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viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016

The capital cities of New Zealand and Australia could soon have even stronger political, cultural and tourism ties. Wellington and Canberra look to become sister cities


The capital cities of New Zealand and Australia could soon have even stronger political, cultural and tourism ties.
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The capital cities of New Zealand and Australia could soon have even stronger political, cultural and tourism ties.
Wellington city is edging closer to gaining a new sister. 
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has proposed Australia's capital city, Canberra, become our capital's next sister city. 
Councillors will consider whether to formalise the relationship between the two capital cities a full council meeting on Wednesday. 
Visitors to Canberra can spend some time at Australia's Parliament House.
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Visitors to Canberra can spend some time at Australia's Parliament House.
Australian Capital Territory chief minister Andrew Barr is ready to sign the deal when he visits Wellington in early July.

Wade-Brown, who visited Canberra in April, said the new deal would bring the cities closer together, forging stronger economic, environmental, political, cultural and tourism ties.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says together the two trans-tasman capitals will be stronger, and have more impact on the global ...
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Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says together the two trans-tasman capitals will be stronger, and have more impact on the global stage.
"Together the capital cities will be stronger and have more impact on the global stage," she said. 
"Wellington and Canberra have a lot in common and this relationship will help equip both cities for long-term success."
Businesses that provided services to the government sector had an obvious opportunity to expand, and the recent agreement with Singapore Airlines to fly from Singapore to Wellington with a stop-over in Canberra, was an example of what had already been achieved. 
From September there will be four flights a week between Wellington and Canberra, connecting to Singapore.

The sister city relationship would also provide an opportunity to promote tourism from Asia. 
FIVE REASONS TO VISIT CANBERRA
1. The Australian War Memorial: It chronicles the involvement of Australia's troops in war, from the colonial period to the present. Ranked second on Trip Advisor's 2015 Top 10 Australian landmarks.
2. Parliament House: See Australian democracy in action, or simply check on who the latest prime minister is.
3. Art galleries: Dotted across the city, including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.
4. The Deep Space Communication Complex:  The nearby Tidbinbilla valley is dominated by giant antenna dishes that communicate with spacecraft exploring planets hundreds of millions of kilometres away.
5. Foliage: Canberra is home to the National Arboretum, devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research and educational purposes. It features 48,000 trees.
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