwhile, the Hughes family will know next week whether they have received a building permit for the first phase of a massive Westport hotel upgrade, which will cost nearly € 20 million. The project includes the demolition of a large part of the public spaces of the 129-bed hotel, built by the family in the 1970s. It will then benefit from a new ballroom, restaurants and bars, and will see a renovation of all rooms and its leisure center.

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Other parts of the estate’s overall development plan include an additional 5 million euros which is currently spent on improving the construction of Westport House, while there will also be investments in a new adventure facility on the estate and eventually a new independent tourist facility is also being considered.

The PPP, overseen on behalf of the state by Fáilte Ireland, is expected to be ready by 2024 or 2025, while the hotel redesign will also be ready by then.

The Hughes family has appointed Barry O’Connor as managing director to oversee the development master plan. Previously, he had reorganized Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links for Kennedy Wilson, prior to its sale in 2019, and was the general manager of the resort at Killeen Castle. He also ran the Doonbeg Golf Resort hotel.

“The country needs to build large-scale tourist attractions. Ireland currently has a tourism advantage over countries like Croatia and Denmark, but it needs to invest to keep that advantage, ”said Mr. O’Connor.

“But the government cannot do it on its own. We need to attract private investment in large-scale tourist attractions and the PPP model is helping to achieve this. “

Mr O’Connor said he hoped the development of Westport would help “bring more visitors” to the Galway area, traditionally one of the biggest draws on the Wild Atlantic Way which would be teeming with American and European visitors this this month, if not for the pandemic.

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The new Batavia Coast Conference Center draws business leisure crowds to Geraldton and the Mid West Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:10:00 +0000

Businessman, publican and now king of conference centers, one man from Geraldton says the whole region will reap the rewards of his latest venture.

In January 2020, the Gerald Apartment Hotel received a regional economic grant of $ 250,000 to help build a 350-person conference room in central Geraldton, with the company covering more than half the cost.

A week after opening, the Batavia Coast Conference Center has already hosted a real estate conference, two large-scale dinners, and a health conference.

According to owner Grant Pitman, his events team has about 30 more events planned for the next 12 months. “We hope to attract around 15,000 (to) 20,000 unique visitors to our city,” he said.

“Staying here for two or three days, that’s 30,000 pots of beer or 30,000 nights of accommodation if they stay two days.

“That’s what it’s all about: bringing unique visitors to the city and stimulating local businesses.

The hotel was also recently named a finalist for the Australian WA Hotel Association 2021 Awards of Excellence. The company is shortlisted for the prestigious award for Best Regional Accommodation for WA, with nominations for Housekeeping Manager Sheryll Giba, Deputy General Manager Gemma Clark and the Old Man & Hotel Rooftop Bar. The Sea.

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Commercial Bay mall loses some value, but its skyscraper glass tower grows by more than 10% Thu, 10 Jun 2021 05:27:00 +0000

The value of the Commercial Bay retail center fell slightly due to the impact of the pandemic on retail.

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The value of the Commercial Bay retail center fell slightly due to the impact of the pandemic on retail.

Auckland’s Commercial Bay shopping center has lost value slightly over the past year, but its steel and glass office tower has grown by more than 10%.

Overall, Auckland waterfront office and retail development has increased in value from around $ 65 million over the past year to around $ 1.07 billion.

Its owner Precinct Properties announced on the NZX that its total portfolio of properties had grown by $ 284 million to approximately $ 3.3 billion in a preliminary full-year revaluation. The increase in value is 9.4% compared to a year ago.

Precinct primarily owns and develops office buildings in the Auckland and Wellington CBDs.

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Precinct Properties Managing Director Scott Pritchard said the company still has a huge belief in Commercial Bay's retail business.

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Precinct Properties Managing Director Scott Pritchard said the company still has a huge belief in Commercial Bay’s retail business.

A year ago, Precinct reduced the value of Commercial Bay from just over $ 80 million to around $ 1 billion due to the impact of Covid-19 and border closures.

