The latest openings and events from around the world.
IN THE THEME PARK
An Angry Birds amusement area has had its soft opening in Tampere, Finland, and this time it’s with the blessing of Rovio, creator of one of the world’s most popular video game apps. A bootleg park, which opened last year in Changsha, China, has since closed. Located inside the Sarkanniemi Adventure Park, Finland’s Angry Birds land features 12 rides, themed shops, food outlets and a Magic Place where visitors can download exclusive Angry Birds content. The official opening is June 8.
AT THE FAIR
When Expo 2012 opens on May 12 in Yeosu, South Korea, it will boast the largest gathering of robots ever seen at any world’s fair. Some, created in human form, will entertain the crowds with smiles, winks and dance steps. But many will be demonstrating ways to develop underwater resources while protecting the environment. Organizers are using the term “seavilization” to promote the ocean-themed event. Some 105 countries are exhibiting in the three-month Expo. Canada, however, declined, saying the fair was too pricey.
ON THE MOVE
Canadian travellers love the U.S., according to the latest Hotel Price Index study from Hotels.com. It shows American cities accounting for 16 of our 20 most popular international travel destinations. The top three spots go to New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. Only four non-American cities make the list: London, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. Package tour destinations however aren’t part of the survey. Figures just released by Cuba indicate that over 48 per cent of all its visitors during the January-March quarter were from Canada.
Sources: The Canadian Press, Relaxnews, hotels.com.
Special to The Globe and Mail