Attractive new sites for 2015!
Sometimes the desirability of your holiday destination is not so much where you’re going, but what you’ll see when you get there. So for travellers, both experienced and new, 2015 is bringing some great new attractions to be visited and marvelled over. According to reports from the World Tourism Organisation, more tourists are hitting the road, going further and wider afield with a 5% increase in global tourism in 2014 over the previous year.
Major sites of interest include the Champs Elysees in Paris, which welcomes around tens of millions of visitors annually, including close to 15 million just for the Christmas Fair. And Minnesota's Mall of America tops 40 million visitors a year to its shopping and entertainment complex that’s the world’s largest indoor mall. There is plenty out there for folks to visit and be fascinated by, both natural and man-made.
The Flexicover Team looks at some great new attractions for 2015!
One World Observatory; New York City, USA
Described by Lonely Planet as “the Hottest New Travel Experience in the World”, this much-heralded attraction is set to open in the ‘Big Apple’ this spring, at the top of the One World Trade Centre. Situated on the 100th floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, it covers over 11,150m2 and offers panoramic views of the city’s iconic sights, surrounding waters and skyline. Or look down from the glass platform to see the streets 380m below… if you dare! You’ve also a choice of three dining options on the floor above for a memorable meal overlooking the city’s bustle. Head to NYC for a glimpse of the stars and the future!
Museum of Tomorrow; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dedicated to the sciences, this museum’s been designed as part of the larger urban design project to transform Rio’s waterfront into a thriving cultural and residential community. Envisaged to cover 30,000m2, it will feature ‘personal choice experiences’, gardens, reflection pools, cycling path as well as glimpses of new possibilities and how those might affect the planet in the next 50 years and a two level space for education, exhibitions and research. The design is fantastic and futuristic with a sleek aesthetic pushing out into the bay and wing-like steel structures on the roof for solar panels. Venture south for sun and science!
The Goods Line; Sydney, Australia
Similar to New York City’s High Line, this is an elevated park space for pedestrians and cyclists that will connect various neighbourhoods with key cultural and educational institutions located along its edges. It’s designed to provide improved movement from the Railway Square interchange to the corner of Darling Harbour, currently being planned as a new convention and exhibition centre for Sydney. This development will turn a corridor once powered by the movement of industrial goods into one revitalised with people, marking the transformation from industrial to social infrastructure. Head to this vibrant city to see a great take on urban renewal!
Dubai Frame; Dubai, UAE
This majestic edifice, shaped like a giant window frame 150m high and 93m wide, is set to be completed in the second half of this year. With a viewing gallery at the top, it will be accessible via a glass elevator offering visitors a clear view of the environs as it goes up and down the sides of the Frame. A carefully constructed tourist attraction, it’s close to Jumeirah Beach and boasts a clear glass high-rise walkway, so visitors can enjoy views of both old and new Dubai, gaze at modern wonders such as the Burj Khalifa, Emirates towers and the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab, as well as views of the older side of the city such as downtown Deira, Karama and Umm Harare. Dream big and visit the Arabian Peninsula to scale those heights!
Centre Pompidou; Malaga, Spain
One of Paris’ most iconic homes of 20th century art is heading to the Mediterranean. The first version of the centre outside of France will be housed in a large glass cube at the corner of Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of the recently renovated port, which is now lined with palm walkways, al fresco catering and shopping boutiques. In doing so, it adds to the city’s burgeoning reputation as a hot art destination joining the Museo Picasso, Museo Carmen Thyssen and Centro de Arte Contemporaneo to give visitors a veritable cultural cavalcade to indulge in. Whilst it’s been a happy base for generations of British sun seekers, now you can dive into the waters of modern art here too!
Wherever your travels take you and whichever new attractions you are lucky enough to see in 2015, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.