Then the value of the mall was reduced from just over $ 71 million to $ 425 million and the value of the 39-story PwC Tower, the tallest office building, was reduced by about 9 million dollars to $ 580 million.

Riding general manager Scott Pritchard said he was not disclosing the individual values ​​of his properties at this point, but the increase in the total value of Commercial Bay was about $ 65 million over the year until June 2021.

The mall’s value was “a little” lower than the $ 425 million a year ago. He had been “impacted by the current situation over the past 12 months”.

With the office tower, blocked rents and emphyteutic lease terms in a world-class building have contributed to its valuation.

“We still have a huge belief around Commercial Bay retail,” said Pritchard.

Before Covid, Precinct was expecting around 10 million per year through the Commercial Bay retail hub with around 30% of those international visitors, and despite Covid reaching nine million in the past year due to local support.

The values ​​of its properties are revealed in the company’s annual report, which is released with its annual result in August.

PwC's Steel and Glass Tower is New Zealand's tallest office building.


PwC’s Steel and Glass Tower is New Zealand’s tallest office building.

Precinct’s office buildings in Wellington grew 16.8 percent in the year, while its Auckland buildings grew 6.5 percent.

Pritchard said the Wellington offices were seeing good rental growth. This market has been particularly resilient.

This was shown recently with the rental agreement with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency taking all the remaining space in a building on the Bowen campus that Precinct was starting to develop.

Pritchard said he was happy with the increase in value. Perhaps the most significant aspect has been the growth in rents.

The office market has held up very well despite rumors that more people are working from home. Its occupancy rates were high, from 98 to 99%.

“Despite all the conversations in the market about working from home and workplace flexibility, we are now seeing companies rely heavily on their workplace again and within our portfolio we have seen a return almost complete with all returning occupants. office space.

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Visitors will be assured of a warm welcome in Dumfries and Galloway Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:21:00 +0000

Dumfries and Galloway Council Chief Elaine Murray and her deputy Rob Davidson met with volunteers and staff at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Center to thank them for all the hard work they are doing to prepare for this summer.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Chief Elaine Murray and her deputy Rob Davidson met with volunteers and staff at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Center to thank them for all the hard work they are doing to prepare for this summer.

In order to provide a warm and personalized welcome, Dumfries and Galloway Council plan to increase the number of visitors and volunteer ambassadors to the city center.

Local staff from all municipal departments and partner organizations and volunteers will be able to answer questions and direct people to local attractions.

Board leader Elaine Murray and her deputy Rob Davidson met with the volunteers and staff at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Center to thank them for all the hard work they are doing to prepare for this summer.

With a view to welcoming visitors, the council is working with Scotland Starts Here ( to promote the region and encourage ‘responsible tourism’, asking people to protect and respect, but ultimately, to enjoy the natural environment. and encourage local purchases to stimulate the economy of Dumfries and Galloway.

A series of posters featuring images of the spectacular campaign are already appearing in all areas, promoting a number of messages as well as signage information.

The information they contain comes from community conversations held across the region to establish what locals saw as the benefits and challenges of returning visitors.

These posters are also available free of charge on the council’s website for businesses and communities to download and print themselves for display.

Councilor Murray said: “It is great to see visitors returning to our area after the various blockages caused by the pandemic.

“We ask visitors to respect our campaign and our communities, but with our visiting ambassadors, they are assured of a warm welcome.

“I hope this will not only make for pleasant, safe and enjoyable sightseeing, but encourage tourists to come back to our region in the future.”

