Now, while I am not an avid fan of football I was interested to hear that with Poland hosting the Euro 2012 football championship next summer the country is likely to gain 1,000 new bars in time for the tournament. According to the Warsaw Business Journal, dozens of new restaurants will open too. There is currently approximately 10,000 pubs in Poland but the traditional pub culture is quite different to that of the UK. In fact, most Polish people tend to prefer to drink at home. However, that is all expected to change with the arrival of the Euro 2012 championship.
One lucky winner and a friend could be watching the start of the World Cup from BeerFest Slovenia courtesy of the Slovenian Tourist Board. BeerFest Slovenia is the largest beer festival in central Europe and will be showcasing 30 different beers, numerous of bands from Slovenia and neighbouring countries and the World Cup football on big screens in the centre of the capital, Ljubljana.
Visitors to BeerFest can cheer on the Slovenian team during their first World Cup match is against the USA, which takes place on June 18th 2010. The prize consists of two return flights to Ljubljana and two nights accommodation in Hotel Antiq, to be taken between June 16th – 20th 2010.
To enter visit www.slovenia.info/worldcup
For more information about BeerFest visit www.beerfestslovenia.si
I would normally shy away from discussing all things sport related (certainly football related) but last week I was invited to The Colonies pub in Victoria, London to celebrate the launch of Slovenia’s goals for hols promotion. Slovenia’s World Cup footballers have set a goal of attracting thousands of British fans with the kick-off of a holiday giveaway campaign.
Drawn in the same tournament group as England, the plucky Slovenian squad wants to encourage British holidaymakers to head for their home country in this unique promotion. Travellers will be given back part of the cost of their planned trip as Slovenia progress in South Africa – culminating in a full refund if the side carries off the trophy.
Under the Slovenia… Bet You’ll Love It campaign, travellers booking Slovenia holidays between 10 March and 10 June with participating holiday companies and travelling before June 2011 qualify for the cash-back offer. Should Slovenia reach the quarter finals, those with qualifying bookings get back 25 per cent of the cost of their holiday. If the team gets to the semi-finals, a 50 per cent refund is paid. Should the Slovenia team win the World Cup final the full cost of the holiday is paid back!
Captained by West Bromwich Albion midfielder Robert Koren, Slovenia have been drawn in the tournament’s Group C, together with England, USA and Algeria. Slovenia’s opening match is against Algeria on 13 June and they play England on 23 June.