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Abba museum to target new and old fans

Dancing Queen: The Abba museum opens in Stockholm in May.

Dancing Queen: The Abba museum opens in Stockholm in May.

A museum dedicated to former Swedish pop group Abba aims to allow visitors to get "really close" to the group's history, according to a former member of the pop quartet.

Abba the Museum is set to open in May and will form a permanent section in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, which will showcase Swedish popular music from the 1920s until the present day. The museum is located on the island of Djurgarden, near the Stockholm waterfront, and accessible by ferry as well as tram and bus.

Nepal to attract more tourists

Nepal Tourism aims to double tourist arrivals to 1.5 million a year in line with its three-year tourism plan. Famed for outdoor trekking, Nepal will explore new destinations to encourage travellers to prolong their stay. The country also plans to attach private sector investment for infrastructure development under public/private partnership. About 730,000 tourists arrived in Nepal last year.

UNWTO toasts billionth tourist

One billion tourists have travelled the world so far this year, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation, which is urging visitors to buy local and respect their host cultures. "Your actions count. That is our message to the one billion tourists," said UNWTO chief Taleb Rifai in Madrid, welcoming a British woman as the world's symbolic 1 billionth tourist of 2012. To multiply the positive impact of tourists’ spending power, the organisation advised them to buy local food, souvenirs and services. It also urged travellers to respect their host cultures, help protect heritage, save energy and use public transport. - DPA

High speed for Tivoli

The celebrated Tivoli pleasure gardens will open for the summer season in 2013 with a host of new attractions and more space. About 600 square metres have been added with a new Tycho Brahe-themed area and three new amusement rides in the area formerly known as Merry Corner. These include giant eagles and a ride at breakneck speed where centrifugal forces of 4G are unleashed. Children will enjoy the Little Pilot, a classic Tivoli amusement, which is being rebuilt and redesigned into an interactive flying merry-go-round. It allows children to operate a joystick to control their height during the ride. Visit www.tivoli.dk.

Lighting up Montreal

Dramatic light installations will illuminate the Canadian city of Montreal this winter. Two design teams were front-runners in a contest to brighten up the city and both have been allowed to display their ideas on the streets until March 2. The Iceberg show consists of illuminated arcs, while Le jour des 8 soleils (The Day of Eight Suns) consists of projections on the facades of buildings.




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