Further information is available on the council’s social networks and at

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Corpn chains school principals to check overcrowding in cereal centers | Delhi News Tue, 08 Jun 2021 22:40:00 +0000

This pandemic has taken its toll on the lives of migrants and the capital’s poor, who have struggled to make ends meet. Getting the ration has been the biggest battle they’ve had in the months. Many of them have earned next to nothing in the past month due to the pandemic-induced lockdown. talks to people who couldn’t get a ration after waiting days in winding queues. A view outside the seemapuri school. PHOTO BY RAJESH MEHTA

New Delhi: To ensure that there is no overcrowding in its free food grain distribution centers, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has decided to enlist nodal agents, in addition to school principals who are supposed to take care of the management of these 28 centers.
EDMC Mayor Nirmal Jain requested the assignment of nodal officers to assist and oversee the centers in a high-level meeting with other officials and officials. “From our side, we want to provide a hassle-free experience for those in need who visit the ration distribution centers. At the same time, however, the implementation of the Covid protocol is important to minimize the risk of infection, which is why I have also given instructions to allow people in the queues in the centers, to avoid chaos and give entry to the rooms only to those whose coupons are generated for delivery. of cereals. For visitors, we are setting up a drinking water installation, etc. », Explained the mayor.
Jain added that more than 200 staff, including four-five teachers, are engaged in each center for online data entry, recording Aadhaar details, duplicate verification and generating coupons after integrating the recipient’s mobile phone number.
“Each school’s workforce includes two or three D-grade staff in each center for the loading and unloading of rations, which are distributed under the leadership of Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana from June 5 on the direction of the food and supplies department of the government of Delhi. The district administration has also provided enough civil protection guards to manage the crowds, ”added the mayor.
As per the government schedule, schools distribute 4 kg of wheat and 1 kg of rice to each person each month after updating their Aadhaar contact details and verifying that the person holds a non-ration card.
In North Delhi, rations are being distributed to 40 primary schools in addition to public schools in Delhi.
The mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Jai Prakash, said he had received complaints about overcrowding, mismanagement and people unable to obtain rations. “I will visit some of these centers soon, talk to visitors and try to resolve their issues even if it would require the placement of additional staff,” Jai Prakash said.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation, meanwhile, distributes rations to its 31 primary schools in its jurisdiction. “The whole project is taken care of by the district administration, including crowd management. Our teachers communicate the statute to the authorities so that they can take the necessary measures ”, declared the head of the Chamber, Narendra Chawla.


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Romsey ‘green campus’ could ease tensions between drivers and residents with new parking spaces Tue, 08 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

TENSIONS between drivers and residents could be eased if plans for a multi-million pound “nature-based campus” in Romsey are approved, a charity said.

A request has been submitted to the Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to demolish the former Romsey World of Water aquatic center in Greatbridge Road.

In its place, a cafe, visitor center and place for bird watching in Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve – next to the development – could create 150 jobs.

If approved, the £ 10million scheme, submitted by Azure One Limited, would offer retail space, flexible community space and office space.

The Romsey & District Society believe conflict between residents and motorists can erupt when people are eager to spot rare birds in the nature reserve, but park on residential roads.

In a document to TVBC, the charity estimates that the 173 parking spaces at the new site could reduce rows in limited spaces.

It reads: “The availability of more parking spaces will reduce local on-street parking on residential roads, which has caused conflict with local residents when rare bird species and starlings chirp. have been reported in the nature reserve. ”

The charity added that the project could be a positive example of an environmentally friendly building in the area that “would complement and enhance the nature reserve.”

It comes after ep projects project manager Gary Wilburn revealed that work on the site could begin in September if TVBC gives the green light to the plans.

He told the Advertiser: “All parties continue to pursue the original vision of providing equal access to Fishlake Meadows and Lower Test Valley for current and future generations.

“We hope to get clearance very soon and start work on the site in September of this year.”

Prior to that, Mr Wilburn said the ‘nature-based campus’ could generate 150 jobs, ‘provide a £ 10million investment in green infrastructure’ and provide better access to the nature reserve.

He said Azure One Limited was working with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) to “ensure that development improves the area for wildlife and provides opportunities for those who work or visit to enjoy and connect. with nature “.

HIWWT CEO Debbie Tann also told the Advertiser: “This abandoned site sits next to our nature reserve, Fishlake Meadows – a wonderful wildlife refuge on the edge of Romsey.

