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Europe day gives tourism a boost

06.05.2012 From our online archive
They may have had less sun than last year but the public turned up in droves to this year's Fête de l'Europe celebration in Place Clairefontaine on Saturday.

They may have had less sun than last year but the public turned up in droves to this year's Fête de l'Europe celebration in Place Clairefontaine on Saturday.

With umbrellas in hand, hundreds of people gathered in the square, browsing stalls representing a large proportion of the European Union members.

“The weather was better last year but I think the crowd's just as good,” said Ireland Ambassador to Luxembourg Diarmuid O'Leary.

While the Fête de l'Europe is a celebration of the birth of the European Union, bringing a stabilising force to the continent, it was also a chance for member countries to promote their strengths. As such, the fair was an excellent chance for residents to gain an overview of the holiday opportunities in member states.

“Tourism wasn't our aim,” said Estonian Embassy chargé d'affaires Tuuli Parnsalu, adding: “We thought people didn't know much about Estonia. It was a nice surprise that people knew a lot about the country. Either they have been or are planning to go there.”

While the rain held off, a real party atmosphere was palpable in the busy square as Luxembourg's multicultural population entertained the crowds with music and dance from their native countries.

Among the highlights were the Ninnsiana Oriental Dancers, who added an exotic touch to the day as well as the Comhaltha Ceoltoiri Eireann, who shared authentic Irish dance and music.