Benefits of hosting big sporting events The sluggish world economy means a harsh climate for tourism. This week's edition of Focus asks whether major sporting events can help resuscitate the industry? London is preparing for the 2012 Olympic games, with the biggest tourism marketing campaign in its history. According to the government, 50,000 to 60,000 new jobs will be created as a result of the games and three billion euros of extra visitor spending is expected. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, has high hopes for next years Olympic Games. Hunt told euronews: “London is one of the greatest cultural cities in the world. It's one of the greatest sporting cities in the world. Next year it's where it's all going to be happening. Don't just watch it on TV, come and experience it yourself.” London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for the city, and its main message is that London is the place to visit, study and do business. According to the company, London attracts 26 million visitors per year and the industry employs more than 250,000 people. Martine Ainsworth-Wells of London & Partners explained: “There's many, many benefits for us hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Obviously, there is the increase in tourism that we expect after the Olympic Games, but also the regeneration of the east end of London. So, the Olympic site is completely regenerated land, there'll be a legacy left after the Olympic games, so the Olympic Stadium, the Velodrome, the Acquatic Centre will all be venues that could be reused again. It's all about investment and regeneration of London which will be long term.” Next year will not only be a great sporting time for London with the Olympics, but also for Poland with the European Football Championship, and for Texas with the glitz and glamour of Formula 1. Indeed Texas is one of the top states in the US in tourism terms. It attracted around 44 billion euros of travel spending in 2010 alone. Julie Chase, the director of Texas Tourism, said: “We're very excited about Formula 1 coming and starting in 2012, carrying through for a 10-year run, into Austin, Texas. The track is currently being developed and will be a multi-use track. So other activities can occur during the off-season of the race. This is bound to bring substantial travel dollars into the state. Not just into Austin, but the surrounding areas, to San Antonio, even up to Dallas and Houston. We anticipate that we will see substantial benefit from these races.” Poland will be co-hosting the European Football Championship in 2012 and wants to use the opportunity to highlight the country's tourism potential. Adam Zaborowski of the Polish Tourist Organisation explained: “Large sporting events focus attention on the host country. It is expected that about a million tourists will come to Poland during Euro 2012.” Billions of euros are also being spent on preparing Qatar for the 2022 Football World Cup, with up to 15 billion euros being injected into the tourism and entertainment industries over the next 10 years. Ahmed Abdullah M al-Nuaimi of the Qatar Tourism Authority believes Qatar can become a leading sports venue: “Qatar is becoming a venue for sports right now. Qatar is going and bidding for huge events; already we have the 2022 World Cup. We're bidding for 2010 Olympics and also we're bidding for the World Athletic Tournament for 2017. We will create Qatar as a venue, a sport venue, for all the big sport tournaments and events that are happening in the world.” Contact the reporter of this story at firstname.lastname@example.org Ali Sheikholeslami, London Correspondent
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Movember – how's that ‘tache coming along? It's mid-point in November, a time?�when thousands of charity moustaches are really beginning to take shape.?�For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Movember sees men grow their upper-lip hair for one month to raise both awareness and funds to help fight prostate cancer and other male health problems. The idea started in Australia?�in?�2003?�when just a few dozen guys decided to revive the much-maligned facial fashion for a good cause.?�Since then?�the movement has spread worldwide and?�official Movember Foundations are present in the US, Canada and several European countries. Unofficial Movember associations have been set up in?�dozens?�more?�countries.?�Since 2003?�a?�total of around 124 million euros?�has been?�raised through the official?�website and the movement appears to be growing fast; participation almost doubled between 2009 and 2010. Almost half a million people – mostly men for obvious reasons – took part last year and the movement has also merged with similar groups such as Tacheback, which raises money to battle testicular cancer. Another movement, No Shave November, also exists?�although as the name suggests, it requires not just a moustache but a whole beardful of facial hair.?�So that is why you may have noticed a growth in the moustachioed population over the last few weeks. There is also a healthy variety of styles. But do you know your Hungarian from your Horseshoe, your Handlebar from your Fu Manchu??�Here are just a few of the moustaches being tried out worldwide for Movember:?�The Chevron:?�A classic. Strong, solid, no-frills moustache that is easy to grow for a debutant. Just think Tom Selleck, Chevron-wearer par excellence (below). ?�The Hungarian or Walrus: Big, bushy, opulent. This moustache can in some cases entirely cover the mouth. Australian cricketer Merv Hughes is perhaps the finest Walrus exponent in the world of sports, although politics has had its fair share too with Lech Walesa and Josef Stalin (below) prime examples. ?�The Handlebar: Probably needs wax if it's to be done properly. Bushy in the middle then tapered out?�and pointed up at the ends, ?� la Franz Ferdinand (the historical figure, not the pop-rock group). Perhaps perfected by baseball star Rollie Fingers (below), whose Handlebar came almost full circle on itself. The Horseshoe: The name tells you all you need to know about the shape of this moustache. Like a goatee but without the chin whiskers, it can be narrow?�but also?�bushy. Wrestler Hulk Hogan (below) is famous for his, while Ben Stiller gets the shape right in the film Dodgeball. The Fu Manchu: Like the horseshoe but where the ends just keep growing off the face. A difficult one to pull off for first time tache growers but one that will make wearers seem like kung fu specialists. Named after the fictional evil genius (below). ?�The Dali: You don't need to be mad to wear this moustache but it helps. It will also require plenty of attention and grooming. Must be kept very narrow at the upper lip and grown long enough to?�shoot upwards from the corners of the mouth.?�Inspired?�by?�Salvador Dali (below), who has been quoted as saying that “without a moustache a man is not really dressed.” ?�The Toothbrush: Just a few centimetres across below the nose, but kept fairly thick to form a square between nose and mouth.?�Charlie Chaplin (below)?�made it famous, Adolf Hitler made it infamous. The Pencil: A good moustache for a round face. It needs to be kept very thin, making it a high-maintenance ‘tache. It should also be contained to the limits of the mouth so it simply outlines the upper lip. If you're looking for a famous example, Errol Flynn (below) would be a good place to start, or the character Gomez in the 1991 Addams Family film. ?�
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Future imperfect: Italy post-Berlusconi For a man who loved the limelight, it was the worst of endings. Forced out of office to make way for economic reforms and then, after resigning, forced to leave the president's residence by the side door. Good riddance to bad rubbish is an opinion shared by many sections of the Italian press. Political analyst, Franco Pavoncello believes such agreement may well serve the incoming government. “I think there will be a honeymoon of two or three months for Mr Monti to try and kick-start the Italian economy and to see if these reforms can be enacted,” he said. Berlusconi has already hinted that he may take a tilt at yet another comeback. Even some of his supporters, however, have grown weary of his antics. There has been much talk of an end of an era, but given Berlusconi still faces corruption trials and owns much of the country's broadcast media, Italians are unlikely to have heard the last of him.