“There is a real opportunity to bring nature to the fore here and we are happy to work with the team to help ensure that development is sensitive to the particular fauna of our nature reserve and offers real benefits at the same time. for wildlife and locals. . ”

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Forever Edinburgh: Food for Thought as Gladstone’s Land Launches Historic First Food Tour Mon, 07 Jun 2021 11:32:22 +0000

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Owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the 500-year-old building on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh has received a £ 1.5million restoration and has just reopened after a scorching spell experienced by the heritage body for the pandemic. With the closure of its tourist attractions, the NTS suffered a massive drop in revenue and was forced to lay off staff. However, nearly 200 under-threatened jobs have been saved thanks to a £ 3.8million bailout.

And now, as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, staff at Gladstone’s Land are gearing up for what is expected to be a great summer for visitor numbers to what is considered one of the most historic buildings. most valuable in Edinburgh.

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After opening to the public for the first time last month following a £ 1.5million restoration, the National Trust for Scotland's Gladstone's Land, atop Edinburgh's Royal Mile, presents its first-ever visit interactive historical gastronomy next week (Wednesday 9 June).

After opening to the public for the first time last month following a £ 1.5million restoration, the National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land, atop Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, presents its first-ever visit interactive historical gastronomy next week (Wednesday 9 June).

Next week, visitors can take a historic food tour starting Wednesday, June 9.

The ‘Tables Through Time’ tour follows the lives of three women who lived and worked in Gladstone’s Land, telling the story of changing food tastes in Edinburgh’s Old Town and the impact of business, class and fashion on people’s food.

Tourists can try ‘donkey tea,’ toast dipped in hot water and parlies, a type of gingerbread cookie named after they were a favorite among members of the Scottish Parliament.

Visitors will be able to taste sweet banners with fruit, sugar or honey, and will then be able to try a specially created ice cream made from lemon cream and elderflower.

The ‘Tables Through Time’ tour follows the lives of three women who lived and worked in Gladstone’s Land, telling the story of changing food tastes in Edinburgh’s Old Town and the impact of business, class and fashion on people’s food.

Based on specially commissioned research by Lindsay Middleton, a doctoral student in food history at the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen, the tour ranges from a 17th century kitchen on the first floor, to a clothier 18th and 19th century on the second floor and a 20th century guesthouse on the third floor.

Food historian Lindsay Middleton said: “Historic food is something that interests us more and more, whether it’s History Week on the Great British Bake Off or reading recipes in books. cooking classes and wonder at strange ingredients and cooking techniques.

“Scottish cuisine has a rich and varied history.

“In the harsh climate, the Scots had to get creative with the food.

“On the Tables Through Time tour, we look at three women who lived in Gladstone’s Land, and how food and drink featured in their lives.

“Considering the different foods that are said to have been cooked and consumed on the property throughout its history will show how food, life and work have always been linked. “

Claire Grant, National Trust for Scotland’s Director of Operations for Edinburgh, said: “It’s impossible to think of Gladstone’s Land without thinking of food.

“It has been at the center of Edinburgh’s spice and coffee trade, it’s a tavern, it’s a house.

“From the flavors of ice cream served to the spices found on the coffee tables, we took inspiration from the tasty history of the building, its people and its many uses over the centuries, to create a place that people will love it. “

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Gangs continue to intimidate and harass in Liverpool city center Sun, 06 Jun 2021 17:43:37 +0000

Police have again been given increased powers to deal with large gangs that intimidate local businesses, visitors and residents of Liverpool city center.

Merseyside Police said the new powers are in response to a large number of unrest-causing youth rallies.

A dispersal zone has been set up in Liverpool city center, from tonight until Monday 7 June.

The scatter area covers the vast majority of the city center including the River Mersey, St Nicholas Place, Chapel Street, Tithebarn Street, Great Crosshall Street, Byrom Street, William Brown Street, Lime Street, Renshaw Street, Berry Street, Great Georges Street, Place St James, Stanhope Street, Mariners’ Quay.

