France has mobilised a huge security detail of 90,000 France has mobilised a huge security detail of 90,000 police and security guards to protect the 10 venues hosting matches around the country. Some of the 10,000 soldiers deployed around France since last years deadly jihadist attacks in Paris will also be used to secure the matches. “Our objective is for the Euro to be a big festive gathering, but we owe the French the truth. One hundred percent precaution does not mean a zero percent risk,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said recently. While fan zones and stadiums will be under heavy guard and surveillance, a bigger risk may exist in adjoining areas. The attacks on November 13 in Paris that killed 130 people demonstrated that hitting random “soft targets” such as bars and restaurants was just as effective in generating fear. “Nothing is simpler than organising an attack. You protect 1,000 targets, so its the 1,001st target that will be hit,” said Pascal Boniface, head of the Institute for International and Strategic Relations in Paris. “Driving past in a car and firing on pedestrians is within the capabilities of many people,” he added. In the current climate, any minor attack or even attempted attack risks ending the football competition immediately. “If there are any deaths, its simple — three-quarters of foreign teams will leave France,” said the counter-terrorism official. “And if Daesh claims an attack and promises more, everyone will leave. In any case, how could we continue to have a football party while were burying victims?” AFP KHS KHSadvertisement
Travelodge Hotels is set to open a new 209-room hotel at Sydney Airport with all-day dining and a late night bar, as well as an 800-bay car park, offering the perfect layover for the no-nonsense traveller seeking comfort and convenience at Australia’s busiest airport. TFE Hotels will manage the new hotel, which is being developed by Andary Group and located on O’Riordan Street and King Street in Mascot, only 500 metres from the terminal entrance. The hotel forms part of the ongoing transformation of Mascot, which is host to a series of new developments, including serviced holiday units and trendy inner city apartment blocks.Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport will be 18th hotel under the brand banner in Australia and New Zealand, sharing its Refreshingly Simple promise, offering guests “more of what you want and less of what you don’t”. In convenient locations with smart design, Travelodge Hotels have a down to earth attitude and an honest sense of humour – they are all about the simple pleasures.In keeping with this brand promise, the new hotel will have comfortable beds, a stylish open lobby and contemporary décor, free Wi-Fi, hearty breakfasts and standard 11am check-out, as well as 24-hour room service and all day dining and a late night bar at T’s Bar & Bistro, ideal for those flying in or out on later flights or adjusting to different time zones. The menus will be prepared with freshness in mind – something sure to appeal to those coming from a long plane journey. Coupled with the outdoor dining space, guests will feel revived in no time. Interconnecting rooms make it a great option for family or group stays.TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said the new hotel would aptly meet the increasing volume of business and leisure guests coming in and out of Sydney.“This exciting new addition to the Sydney hotel scene is part of the broader transformation of airport accommodation in Australia, which is turning airport hotels into appealing and desirable places to spend time as part of any holiday or business journey,” Ms Argaman said. “Travelodge Hotels has a down to earth attitude and an honest sense of humour.These hotels offer great accommodation in central and convenient locations with a relaxed feel and all the essential comforts that travellers seek today. It makes them ideal places to stay before or after any flight.”The hotel has an opening offer of 25 per cent off the fully flexible rate including one buffet breakfast daily for fully pre-paid bookings (non-refundable) for stays between 1 September and 31 October, subject to availability.