SLEEPING Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland Paris and the historic Petra in Jordan are among the sites that will ‘go green’ to celebrate this year’s St Patrick’s Day.
The annual initiative, which sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day has grown from strength to strength, with a number of new landmarks signing up to take part this year.
These include Holmenkollen ski jump in Giza and a host of sites in Chicago.
Among the ‘returning’ sites are the Pyramids of Giza .
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore said: “From the iconic site of Petra in Jordan, to Niagara Falls and Table Mountain, St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated by Ireland’s friends all over the world. Tourism Ireland and our embassy network deserve great credit on making the Global Greening initiative such a success. Each and every Greening is an expression of friendship as well as an open invitation to come to visit Ireland.
“St Patrick’s Day is a unique and unrivalled annual opportunity to promote Ireland worldwide, particularly in terms of tourism, but also to encourage people to study and invest in Ireland, and to showcase Irish companies, products, services, food and drink. The Tourism Ireland Global Greening initiative will complement the broader trade and investment-focused programme of ministerial travel for the 2014 St Patrick’s Day period, which will be announced shortly.”
Other new sites going green for the first time in 2014 include Canada’s famous ski resort of Whistler; one of the highest waterfalls in Europe, the Rhine Falls near Zurich; the distinctive Evoluon Eindhoven in the Netherlands; four iconic skyscrapers in Philadelphia; the Petřín Lookout Tower in Prague; the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India; the new SSE Hydro in Glasgow; and Hannover Town Hall.
The new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Pyramids in Egypt, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, Table Mountain in South Africa, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building in New York, the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, the Allianz Arena and Odeonsplatz in Munich, the Sky Tower in New Zealand and the Cibeles Palace and fountain in Madrid.