Under section 34 of the Anti-Social Behavior & Policing Act 2014, police officers and traffic officers who support the police community have the power to order people they suspect to be in. originating or likely to cause a crime, nuisance or antisocial behavior to members of the public in a designated area and do not return for 48 hours.

The dispersal zone in Liverpool city center was introduced on Sunday 6 June following reports of anti-social behavior

By law, officers have the power to seize any item used in the commission of anti-social behavior.

If a person who had previously been ordered to leave the area returned, an offense would be committed, for which they could ultimately be arrested.

Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said: “We are introducing this scatter zone as a further response to support members of the public and businesses, who have reported a large number of youth gatherings, causing unrest and intimidation against them. local businesses, residents and visitors.

“This behavior will not be tolerated and additional officers will remain in the area to disperse any groups causing such problems and to reassure the vast majority of law-abiding people who are taking advantage of the city this weekend.

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“Scatter zones are an additional power that we use appropriately and when needed.

“Such an action is not about disturbing anyone going about their daily business. It is about ensuring that the city center remains a welcoming place for those who live, work and visit here, and to keep those away. that cause danger and distress through their thoughtless behavior. Give us the information and we will take action. “

You can pass any information on anti-social behavior through our social media office @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Center’ on Facebook.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:

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Phuket to reopen to foreign visitors vaccinated amid third wave of COVID-19 in Thailand Sat, 05 Jun 2021 06:59:03 +0000

Bangkok, June 5: As Thailand continues to grapple with its third and worst wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, authorities have said the country’s largest resort island, Phuket, remains on track to reopen to foreign visitors vaccinated from the 1st of July. The plan to reopen, which is part of a “Phuket Sandbox”, was approved on Friday at a meeting of the Center for the Administration of the Economic Situation, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

Under the plan which is still subject to Cabinet of Ministers approval, foreign visitors from low and medium risk countries to Phuket could be exempted from mandatory quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated with Covid vaccines. 19 certified by the World Health Organization. Chinese buyers are eyeing the property and investing in the post-Phuke pandemic in Thailand.

However, they must stay on the island and can travel freely for at least 14 days before they can head to other places in Thailand. This is however subject to the overall Covid-19 situation in the country and could change. Speaking to CNN, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said he expects around 129,000 visitors to arrive in Phuket between July and September this year.

During this time, domestic travelers visiting Phuket must be fully vaccinated, have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or recover from Covid-19 within 90 days. Otherwise, they must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out in the seven days preceding their arrival.

The country also plans to welcome vaccinated foreign visitors again to nine other provinces, including the capital Bangkok and popular tourist destinations Pattaya and Chiang Mai, in the third or fourth quarter of the year.

The total number of cases in Thailand rose to 171,979, while the death toll stood at 1,177, more than ten times since the third wave of the epidemic began to spread in early April. Some 1.6% of Thailand’s 70 million people have been fully vaccinated against Covid.

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The Bastion & Thieves Pot – Stirling, Scotland Fri, 04 Jun 2021 21:06:28 +0000

Hidden in the nooks and crannies of the Thistles shopping center is the remnant of the town keep.

Like many Scottish towns in this period, there was a protective barrier, known as the ‘Burgh Wall’, which surrounded the surrounding area. It turns out that the current shopping complex was built on this old defensive structure. Descending an iron spiral staircase, visitors will find themselves in what was once a mid-1500s watchtower.

Visitors will also find various artifacts with written descriptions that tell the story of what was once the stronghold of the Scottish nation’s capital. These include a replica of “Lady Justice” who presided over the city toll, the palisades and royal cockades on display in Stirling Castle.

Not to be missed was the Thieves Pot, a glass covered hole where prisoners were shackled for various crimes. Alongside these exhibits, an audio commentary provided by local ghost walking artist David Kinnaird.

During the pre-industrial era, miners were sent to work in the thieves’ pot to extract metals.

Know before you go

Located near the west entrance, along Port Street. A spiral staircase will lead you to the exhibition. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible.

Entrance is free, but only accessible when the mall is open. Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday until 8:00 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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