General Travel News

IKEA plans to build an entire city district

If you remember, a few days ago IKEA had announced plans to open and run hotels.

Now the Swedish furniture giant plans to build a brand-new district with shops, flats and office space for thousands of people in the northern German city of Hamburg.

“We want to build a new city district for the benefit of Hamburg,” Harald Mueller, head of the firm’s property subsidiary Landprop, told the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Mueller said they were searching in Hamburg, a major port city, for a plot of land of at least five acres (two hectares) to build on, in conjunction with the city authorities.

The Hamburger Abendblatt said the project would run along similar lines to a planned development in eastern London for which Ikea is preparing to build around 1,200 flats, offices, hotels and shops.

The firm, which specialises in inexpensive furnishings that consumers assemble themselves, last week announced a one-billion-euro ($1.25 billion) move into the hotel sector, opening at least 100 hotels in Europe.

Construction of the hotels will be funded from revenues from the Ikea brand, which the company recently valued at 9 billion euros, but will not bear the company logo and be operated by a hotel management company.

More General Travel News
Dinner with a view at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
Six year old invited to try Etihad flight simulator
Turkish Kebab Festival in Riyadh
Latest Travel News
Emirates launches US$15 million campaign...
Six year old invited to try Etihad fligh...
Turkish Kebab Festival in Riyadh...
Featured Sights To See
Jellie Park Aqualand

Jellie Park Aqualand

Christchurch, New Zealand

On warm sunny Christchurch days, take out your children to this outdoor amusement park for a day full of excitement with water games, outdoor swimming, water slides and secluded family picnic areas for privacy. The Aqualand offers a retreat for families to enjoy some quality time together and is a good opportunity to socialize! Location:295 Ilam Road, Bryndwr Phone: +64 (0)3 351 705...

Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory

Sydney, Australia

Watson Road, Observatory Hill Tel: (02) 9217 0485. Fax: (02) 9217 0489. E-mail: observatory@phm.gov.au Website: www.sydneyobservatory.com.au Opening hours: Daily 1000-1700. Admission: Free; A$6 (day tour); A$15 (night tour); concessions available. ...

Tavel House

Tavel House

Geneva, Switzerland

This is an old residential building in Geneva that was destroyed by a massive fire in the early 14th century, but has been restored and converted into a cultural museum. It has on display articles of daily use in Geneva, dating back from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century. The attic has a miniature model of an ancient Geneva when the rampart walls were still in place around the city. &nbs...

Lucerna Passage

Lucerna Passage

Prague, Czech Republic

A 1920s Art Nouveau shopping arcade that runs below the Lucerna Palace this place has a cafe and club but the biggest sight here is a quirky sculpture by renowned artist David Cerny. If you want to see his sculpture, just look up: it is hanging from the atrium, depicting King Wenceslas astride the belly of a dead, upside down horse. Location: Stepanska 61                      {load...