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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:16 AM   #4261
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Chicago and Tokyo are really cool.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #4262
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Tokyo and Chicago are cool.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #4263
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #4264
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Madrid and Tokyo looks nice.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #4265
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logo-wise it's got to be rio

bid-wise: i'm going with chicago
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #4266
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I don't care much for the Madrids or Tokyos. I like Rio's and Chicagos (the oldest was the best of the lot) and Doha's is unique but I go back and forth on it but generally like it.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #4267
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Rios I guess
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:38 PM   #4268
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I loved the other Chicago's logo (the one with the torch). The new one, I think it's OK. From these ones, I'll go with Rio.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #4269
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Old January 6th, 2008, 11:28 AM   #4270
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Qatar to have 10,000 new hotel rooms in three years

QATAR is expected to have 10,000 new hotel rooms and 3,600 tourist apartments by 2010, according to industry sources. Of these, nearly 7,000 hotel rooms and nearly 3,000 apartment rooms will be added this year.
The new properties which will open this year are: The W (340-rooms), Marriott Courtyard (200 rooms), Marriott Renaissance (257), Grand Hyatt (300), Hilton (320), Shangri-La (272), Rotana (204) and Holiday Hotel Villa and Residence (754).
Properties under construction include the Taj Hotel at the Golf Club, Shaza Kempinski, three hotels in Pearl Qatar, Dubai Towers and the St Regis Doha Hotel.
Dubai Towers will be a mixed-use development of 80 floors. It will offer retail, state-of-the-art offices, a five-star hotel and apartments.
It will be operated by Dubai based Jumeirah International, according to information available with Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority.
A top hotel executive said the capacity increase could impact revenue by 2010 unless Qatar got the right to host the Olympics Games in 2016.
Hotel tariffs in the country peaked in 2006 when the Asian Games were held. Hotel room rents went up by an average of 5% to 15% from 2005 to 2006, the executive said.
However, he added that Qatar had lined up several global events for the coming years. They include the World Petroleum Congress and International Athletic Federation meeting. These could keep the industry busy.
“Generally, the market is looking good (for hoteliers). Despite the massive increase in capacity, hotels are likely to hold the tariff at current levels,” he said.
The business for each hotel, however, would depend on the product, including pricing, customer service and facilities, he added.
Across the Middle East, a massive $3.63tn is being invested in the travel and tourism industry in the form of 600 new hotels which will mean 650,000 new room and lead to the creation of 1.5mn new jobs.
Research by Fast Future and Global Futures and Foresight has revealed a sizeable amount of this will also be invested in leisure projects, cruise lines, tourism promotion and aviation developments across the region.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has estimated an additional 1.5mn jobs will be created in the region’s hospitality sector over the next 10 years.
While the UAE is estimated to add 97 new hotels over a period of three years, Kuwait is to add 19 hotels and 4,115 new rooms; Bahrain 15 hotels and 3,615 rooms; and Oman four hotels and 766 rooms.
Half-year results from the HotelBenchmark Survey by Deloitte showed the Middle East hotel market continued to enjoy double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive year in 2007 – with revenue per available room, or revPAR, increasing 13.7%.
During the first six months of 2007, revPAR increased about QR62, fuelled by improvements in average room rates. At about QR397, the Middle East continues to boast the highest revPAR of any region – above Asia Pacific and Europe at the equivalent of QR356 and QR367, respectively.
According to consultancy HVS International, on the other hand, the average room rate in the Middle East increased by 11% to QR510.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #4271
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Baku 2016 logo

One of the best - Baku 2016 logo



I like it

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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #4272
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Chicago is professional and by far the best.

Tokyo is borrowing far too much from London ribbon idea - it's basically lifted the design elements right from it. Eurostyle typeface doesn't work with the japanese ideals IMO far too euro in its appearance. Fail.

Rio is trying too hard to be fashionable and cutting-edge with the repetitious 'i' element, heart is cheesy... it just fails.

Madrid is plain chat ... vulgar, simplistic and poorly done. Hand is cheesy and boring. Fail.

Baku is ok, too much fire symbolism maybe, its a bit busy but not a total fail.

Doha ... hahah too funny. So bad it's funny, this looks like it was done by someone with ZERO understanding of professional international corporate identity. Major fail.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #4273
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Baku - Olympic Games 2016

ABOUT BAKU


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Baku 2016 website: http://www.baku2016.org.az


Located on the Apsheron Peninsula on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and a major center for the production of oil industry equipment.



Settled over 2000 years ago and founded around the year 500 A.D., the city has a rich history. Baku's old central district is called Icheri-Shekher. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a picturesque walled city with narrow cobblestone streets, minarets, and medieval palaces.



The modern city outside the walls features beaux-arts architecture from the early 20th century when the Baku oil field was the largest in the world, and its development continues with active construction of modern buildings. The city features a park along the waterfront, and because of its beauty and architecture it has often been called the "Paris of the Orient".



Baku is officially bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics. This is the first bid by the city to host the Olympic games. Baku-2016 logo and website presentation took place in national olympic committee building. It will be Gobustan rock paintingsthat forms circle. Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, has announced that it plans to bid for the Olympics. Initial studies suggest that the cost of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games may be $20 billion. Chingiz Huseynzade, chairman of Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee, told in a July 2007 press conference that a group of economists is working on this issue.



Recent sports experience includes Baku's hosting of the 2007 World Wrestling Championships and the 23rd European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at the Heydar Aliyev Sport Complex.

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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:29 PM   #4274
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I cannot believe that this is a serious bid.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:31 PM   #4275
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Baku 2016 Bid Promotion

See it on YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wVBqfJbs1K4
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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #4276
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B A K U - 2 0 1 6

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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #4277
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Quote:
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Baku is ok, too much fire symbolism maybe but and its a bit busy but not a total fail.
Baku's logo symbolizes 2 things:

1. Fire - Azerbaijan is often called "The Land of Fires"
2. Gobustan paintings - Ancient Gobustan rock paintings that forms circle

You can see Baku Bid promotion on YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wVBqfJbs1K4
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Old January 6th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #4278
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Don't think it has a chance vs Chicago, Rio or Tokyo to be honest.
There is btw also a Wikipedia article about it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku_2016_Olympic_bid
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Old January 6th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #4279
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Maybe yes, for 2016 it has less chances in comparision to Rio, Chicago and Tokyo, but not for 2020 and other years. Baku is getting better very fast. And it is a serious candidate for future Olympic Games and i hope to see Baku in the list of candidate cities for 2016. Moreover it is a good opportunity in order to be prepared in participation in next bids.

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Old January 6th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #4280
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See Baku in these photos. Some picture collections of Baku:

Walking in Baku - http://day.az/news/society/94657.html
Baku at Night 1 - http://day.az/news/society/86158.html
Baku at Night 2 - http://day.az/news/society/99016.html
New Year in Baku - http://day.az/news/society/102771.html
Girls of Baku - http://day.az/news/society/94538.html
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